2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Nissan Kicks

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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 Kicks doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Renegade offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Kicks doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Jeep Renegade has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Kicks doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

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 Kicks doesn’t offer a lane departure 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 Kicks doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Renegade and the Kicks 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 crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Jeep Renegade weighs 487 to 888 pounds more than the Nissan Kicks. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Nissan 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 a standard 150-amp alternator (160-amp - Renegade Auto). The Kicks’ 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 55 more horsepower (177 vs. 122) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 114) than the Kicks’ 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. The Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 58 more horsepower (180 vs. 122) and 61 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 114) than the Kicks’ 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Nissan Kicks:

Renegade

Kicks

Zero to 60 MPH

8.8 sec

9.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

32.2 sec

36.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.2 sec

10.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81 MPH

80 MPH

Top Speed

115 MPH

110 MPH

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 Kicks doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Renegade has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Kicks (12.7 vs. 10.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Kicks doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Renegade

Kicks

Front Rotors

12 inches

10.16 inches

Rear Rotors

10.95 inches

8” drums

The Jeep Renegade has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Kicks. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Renegade stops much shorter than the Kicks:

Renegade

Kicks

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Kicks’ 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 Nissan Kicks 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 Kicks, 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 Nissan Kicks has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

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 Kicks doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Renegade Latitude 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Kicks SR pulls only .77 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 Kicks SR (28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Renegade has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Kicks (8 vs. 7 inches), allowing the Renegade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Renegade Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the Kicks (8.7 vs. 7 inches).

Chassis

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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 Kicks doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has 6.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Kicks (100.1 vs. 93.9).

The Renegade has .4 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Kicks.

Cargo Capacity

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The Renegade has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Kicks with its rear seat folded (50.8 vs. 32.3 cubic feet).

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

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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The Renegade’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Kicks 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 power windows standard on both the Renegade and the Kicks 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 Kicks prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Renegade’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Kicks’ 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 Kicks 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 Kicks doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Renegade’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Kicks SV/SR.

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 Kicks 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 Kicks 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 Kicks doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is available on the Renegade Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited. The Renegade’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Kicks doesn’t offer a navigation system.

With standard voice command, the Renegade offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Kicks doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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 Kicks 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 Kicks doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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The Jeep Renegade outsold the Nissan Kicks by over four to one during 2018.

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