2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

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Safety

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Both the Renegade and the Outback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, front and 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 Outback:

Renegade

Outback

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

192 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

17 inches

Hip Force

593 lbs.

736 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 2 more horsepower (177 vs. 175) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 174) than the Outback 2.5i’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Outback 2.5i 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.:

Renegade

Outback

Zero to 30 MPH

3.8 sec

4.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.9 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17.6 sec

18.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Renegade 4x4 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Outback 3.6R CVT 6 cyl. (23 city/29 hwy vs. 20 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 Outback 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 Outback doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Renegade stops much shorter than the Outback:

Renegade

Outback

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

147 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 Outback Limited/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Outback’s largest wheels are only 18-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 Outback, 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 Outback doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Renegade Latitude 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Outback 3.6R Limited pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Outback’s (35.3 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Jeep Renegade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Subaru Outback.

The Renegade is 1 foot, 11.3 inches shorter than the Outback, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Renegade Limited 4x4 is quieter than the Outback 3.6R Limited (41 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has .3 inches more front headroom and 1.6 inches more rear headroom than the Outback.

Servicing Ease

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The Renegade has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Outback 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 Outback 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 Outback prevents the driver from operating the rear 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 Outback’s standard passenger windows don’t open or 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 Outback’s passenger power window 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 Outback’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. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Outback Premium/Limited/Touring.

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 Outback 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 Outback 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 Outback 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 Outback because it costs $246 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Renegade than the Outback, including $88 less for fuel injection, $55 less for a fuel pump, $68 less for a timing belt/chain and $39 less for a power steering pump.

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