2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Jeep Renegade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Smart City Brake Support optional in the CX-5 as “Superior.” The Renegade scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Both the CX-5 and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Jeep Renegade:

CX-5

Renegade

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

82

207

Neck Injury Risk

23%

26%

Neck Stress

274 lbs.

332 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

160/307 lbs.

343/366 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

156

363

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

205 lbs.

221 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Jeep Renegade:

CX-5

Renegade

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

81

140

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.8 inches

Hip Force

189 lbs.

320 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

208

322

Spine Acceleration

65 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

524 lbs.

1087 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

Spine Acceleration

32 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

435 lbs.

593 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CX-5’s reliability 13 points higher than the Renegade.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 21st in reliability. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Jeep is ranked 22nd.

Engine

The CX-5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (187 vs. 177) than the Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. The CX-5’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (187 vs. 180) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 70 more horsepower (250 vs. 180) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs. 200) than the Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mazda CX-5 is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl.:

CX-5 4 cyl.

CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature

Renegade

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

n/a

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

6.4 sec

9.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

n/a

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

14.9 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85 MPH

93.6 MPH

81.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-5 gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade:

MPG

CX-5

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

AWD

2.2 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

27 city/30 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

Renegade

FWD

1.3 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

AWD

1.3 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

Trailhawk 1.3 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 2.5 non-turbo’s fuel efficiency. The Renegade doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The CX-5 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (14.8 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The CX-5 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (15.3 vs. 12.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Renegade:

CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature

Renegade

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.95 inches

The CX-5 stops shorter than the Renegade:

CX-5

Renegade

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CX-5 has larger tires than the Renegade (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CX-5 Sport/Touring has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Renegade.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-5’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Renegade (106.2 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CX-5 is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Renegade.

The CX-5 Signature AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

For excellent aerodynamics, the CX-5 has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

The CX-5 has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Renegade (103.6 vs. 100.1).

The CX-5 has 2.1 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 4.5 inches more rear legroom and 3.4 inches more rear hip room than the Renegade.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CX-5’s rear seats recline. The Renegade’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the CX-5 is 1.8 inches lower than the Renegade (17.6” vs. 19.4”). The CX-5’s rear step up height is 1.4 inches lower than the Renegade’s (18.2” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

The CX-5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Renegade with its rear seat up (30.9 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The CX-5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Renegade with its rear seat folded (59.6 vs. 50.8 cubic feet).

The CX-5’s cargo area is larger than the Renegade’s in almost every dimension:

CX-5

Renegade

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38”/n.a.

28.9”/59”

Max Width

57”

n/a

Min Width

41.3”

37.6”

Height

32.4”

33.7”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CX-5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Renegade doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CX-5 (except Sport) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Renegade doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The CX-5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Renegade’s (2000 vs. 0 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Jeep Renegade 4x4 is only 2000 pounds. The CX-5 offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Renegade doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CX-5 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Renegade doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Renegade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The CX-5 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Renegade doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the CX-5’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Renegade’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CX-5’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Renegade’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The Renegade Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

The CX-5 has standard power remote mirrors. The Renegade only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

Both the CX-5 and the Renegade offer available heated front seats. The CX-5 Grand Touring also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Renegade.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the CX-5 (except Sport/Touring) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Renegade doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the CX-5 and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Renegade doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CX-5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the CX-5 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Renegade is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

The CX-5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CX-5 will retain 49.11% to 49.47% of its original price after five years, while the Renegade only retains 41.75% to 46.23%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-5 is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because it costs $234 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-5 than the Renegade, including $137 less for a water pump, $68 less for a muffler, $139 less for front brake pads, $344 less for a starter, $56 less for a fuel pump, $260 less for front struts and $150 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Renegade isn't recommended.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Renegade has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Jeep Renegade by 55% during 2018.

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