2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Honda HR-V

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Safety

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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 HR-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To help make backing safer, the Renegade’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The HR-V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Renegade Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited offers optional SiriusXM Guardian, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The HR-V doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Renegade and the HR-V 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

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 Honda HR-V:

Renegade

HR-V

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

35%

41%

Leg Forces (l/r)

290/322 lbs.

574/500 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 Jeep Renegade is safer than the Honda HR-V:

Renegade

HR-V

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

140

148

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

158 G’s

Hip Force

320 lbs.

321 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

593 lbs.

799 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Renegade’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Renegade has a standard 500-amp battery. The HR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 36 more horsepower (177 vs. 141) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl. The Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 39 more horsepower (180 vs. 141) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda HR-V:

Renegade

HR-V

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.8 sec

9.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

16.2 sec

16.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.2 sec

9.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4.5 sec

4.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

6.2 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Renegade (except 2.4-liter)’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The HR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Renegade has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The HR-V doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Renegade’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the HR-V:

Renegade

HR-V

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.5 inches

The Renegade stops much shorter than the HR-V:

Renegade

HR-V

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

127 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’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the HR-V (225/55R18 vs. 215/55R17).

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 HR-V’s 55 series tires.

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

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 HR-V, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

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 Honda HR-V 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 HR-V 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 HR-V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the HR-V’s (35.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Renegade’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the HR-V’s (36.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Renegade has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the HR-V (8 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Renegade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Renegade Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 2 inches higher than on the HR-V (8.7 vs. 6.7 inches).

Chassis

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The Renegade is 3.8 inches shorter than the HR-V, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Renegade (except Trailhawk) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The HR-V doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Renegade Limited 4x4 is quieter than the HR-V EX-L AWD:

Renegade

HR-V

At idle

41 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the HR-V.

Towing

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The Renegade 4x4 2.4 4 cyl. offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The HR-V has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Renegade offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The HR-V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Renegade and the HR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Renegade is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The HR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 HR-V’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Renegade Sport/Latitude’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The HR-V LX/Sport’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Renegade’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 HR-V 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 HR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Renegade’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

On extremely cold winter days, the Renegade’s optional (except Sport) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The HR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Renegade offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The HR-V doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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 HR-V doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Renegade (except Sport) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The HR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 HR-V 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 HR-V is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Renegade is less expensive to operate than the HR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Renegade than the HR-V, including $13 less for fuel injection, $79 less for a fuel pump and $332 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its September 2015 issue and they ranked the Jeep Renegade Latitude 4x4 two places higher than the Honda HR-V EX-L AWD.

The Jeep Renegade outsold the Honda HR-V by 14% during 2018.

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