2019 Toyota C-HR vs. 2019 Jeep Renegade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The C-HR’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Renegade doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the C-HR and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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

 

C-HR

Renegade

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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 Toyota C-HR is safer than the Jeep Renegade:

 

C-HR

Renegade

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

80

140

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.8 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

508 lbs.

1087 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

41 G’s

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

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the C-HR for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Renegade.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the C-HR has a standard 520-amp battery. The Renegade’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 C-HR’s reliability 25 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 Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

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

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the C-HR gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade FWD with its standard engine (27 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota C-HR uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Renegade with the 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The C-HR has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Renegade doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The C-HR stops shorter than the Renegade:

 

C-HR

Renegade

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The C-HR LE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Renegade’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the C-HR LE 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 C-HR’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Renegade (103.9 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The C-HR Limited handles at .81 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The C-HR XLE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the C-HR’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s (34.2 feet vs. 35.3 feet). The C-HR’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Renegade’s (34.2 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

Chassis

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

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the C-HR is 3.4 inches lower than the Renegade (16” vs. 19.4”). The C-HR’s rear step up height is 3.1 inches lower than the Renegade’s (16.5” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

The C-HR has a larger cargo volume than the Renegade with its rear seat up (19 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The C-HR’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.

If the windows are left open on the C-HR the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Renegade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The C-HR 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 C-HR’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Renegade’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The C-HR has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Renegade Sport.

The C-HR 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.

The C-HR’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Renegade.

The C-HR has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Renegade.

Economic Advantages

The C-HR will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the C-HR will retain 54.77% to 54.9% of its original price after five years, while the Renegade only retains 41.75% to 46.23%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota C-HR will be $1972 to $6380 less than for the Jeep Renegade.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota C-HR, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Renegade isn't recommended.

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