2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2020 Chevrolet Trax

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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 Trax doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Renegade Sport/Latitude/Limited offers an optional Active Braking, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Trax has a collision warning system without the crash-mitigating brake feature that could reduce stopping distances.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Renegade Trailhawk’s standard Hill-descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Trax doesn’t offer Hill-descent Control.

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 Trax doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Renegade and the Trax 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, 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 Chevrolet Trax:

Renegade

Trax

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

320 lbs.

388 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

HIC

222

382

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

593 lbs.

707 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 Trax’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

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 Trax’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 39 more horsepower (177 vs. 138) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (180 vs. 138) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

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

Renegade

Trax

Zero to 60 MPH

9 sec

10.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

16.5 sec

18.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4.8 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.8 MPH

78.2 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 Trax 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 Trax 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 Trax.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Renegade

Trax

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

10.95 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

10.6 inches

The Jeep Renegade has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Trax. 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 Trax:

Renegade

Trax

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Renegade has larger standard tires than the Trax (215/65R16 vs. 205/70R16). The Renegade’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Trax (225/55R18 vs. 215/55R18).

The Renegade’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Trax’s standard 70 series tires. The Renegade Latitude/Limited’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Trax’s optional 55 series tires.

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

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

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 Trax doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Renegade Sport 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Trax LT AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Renegade Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Trax LT AWD (28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Trax’s (35.3 feet vs. 36.7 feet). The Renegade’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Trax’s (36.3 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Renegade has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Trax (8 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Renegade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Renegade Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 2.5 inches higher than on the Trax (8.7 vs. 6.2 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 Trax doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Renegade Limited 4x4 is quieter than the Trax LT AWD:

Renegade

Trax

At idle

41 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Trax (100.1 vs. 92.8).

The Renegade has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trax.

Cargo Capacity

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The Renegade has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Trax with its rear seat folded (50.8 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

The Renegade’s cargo area is larger than the Trax’s in almost every dimension:

Renegade

Trax

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

28.9”/59”

29.3”/57”

Min Width

37.6”

36”

Height

33.7”

31.8”

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The Trax 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 Trax 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 Trax 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 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 Trax’s front passenger window doesn’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 Trax’s 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 Trax’s 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 Trax 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 Trax doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Renegade has standard extendable sun visors. The Trax doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Renegade’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet only offers heated mirrors on the Trax LT/Premier.

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 Trax doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Trax doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Renegade’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Trax doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Renegade Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trax’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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

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 Trax 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 Trax is rated higher at a number “10” 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 Trax only retains 35.97% to 39.45%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Renegade is less expensive to operate than the Trax because typical repairs cost much less on the Renegade than the Trax, including $123 less for a water pump, $268 less for a muffler, $174 less for a fuel pump, $494 less for a timing belt/chain and $552 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports performed a comparison test in its October 2015 issue and they ranked the Jeep Renegade Latitude 4x4 higher than the Chevrolet Trax LT AWD.

The Jeep Renegade outsold the Chevrolet Trax by 8% during 2018.

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