2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2019 Jeep Renegade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Jeep Renegade doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Renegade doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking optional in the Equinox as “Superior.” The Renegade scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Equinox Premier offers an optional Surround Vision 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 Equinox and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, 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.

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

Equinox

Renegade

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

159

207

Neck Injury Risk

17%

26%

Neck Stress

190 lbs.

332 lbs.

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

18 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

26%

35%

Neck Stress

153 lbs.

221 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

264/236 lbs.

290/322 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 Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Jeep Renegade:

Equinox

Renegade

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

109

140

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

288

322

Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

630 lbs.

1087 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

41 G’s

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Equinox the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Renegade’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 25 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Equinox has a standard 700-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 Equinox’s reliability 11 points higher than the Renegade.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Renegade isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

Engine

The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 72 more horsepower (252 vs. 180) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox is faster than the Jeep Renegade 2.4 4-cyl.:

Equinox 1.5

Equinox 2.0

Renegade

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

6.6 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

15.2 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.1 MPH

92.1 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Equinox

FWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/30 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

Regardless of its engine, the Equinox’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Renegade 2.4-liter doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (14.9 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Equinox AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (15.6 vs. 12.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Equinox 2.0T’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Renegade:

Equinox 2.0T

Renegade

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

10.95 inches

The Equinox stops much shorter than the Renegade:

Equinox

Renegade

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Equinox has larger standard tires than the Renegade (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Equinox Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Renegade (235/50R19 vs. 225/55R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equinox has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Renegade.

The Equinox has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Renegade doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the Renegade (107.3 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Equinox is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Renegade.

The Equinox’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Renegade’s (59.9% to 40.1%). This gives the Equinox more stable handling and braking.

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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

The front grille of the Equinox 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.

The Equinox uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Renegade doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Equinox has 3.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Renegade (103.2 vs. 100.1).

The Equinox has 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 4.8 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Renegade.

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

The front step up height for the Equinox is 2.2 inches lower than the Renegade (17.2” vs. 19.4”). The Equinox’s rear step up height is 2.1 inches lower than the Renegade’s (17.5” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Renegade with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Renegade with its rear seat folded (63.9 vs. 50.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Equinox easier. The Equinox’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.6 inches, while the Renegade’s liftover is 30.2 inches.

The Equinox’s cargo area is larger than the Renegade’s in almost every dimension:

Equinox

Renegade

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.9”/67.4”

28.9”/59”

Max Width

53.7”

n/a

Min Width

40.7”

37.6”

Height

31”

33.7”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Equinox LT/Premier’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 Equinox (except L/LS) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Equinox Premier, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Renegade doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The Equinox’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Renegade’s (1500 vs. 0 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Jeep Renegade 4x4 is only 2000 pounds. The Equinox offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Equinox (except L/LS), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Renegade doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Equinox’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Renegade doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Renegade does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

On a hot day the Equinox’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Renegade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The Renegade doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost Uconnect Access can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Consumer Reports rated the Equinox’s headlight performance “Good” to “Very Good” (depending on model and options), a higher rating than the Renegade’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Equinox has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Renegade Sport.

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

When the Equinox with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Renegade’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Equinox offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Renegade offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Equinox and the Renegade offer available heated front seats. The Equinox Premier 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 Equinox Premier 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 Equinox and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Equinox 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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the Renegade, including $300 less for a starter and $323 less for front struts.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Renegade isn’t in the top three.

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Jeep Renegade by over three to one during 2018.

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