Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Renegade



Jeep introduced an all-new Cherokee for the 2014 model year, and one year later the all-new Renegade.  Renegade slots right under the Jeep Cherokee in price and size.  
Comparably equipped, the Renegade costs about $2,500 less than a Cherokee. 

In terms of driving dynamics, Renegade handles more like a traditional sport utility vehicle with an erect seating position and firm ride.  Both are plenty peppy to merge on to the interstate.  

Cherokee sprang to life from the "compact" Dart platform, and Renegade from the "sub-compact" Fiat 500x platform, so the Cherokee offers a little more cargo space and interior room.  Renegade is a late-comer to the mini-ute segment, capitalizing on a major shift in the auto industry toward crossover vehicles that have the economy of a car but the utility of a truck.  Renegade is the lightest sport utility vehicle offered in the United States.    

Jeep offers Renegade in both front drive and four wheel drive.  For serious off-roading, opt for the "Trail-Rated" Trailhawk version of either vehicle which specifically designed for rock crawling. 

Only Renegade offers an optional advanced technology group help you drive more safely, even including automatic braking and lane departure warning if you're distracted. However, Cherokee offers ten (!) airbags to Renegade's seven.  

Both Latitudes come standard with many features:

  • Fog lights
  • Privacy glass
  • UConnect touch screen infotainment systems
  • Alloy wheels
  • Power windows, mirrors, locks
  • Roof rails

Planet-exclusive comparison video:

Key Exterior Dimensions


 Ground clearance:
These are huge numbers for compact vehicles.





(Trailhawk: 8.7"

(Trailhawk: 8.7"


Renegade sneaks you into tight Boston parking spaces.



 73.2" 71.0"

Renegade's shorter overall length imparts a more classic boxy SUV appearance.

Key Interior Dimensions


Front legroom
Renegade has a surprisingly roomy interior for a very compact vehicle.





 Cargo space

 55 cubic feet (seats down)
25 cubic feet (seats up)


50.8 cubic feet (seats down)
cubic feet (seats up)






Four Wheel Drive System

Both come standard with front wheel drive but most are ordered with four wheel drive.  Cherokee is available with your choice of three (!) 4WD systems.  Standard Active Drive I satisfies the needs of most drivers who don't go off road. Renegade offers two systems, one for the rock-hopping Trailhawk and another for the balance of the models. 

2015 Jeep Renegade Instrument Cluster Driver Information Display

Standard Engine and Fuel Economy

2.4 liter
four cylinder
in-line engine with

184 horsepower

Nine speed
automatic transmission

4WD: 21 city, 28 hwy

1.4 liter four cylinder
 in-line turbo engine with
160 horsepower

No auto transmission
with this engine

manual transmission ONLY

We will update this segment after Jeep publishes fuel economy numbers

Optional Engines
Both offer excellent fuel economy thanks to cutting-edge transmissions.  Both use transmissions with nine speeds!  Cherokee offers significantly more power for towing or heavy loads. 
3.2 liter V6

271 horsepower

9 speed
auto transmission

19 city, 27 highway

liter four cylinder
 in-line engine

184 horsepower

9 speed
auto transmission

21 city, 29 highway

Outward Visibility

On both, upright bodies with big windows give better visibility than most vehicles.


Towing Capacity

2.4L engine:  2,000 lbs
3.2L engine:  4,000 lbs
2,000 lbs
 (with 2.4 liter engine)

Optional Moonroof

Cherokee has two panels of glass separated by an opaque bar.  The front panel opens but the second is fixed.  This roof is available only on Limited and Trailhawk. With Renegade, you can retract the first panel, or remove both and store the panels in back.  

"Command View"



Fuel fill

Renegade offers ingenious "capless" fuel filler system...just insert nozzle to begin fueling.


Crash tests

Cherokee wins coveted "Top Safety Pick" designation from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


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