2018 Jeep Renegade vs Ford Escape

August 28th, 2018 by

2018 Jeep Renegade vs Ford Escape

Sporty and rugged looks catch our eye. But when an SUV has genuine rugged or sporty handling to match, they capture our attention. Say hello to the 2018 Jeep Renegade and Ford Escape. The Renegade looks rugged, the Escape looks bold. What are they underneath the style? We’ll find out in this comparison guide.

Exterior: 2018 Jeep Renegade

The 2018 Jeep Renegade looks best when it’s splattered in mud. Our second favorite is a waxed, popping orange under city lights. No matter where you drive your Renegade, it’s sure to turn heads. The Renegade’s round headlights make it look like it’d be comfortable to outrun a dinosaur in Jurassic Park. The seven-slotted grille makes it look ready for business. Its black roof rack looks like it’s itching to take you to the mountains or beach and back. The nicest thing about the Renegade is that its looks aren’t just for show.

The 2018 Ford Escape just received a refresh on its exterior. It’s certainly an attractive car, with solid, aggressive lines and an angled design that makes it look like it’s ready to pounce. But next to the Renegade, the Ford Explorer looks like another run-of-the-mill SUV. It cannot compete with the distinctive look of the Jeep Renegade.

Off-roading: 2018 Jeep Renegade

The Renegade isn’t merely rugged on the outside–it’s outfitted to go off-roading. The smallest Jeep isn’t small on adventure. With available all-wheel drive on every trim level, and the Selec-Terrain system that adjusts to road or off-road conditions, it’s unique in the subcompact SUV class. If you’re a serious off-roader, get the Trailhawk trim and enjoy a vehicle singularly designed to take on the toughest driving conditions.

2018 Jeep Renegade Off Road

On the other hand, the 2018 Ford Escape isn’t really equipped to go off-roading. The Escape is fun to drive, surprisingly agile, and definitely cushioned. But all bets are off when you take it into the wild.

Cargo Capacity: 2018 Ford Escape

If you’re going on adventures, you probably have plenty of gear to haul. The 2018 Jeep Renegade will help you some in this department, with 19 cubic feet of cargo space that extends to 51 cubic feet with the back seat folded down. That seat folds flat, leaving a nary a bump on the cargo floor.

But the 2018 Ford Escape does it better, with 34 cubic feet that extends to 70 cubes. That gives you the flexibility to haul furniture where you need it, when you need, as well as all the gear you might need to strike out on your weekend adventures. That extended cargo room also means your daily commute and the demands of daily life are made significantly easier, with plenty of room for grocery runs and soccer games. This is one area where the Ford Escape truly shines!

Ultimately, if you’re looking for the most bang for your SUV buck, the Jeep Renegade is the best overall option in this match up between the Renegade and the ever-popular Escape. If cargo room is high on your list, you may find the Renegade lacking, but the styling and utility makes it sweet on and off road.

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