2019 Toyota Rav4 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 Pre-Collision System in the Rav4 as “Superior.” The Renegade scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 (except LE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Renegade doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rav4 Limited offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Renegade only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Rav4 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rav4 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 167 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 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’ 2019 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 second in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

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

The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (203 vs. 177) than the Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 23 more horsepower (203 vs. 180) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Rav4 is faster than the Jeep Renegade 2.4 4 cyl.:

 

Rav4

Renegade

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

22.5 sec

32.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.5 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

81 MPH

Top Speed

122 MPH

114 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

Renegade

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

 

 

1.3 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

1.3 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

 

 

Trailhawk 1.3 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 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.

The Rav4 has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (14.5 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rav4 stops much shorter than the Renegade:

 

Rav4

Renegade

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rav4 has larger standard tires than the Renegade (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Renegade (235/55R19 vs. 225/55R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rav4 LE/XLE 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 Rav4’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Renegade (105.9 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Renegade.

The Rav4’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the Renegade’s (59.9% to 40.1%). This gives the Rav4 more stable handling and braking.

The Rav4 Adventure handles at .84 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Rav4 Adventure executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 LE/XLE has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Renegade (8.4 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Rav4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

For excellent aerodynamics, the Rav4 has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Renegade doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 has 1.2 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Renegade.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4’s rear seats recline. The Renegade’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Renegade with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Renegade with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 50.8 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Rav4 (except LE) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or, optionally on the Rav4 Limited, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Renegade doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The Rav4’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Renegade’s (1500 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Rav4 (except LE/XLE/Adventure), the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Renegade doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Rav4’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 Rav4 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 Rav4 and the Renegade offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 Limited 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 Rav4 Adventure/Limited 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 Rav4 and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rav4 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited 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.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Jeep Renegade by over four to one during 2018.

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