2018 Jeep Renegade v. 2018 Honda C-HR
The auto industry has been changing things up in the last few years and one of the newer vehicle segments is the subcompact crossover segment. Subcompact crossovers are unique because they provide a lot of interior space for cargo and passengers, but they aren’t large vehicles, so they are easy to drive and fuel efficient. Two popular subcompact crossovers are the 2018 Jeep Renegade and 2018 Toyota C-HR, but Car and Driver ranked the Jeep Renegade was actually seven spots higher (number 7) than the Toyota C-HR (number 13), and here’s why.
Powertrain and Drivetrain
The Jeep Renegade is available with two engine options, a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo engine or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The 1.4L engine produces 160 horsepower and the 2.4-liter engine produces 180 horsepower. The Renegade is available with front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive and it averages 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
The powertrain and drivetrain options of the Toyota C-HR leave a lot to be desired. The vehicle is only available with front-wheel-drive and one engine option, and it is a lot less powerful than the Jeep Renegade. The engine under the hood of both Toyota C-HR trims is a 144-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and although it is a lot less powerful than the engine options in the Renegade, it isn’t a lot more fuel efficient. The Toyota C-HR averages 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
In addition to more engine and powertrain options, the Jeep Renegade offers consumers a lot more trim options, including a specialty trim. The Jeep Renegade is available in four trims (Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk), and the Toyota C-HR is only available in two trims (XLE and XLE Premium). The speciality Renegade trim is the Renegade Trailhawk and it is designed for off-roading and it includes a few different skid plates, tow hooks, and an improved ground clearance.
The Jeep Renegade rides on 16-inch wheels and has a sporty appearance. The Renegade has capless fuel fill, a rear window defroster, rear window wipers, halogen headlamps, and incandescent tail lamps.
The Toyota C-HR is equipped with 18-inch wheels and it has a modern exterior design. The C-HR has projector-beam halogen headlights, power outside mirrors with turn signals, a rear window wiper and defroster, and an acoustic noise reducing windshield.
Both vehicles come standard with a touchscreen, rearview camera and modern infotainment systems. Though the Jeep Renegade and the Toyota C-HR are both subcompact crossovers, the Jeep Renegade offers significantly more passenger space. The Renegade provides front seat passengers with 41.2 inches of legroom and back seat passengers with 35.1 inches of legroom and the vehicle offers a passenger interior volume of 118.6 cubic feet. The Toyota C-HR offers front seat passengers 43.46 inches of legroom, which is a little bit more space than offered to front seat passengers in the Renegade, but the C-HR only provides backseat passengers with 31.7 inches of legroom in the backseat, which is quite a bit less than the Renegade. Additionally, the Jeep Renegade offers a passenger interior volume of 118.6 cubic feet, which is a lot more than the passenger interior volume of 83.3 cubic feet.
The Jeep Renegade is the more affordable option of the two vehicles. The Jeep Renegade has a starting MSRP of $18,445 (plus destination fee) and the Toyota C-HR has a starting MSRP of $22,500 (plus destination fee).