2020 Ford Escape FHEV vs. 2020 Jeep Renegade

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape FHEV have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jeep Renegade doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Escape FHEV has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escape FHEV offers an optional backup collision prevention system 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 Escape FHEV’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 Escape FHEV and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Escape FHEV the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2019.

Warranty

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There are over 26 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Escape FHEV’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Escape FHEV has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Renegade doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 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 Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 10 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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The Escape FHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 23 more horsepower (200 vs. 177) than the Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4-cylinder. The Escape FHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 20 more horsepower (200 vs. 180) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape FHEV is faster than the Jeep Renegade:

Escape FHEV

Renegade turbo 4-cyl.

Renegade 4-cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

9.3 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.3 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.7 MPH

78.1 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Escape FHEV gets better mileage than the Renegade:

MPG

Escape FHEV

FWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

44 city/37 hwy

AWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/37 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

Regenerative brakes improve the Escape FHEV’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Renegade doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Escape FHEV has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (14.2 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Escape FHEV 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

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The Escape FHEV stops much shorter than the Renegade:

Escape FHEV

Renegade

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Escape FHEV has larger tires than the Renegade (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).

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

Suspension and Handling

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The Escape FHEV has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Renegade’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape FHEV’s wheelbase is 5.5 inches longer than on the Renegade (106.7 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escape FHEV is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Renegade.

The Escape FHEV SE Sport 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escape FHEV SE Sport 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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

Passenger Space

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The Escape FHEV has 3.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Renegade (104 vs. 100.1).

The Escape FHEV has 1.2 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 3.8 inches more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Renegade.

Cargo Capacity

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The Escape FHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Renegade with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Escape FHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Renegade with its rear seat folded (60.8 vs. 50.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape FHEV easier. The Escape FHEV’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.9 inches, while the Renegade’s liftover is 30.2 inches.

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

Escape FHEV

Renegade

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

36.7”/68.3”

28.9”/59”

Max Width

57.3”

n/a

Min Width

41.4”

37.6”

Height

32.8”

33.7”

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

Towing

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

The Escape FHEV can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Escape FHEV can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Renegade can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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When three different drivers share the Escape FHEV Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. 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 Escape FHEV Titanium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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 Escape FHEV Titanium’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 Escape FHEV’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Renegade Sport/Latitude’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Escape FHEV 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 Renegade only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Both the Escape FHEV and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape FHEV 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.

The Escape FHEV Titanium’s Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Renegade’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Recommendations

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The Ford Escape outsold the Jeep Renegade by over three to one during 2019.

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