Son's Automotive Group Compares 2015 Jeep Renegade VS 2015 Chevrolet Equinox Near Braselton, GA

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2015 Jeep Renegade

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2015 Jeep Renegade

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2015 Chevrolet Equinox

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 Equinox doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Renegade Latitude/Limited offers an optional Collision Mitigation System, 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 Equinox offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Renegade and the Equinox 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Renegade has larger alternators than the Equinox:

Renegade

Equinox

Standard Alternator

150 amps

120 amps

Optional Alternator

160 amps

155 amps

Engine Comparison

The Renegade’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 172) than the Equinox’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Renegade 4x4 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox AWD 4 cyl. (21 city/29 hwy vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

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 Equinox doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Equinox, 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 Equinox doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (35.3 feet vs. 40 feet). The Renegade’s turning circle is 6.3 feet tighter than the Equinox w/19" wheels’ (36.3 feet vs. 42.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Renegade has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (7.9 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Renegade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Renegade Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 1.8 inches higher than on the Equinox (8.7 vs. 6.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Jeep Renegade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 750 pounds less than the Chevrolet Equinox.

The Renegade is 1 foot, 9.2 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Renegade has .2 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear hip room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Equinox’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Keyless Enter-N-Go optional on the Renegade Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Renegade (except Sport)’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 Equinox doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Renegade’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Equinox doesn’t offer a filtration system.

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

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