2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Ford EcoSport

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The Renegade has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Renegade Sport/Latitude/Limited offers an optional Active Braking, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The EcoSport doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Renegade Sport/Latitude/Limited’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Renegade Sport/Latitude/Limited offers optional ParkSense to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Renegade and the EcoSport 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, 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 Jeep Renegade is safer than the Ford EcoSport:

Renegade

EcoSport

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

250

Neck Injury Risk

26%

36%

Neck Stress

332 lbs.

403 lbs.

Neck Compression

18 lbs.

60 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

343/366 lbs.

495/441 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

35%

38%

Neck Compression

47 lbs.

74 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 Jeep Renegade is safer than the Ford EcoSport:

Renegade

EcoSport

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.9 inches

Hip Force

320 lbs.

337 lbs.

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

Engine

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The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 54 more horsepower (177 vs. 123) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 125) than the EcoSport’s standard 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. The Renegade’s 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (177 vs. 166) and 61 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 149) than the EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (180 vs. 166) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 149) than the EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Ford EcoSport 4 cyl.:

Renegade

EcoSport

Zero to 60 MPH

9 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.8 MPH

77 MPH

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Renegade, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the EcoSport.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Renegade’s brake rotors are larger than those on the EcoSport:

Renegade

EcoSport

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

10.95 inches

10.7 inches

The Renegade stops much shorter than the EcoSport:

Renegade

EcoSport

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Renegade has larger standard tires than the EcoSport (215/65R16 vs. 205/60R16). The Renegade’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the EcoSport (225/55R18 vs. 205/60R16).

The Renegade Latitude/Limited’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the EcoSport’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The EcoSport’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Jeep Renegade’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford EcoSport only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Renegade offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the EcoSport, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Jeep Renegade has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The EcoSport 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Renegade has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Renegade flat and controlled during cornering. The EcoSport 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Renegade has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The EcoSport doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Renegade’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The EcoSport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Renegade’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the EcoSport (101.2 inches vs. 99.2 inches).

The Renegade’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.9% to 40.1%) than the EcoSport’s (62% to 38%). This gives the Renegade more stable handling and braking.

The Renegade Latitude 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the EcoSport SE pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Renegade Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the EcoSport SE (28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the EcoSport (100.1 vs. 91.1).

The Renegade has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 3 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the EcoSport.

Cargo Capacity

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The Renegade has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the EcoSport with its rear seat folded (50.8 vs. 50 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The EcoSport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Renegade’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The EcoSport’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

Ergonomics

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The Renegade’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The EcoSport has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Renegade’s front power windows 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 EcoSport’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Renegade detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The EcoSport doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Renegade offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The EcoSport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Renegade’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the EcoSport Titanium/SES.

The Renegade’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The EcoSport doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Renegade has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The EcoSport doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The EcoSport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Renegade’s optional Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The EcoSport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Renegade owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Renegade with a number “5” insurance rate while the EcoSport is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

The Renegade will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Renegade will retain 45.96% to 48.34% of its original price after five years, while the EcoSport only retains 41.18% to 42.38%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Renegade is less expensive to operate than the EcoSport because typical repairs cost much less on the Renegade than the EcoSport, including $80 less for fuel injection, $60 less for a fuel pump, $438 less for a timing belt/chain and $598 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Renegade outsold the Ford EcoSport by 79% during 2018.

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