2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Jeep Renegade are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Renegade and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, 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 Chevrolet Equinox:

Renegade

Equinox

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

195 G’s

Hip Force

320 lbs.

357 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

222

377

Hip Force

593 lbs.

730 lbs.

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

Warranty

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The Renegade’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Jeep 1 place higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (177 vs. 170) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 203) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:

Renegade

Equinox

Zero to 60 MPH

9 sec

9.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Renegade gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox:

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

Equinox

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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

Renegade

Equinox

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

The Renegade stops much shorter than the Equinox:

Renegade

Equinox

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

145 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 Equinox Premier’s optional 50 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 Equinox, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The Renegade has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Renegade flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Renegade has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Equinox doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Renegade Sport 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Equinox LT AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (35.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Renegade’s turning circle is 5.3 feet tighter than the Equinox w/19” wheels’ (36.3 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Renegade has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Renegade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Renegade Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is .8 inch higher than on the Equinox (8.7 vs. 7.9 inches).

Chassis

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The Renegade is 1 foot, 4.5 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear hip room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

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The Renegade’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Equinox’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Renegade offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Equinox doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 Equinox 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 Equinox is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

The Renegade will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Renegade will retain 45.96% to 48.34% of its original price after five years, while the Equinox only retains 41.13% to 44.06%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Renegade is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $337 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Renegade than the Equinox, including $95 less for a water pump, $499 less for a muffler, $2 less for front brake pads, $336 less for fuel injection, $357 less for a fuel pump, $270 less for a timing belt/chain and $355 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Renegade will be $287 to $7328 less than for the Chevrolet Equinox.

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