2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2019 Jeep Renegade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Corolla Hatchback has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Renegade doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla Hatchback 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

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.

Engine

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Corolla Hatchback

Renegade

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

9.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

81.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Corolla Hatchback SE CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade FWD with its standard engine (32 city/42 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Renegade doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The Corolla Hatchback offers an optional 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 Corolla Hatchback stops shorter than the Renegade:

 

Corolla Hatchback

Renegade

 

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

130 feet

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Tires and Wheels

The Corolla Hatchback SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Renegade’s standard 65 series tires. The Corolla Hatchback XSE’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Renegade Limited’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corolla Hatchback’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Renegade (103.9 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Corolla Hatchback SE handles at .80 G’s, while the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The Corolla Hatchback is 9.4 inches shorter in height than the Renegade, making the Corolla Hatchback much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

The design of the Toyota Corolla Hatchback amounts to more than styling. The Corolla Hatchback has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the Renegade (.35 to .37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Corolla Hatchback get better fuel mileage.

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

Passenger Space

The Corolla Hatchback has .8 inches more front legroom and .8 inches more front hip room than the Renegade.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Renegade Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Corolla Hatchback XSE CVT’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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Renegade.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Corolla Hatchback XSE 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.

Model Availability

The Toyota Corolla comes in sedan, four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Jeep Renegade isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Economic Advantages

The Corolla Hatchback will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Corolla Hatchback will retain 51.71% to 51.95% 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 Corolla Hatchback will be $2982 to $8355 less than for the Jeep Renegade.

Recommendations

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

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Jeep Renegade by over three to one during 2018.

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