2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport vs 2021 Jeep Renegade Comparison in Columbus, OH

Compact SUVs have become a prominent fixture among the automotive landscape over the last twenty-or-so years. Their versatile and flexible nature makes them a top-contender among all demographics of prospective car buyers, and the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is more than ready to make its case. In order to give you a better understanding of exactly how the Crosstrek stacks-up to the competition, we've taken a comparable compact SUV, the 2021 Jeep Renegade, and put them side-by-side so you can compare and contrast their features and specifications.

The back seat of the Subaru Crosstrek

Design and Engineering: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Jeep Renegade

Like most things in life, looks aren't everything when buying a new car… but they are something. And the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has the looks department nailed down. With 8.7-Inches of ground clearance, 17-Inch Aluminum-Alloy wheels with a black machined finish, standard raised roof rails, and an extensive line of THULE roof rack accessories, the Crosstrek combines aesthetics with utility. Compare all that with the Renegade and its 8-Inch ground clearance, standard 16-Inch wheels, and overall boxy design. Just a quick glance-over of both vehicles shows just how favorable the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is.

Once inside, the Crosstrek continues to distance itself from the Renegade. The Crosstrek has a maximum of 55.3 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the 50.8 cubic feet of the Renegade. And, when it comes to space for passengers to stretch out and enjoy any journey, the Subaru Crosstrek has the Jeep Renegade beat.

Dash and steering controls

High-Tech Features: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Jeep Renegade

Both the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2021 Jeep Renegade feature state-of-the-art technology and convenience features. For the part of the Crosstrek, you'll get the standard STARLINK® 6.5-Inch Touchscreen Multimedia system that allows for hands-free access to your favorite apps. The Renegade's 7-Inch Uconnect 4 multimedia system is comparable to the STARLINK® system, but it lacks the confidence and competence that Subaru brings to everything they touch. Both vehicles also feature automatic climate control and cloth upholstery.

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A Crosstrek Going Off-Road

Power and Performance: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Jeep Renegade

More than anything, the most important part of buying a new vehicle is the performance it provides behind the wheel. At first glance, the 2021 Jeep Renegade seems to boast the most power with 177 horsepower over the Crosstrek's 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of Torque. However, on closer inspection, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek checks more overall boxes than the 2021 Jeep Renegade. With a 33/28 highway/city mile-per-gallon rating compared to the 29/21 mpg rating of the Renegade, and a 1,500 lbs of towing capacity, when the Renegade doesn't even recommend towing with the entry-level model, it becomes incredibly clear the the Crosstrek has more overall power than the Renegade.

The navigation screen of a Subaru Crosstrek

Safety: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Jeep Renegade

Safety has been, and always will be, a top priority for Subaru. That's why it has received the 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick and the highest rating available for IIHS Front Crash Prevention. The 2021 Jeep Renegade hasn't received any exceptional safety awards- in fact, J.D. Power & Associates rated the driving experience of the Renegade as only average.

This is even more impressive when you consider that the 2021 Jeep Renegade comes standard with Blind Spot Monitoring Rear Cross Path Detection. Both of those driver assistance technologies are available for the Crosstrek, but not standard. What is standard on the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (the Renegade only allows for an upgrade to 4-wheel drive) and a wealth of Subaru Advanced Airbag Systems. These things all converge to make the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek the safest compact SUV on the market today.

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The Best Compact SUV For You

At the end of the day, both the 2021 Jeep Renegade and the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek are great compact SUVs. But once everything is considered, it's very clear that the Crosstrek is the superior vehicle. This is even more evident with an incredibly reasonable starting MSRP of $22,245 for the new Subaru Crosstrek. That's $400 more affordable than the starting MSRP of the Renegade- and the Crosstrek comes with better standard features! If you're still not convinced, give us a call or stop by to take one for a test drive today!

2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Jeep Renegade
$22,245Starting MSRP*$22,850
152Standard Horsepower177
145Standard Torque (lb-ft)210
StandardAll-Wheel DriveNot Available (4x4 Available)
28 MPG City / 33 MPG HighwayFuel Economy (With AWD / 4x4)21 MPG City / 29 MPG Highway
1,500 lbsStandard Towing CapacityTowing Not Recommended With Entry-Level Model
55.3 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume50.8 Cubic Feet
43.1" Front / 36.5" RearLegroom41.2" Front / 35.1" Rear
AvailableManual TransmissionNot Available
AvailableWater-Resistant UpholsteryNot Available

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.

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