2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5

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Safety

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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 CX-5 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Compared to metal, the Renegade’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-5 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Renegade and the CX-5 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 cross-path warning.

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 Mazda CX-5:

Renegade

CX-5

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

126 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

222

449

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

Warranty

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There are over 4 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Renegade’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Renegade has larger alternators than the CX-5:

Renegade

CX-5

Standard Alternator

150 amps

100 amps

Optional Alternator

160 amps

150 amps

Engine

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The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 186) than the CX-5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Renegade gets better fuel mileage than the CX-5:

MPG

Renegade

FWD

1.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

AWD

1.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

Trailhawk 1.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

CX-5

FWD

2.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

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 CX-5 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 CX-5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

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 CX-5.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Renegade’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-5:

Renegade

CX-5

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

The Renegade stops much shorter than the CX-5:

Renegade

CX-5

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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 CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s 55 series tires.

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 CX-5, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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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 CX-5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Renegade Latitude 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the CX-5 Grand Touring AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the CX-5’s (35.3 feet vs. 36 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Renegade has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-5 (8 vs. 7.5 inches), allowing the Renegade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Renegade Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the CX-5 (8.7 vs. 7.5 inches).

Chassis

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The Jeep Renegade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Mazda CX-5.

The Renegade is 1 foot shorter than the CX-5, 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 CX-5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The CX-5 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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The Renegade has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The CX-5 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Renegade and the CX-5 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 CX-5 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Renegade’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The CX-5’s power window (except driver window) and power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Renegade’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda only offers heated mirrors on the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature.

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 CX-5 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 CX-5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Renegade is less expensive to operate than the CX-5 because typical repairs cost much less on the Renegade than the CX-5, including $223 less for fuel injection and $169 less for a power steering pump.

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