2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Subaru Forester

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Safety

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Both the Renegade and the Forester have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, rear parking sensors 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 Subaru Forester:

Renegade

Forester

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

122 G’s

Hip Force

320 lbs.

389 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

16 inches

Hip Force

593 lbs.

673 lbs.

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

Warranty

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

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 176) than the Forester’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Subaru Forester:

Renegade

Forester

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Renegade

Forester

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

The Renegade stops much shorter than the Forester:

Renegade

Forester

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

138 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 Forester Sport/Limited/Touring’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Forester’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 Forester doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

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The Jeep Renegade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 300 pounds less than the Subaru Forester.

The Renegade is 1 foot, 3.5 inches shorter than the Forester, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Renegade Limited 4x4 is quieter than the Forester Touring:

Renegade

Forester

Full-Throttle

74 dB

81 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

76 dB

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Subaru Forester is limited to 1500 pounds. The Renegade 4x4 offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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 Forester’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Forester Premium/Sport/Limited/Touring’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

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 Forester’s power lock and power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Renegade’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Forester’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Renegade’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Forester and aren’t offered on the Forester Base.

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 Forester 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 Forester doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Renegade is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Forester doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Renegade is less expensive to operate than the Forester because it costs $82 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Renegade than the Forester, including $81 less for a water pump, $408 less for fuel injection, $67 less for a fuel pump, $77 less for a timing belt/chain and $46 less for a power steering pump.

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