Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jeep Renegade VS 2015 Honda CR-V Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Jeep Renegade

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2015 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

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 CR‑V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To help make backing safer, the Renegade Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Renegade and the CR‑V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Renegade’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Renegade has a standard 500-amp battery (600 2.4 4 cyl.). The CR‑V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 CR‑V doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Renegade’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CR‑V:




Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

11.8 inches

The Renegade stops much shorter than the CR‑V:



70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 CR‑V LX’s standard 70 series tires. The Renegade’s optional tires have a lower 55 series profile than the CR‑V Touring’s 60 series tires.

The Renegade offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the CR‑V, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 CR‑V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Renegade Sport 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the CR‑V Touring AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the CR‑V AWD’s (35.3 feet vs. 36.9 feet). The Renegade’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the CR‑V’s (36.3 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Jeep Renegade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 350 pounds less than the Honda CR‑V.

The Renegade is 1 foot shorter than the CR‑V, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Renegade has 1.2 inches more front headroom and 1.9 inches more rear headroom than the CR‑V.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Renegade Auto offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Renegade and the CR‑V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Renegade is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR‑V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Renegade’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR‑V’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Renegade Sport/Latitude’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The CR‑V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Renegade’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The CR‑V EX/EX-L/Touring’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Renegade Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The CR‑V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 CR‑V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Renegade (except Sport) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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