2018 Jeep Renegade vs Honda CR-V

September 21st, 2018 by

2018 Jeep Renegade vs Honda CR-V

The 2018 Jeep Renegade is smaller and less expensive than the Honda CR-V. You might expect the Renegade to be a bit lackluster. But in this comparison guide, we’ll show that not only does this Jeep hold its own in a comparison, but, in fact, really shines.

Infotainment: 2018 Jeep Renegade

The tech on the 2018 Jeep Renegade is a breath of fresh air. The Renegade comes standard with six-speaker audio system, 5-inch touch screen, USB port, Bluetooth, push-button start, and rearview camera. You can get that display as a 7.4- or 8-inch touch screen instead. It’s powered by the UConnect infotainment system, one of the most intuitive on the market today. It’s fast to respond and everything on the screen is laid out in the most user-friendly way. For those who truly love tech, there are optional features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, navigation, and rear-seat USB port.

It’s a harsh contrast moving to the Honda CR-V. The Honda’s infotainment system is fairly simple to use, but ponderously slow. In fact, this infotainment system may just be the slowest in its class. And there’s no workaround either. The only physical knob controls the volume. You’ll have to take your eyes off the road for longer than you’re probably comfortable doing.

Off-roading: 2018 Jeep Renegade

It’s no secret that Jeeps are born to be off-roaders. They haven’t veered from their storied history of all-terraining wherever their drivers needed to do. So when the Renegade, the smallest Jeep to date, debuted in 2015 there was probably little doubt that the Renegade too would do some off-roading. True to form, the Renegade does well. This Jeep has all-wheel drive available on any trim, as well as the Selec-Terrain system to chew up the scenery wherever that may be. You can also spring for the Trailhawk trim, an off-roading dream on four wheels, with four-wheel drive with low-range gearing, increased ride height, hill-descent control, skid plates, all-terrain tires, and tow hooks.

2018 Jeep Renegade off the Road

Without some major modifications, such as replacing the tires with larger ones, the Honda CR-V isn’t really designed or outfitted for off-roading. Don’t expect to cross a snowy meadow in winter with the CR-V. You will almost certainly get stuck and need a tow.

Passenger Room: Tie

Surprisingly, the 2018 Jeep Renegade and Honda CR-V, despite being in two different classes (subcompact and compact SUV, respectively) have exactly the same amount of passenger space. The Renegade boasts 100.1 cubic feet while the CR-V has only six cubic feet more. They also have almost exactly the same amount of front leg room, just a tenth of an inch difference. Despite the difference in size between these SUVs, the Renegade has more head room while the CR-V favors leg room. It’s one of the weird quirks of the sub/compact SUV classes. There’s not that much difference in size so funny comparisons jump out when you look at the numbers.

Relatedly, in terms of cargo room, the CR-V has more, to the tune of 39.2 cubic feet compared to the 18.5 cubes the Renegade offers. If you fold down the back seats those numbers reveal themselves to be 75.8 for the CR-V and 50.8 cubes for the Renegade. So far more cargo space for the CR-V but a remarkable similarity in terms of passenger size.