2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Jeep Renegade

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

The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor 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.

The Tucson’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 Tucson and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Jeep Renegade:

Tucson

Renegade

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

207

Neck Injury Risk

21%

26%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

332 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

343/366 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

226

363

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

221 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 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, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Jeep Renegade:

Tucson

Renegade

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

140

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

107 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

241

322

Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

482 lbs.

1087 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Renegade’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Jeep covers the Renegade. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Renegade ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Renegade’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tucson has a standard 600-amp battery. The Renegade’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small 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 Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 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 Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 12 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (181 vs. 177) than the Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl.:

Tucson

Renegade

Zero to 60 MPH

8.8 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.1 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Tucson 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 Tucson has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (16.4 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Renegade doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Tucson stops shorter than the Renegade:

Tucson

Renegade

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the Renegade (225/60R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Renegade (245/45R19 vs. 225/55R18).

The Tucson SE/Value’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 Tucson SE/Value has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Renegade.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tucson 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 Tucson’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Renegade (105.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Renegade.

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

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s (34.9 feet vs. 35.3 feet). The Tucson’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Renegade’s (34.9 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

Chassis

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The design of the Hyundai Tucson amounts to more than styling. The Tucson has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 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 Tucson get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Tucson 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 Tucson has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Renegade (102.2 vs. 100.1).

The Tucson has .3 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear hip room than the Renegade.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Renegade with its rear seat up (31 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Renegade with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 50.8 cubic feet).

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

Tucson

Renegade

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

28.9”/59”

Max Width

53”

n/a

Min Width

40.7”

37.6”

Height

35.2”

33.7”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Tucson’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Renegade doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Tucson’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Renegade’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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

The Renegade’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Tucson Limited’s optional 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.

Both the Tucson and the Renegade offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Renegade.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate 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 Tucson and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate 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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Renegade doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $610 less than the Renegade over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Renegade, including $47 less for a water pump, $150 less for front brake pads, $402 less for a starter, $62 less for a fuel pump, $295 less for front struts and $244 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Jeep Renegade by 47% during 2018.

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