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.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade has not been fully tested, yet.

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’ 2018 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 14th in reliability. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

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.

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

 

CX-5

Renegade

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85 MPH

81.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

CX-5

Renegade

 

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

 

4WD

4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

 

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-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

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

 

60 to 0 MPH

124 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’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57% to 43%) than the Renegade’s (59.9% to 40.1%). This gives the CX-5 more stable handling and braking.

The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (28 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 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Renegade (103.8 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 area 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 area with its rear seat folded than the Renegade with its rear seat folded (59.6 vs. 50.8 cubic feet).

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).

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 readouts 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 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 available headlights were rated “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” in 2018. The Renegade has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Jeep Renegade by 54% during the 2018 model year.

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