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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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
Both the Renegade and the Trailblazer 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Renegade the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Trailblazer has not been tested, yet.
The Renegade’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trailblazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4-cylinder produces 40 more horsepower (177 vs. 137) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 162) than the Trailblazer’s standard 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder. The Renegade’s 1.3 turbo 4-cylinder produces 22 more horsepower (177 vs. 155) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 174) than the Trailblazer’s optional 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder. The Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 25 more horsepower (180 vs. 155) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 174) than the Trailblazer’s optional 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder.
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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better stopping power the Renegade’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Trailblazer:
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 Trailblazer RS’ 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Trailblazer’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 Trailblazer; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
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 Trailblazer 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 Trailblazer’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 Trailblazer 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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For better maneuverability, the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Trailblazer’s (35.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Renegade’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Trailblazer’s (36.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Renegade Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Trailblazer (8.7 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Renegade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Renegade is 6.9 inches shorter than the Trailblazer, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Renegade has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 6.2 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trailblazer.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
Maximum trailer towing in the Chevrolet Trailblazer is limited to 1000 pounds. The Renegade 4x4 offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.
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 Trailblazer’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 Trailblazer’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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Renegade’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet only offers heated mirrors on the Trailblazer LT/ACTIV/RS.
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 Trailblazer 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 and it can provide a boundary between children. The Trailblazer L/LS 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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
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 Trailblazer’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.
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 Trailblazer doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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