2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2020 Jeep Renegade

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Safety

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Pre-Collision System in the Corolla Hatchback as “Superior.” The Renegade scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Corolla Hatchback has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Renegade doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Corolla Hatchback’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Renegade doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Renegade 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” 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 Corolla Hatchback the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla Hatchback for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Renegade.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Corolla Hatchback’s reliability 40 points higher than the Renegade.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Jeep is ranked 22nd.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Corolla Hatchback

Renegade

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

9.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

81.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Hatchback

FWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/37 hwy

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

32 city/41 hwy

XSE 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Renegade

FWD

Auto

1.3 Turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Corolla Hatchback uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Renegade with the 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The Corolla Hatchback offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Renegade doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The Corolla Hatchback offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Renegade doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Corolla Hatchback stops shorter than the Renegade:

Corolla Hatchback

Renegade

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

130 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Corolla Hatchback SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Renegade’s standard 65 series tires. The Corolla Hatchback XSE/Nightshade’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Renegade Latitude/Limited’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corolla Hatchback’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Renegade (103.9 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Corolla Hatchback XSE handles at .82 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Corolla Hatchback is 9.4 inches shorter in height than the Renegade, making the Corolla Hatchback much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

The design of the Toyota Corolla Hatchback amounts to more than styling. The Corolla Hatchback has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the Renegade (.35 to .37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Corolla Hatchback get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Corolla Hatchback has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

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The Corolla Hatchback has .8 inches more front legroom and .8 inches more front hip room than the Renegade.

Ergonomics

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The Corolla Hatchback’s front and rear power windows all 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 Renegade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Corolla Hatchback the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Renegade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Corolla Hatchback’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Renegade’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The Corolla Hatchback has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Renegade only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Renegade’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Corolla Hatchback XSE’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Corolla Hatchback XSE has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Renegade doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Corolla XSE Auto offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Renegade doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Toyota Corolla comes in sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Jeep Renegade isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Corolla Hatchback is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because it costs $436 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Corolla Hatchback than the Renegade, including $122 less for a water pump, $161 less for a muffler, $155 less for front brake pads, $267 less for a starter and $151 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Renegade isn't recommended.

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Jeep Renegade by almost four to one during the 2019 model year.

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