2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Jeep Renegade Comparison in Salem, OR

The 2021 Jeep Renegade comes with some extra engine power and the somewhat imposing name of a Jeep. However, when you realize just how much the entry-level models are missing, you'll discover why the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a more affordable, more versatile and more capable compact crossover. For life in Salem, Oregon, the Subaru Crosstrek offers superior features at a better value. We aim to prove it in the head-to-head model comparison below.

2021 Crosstrek With Kayaks

Features: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2021 Jeep Renegade

With standard roof rails, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is ready to carry accessories for hauling bikes, kayaks, skis and snowboards. Or just some extra cargo. To get standard roof rails on the 2021 Jeep Renegade, you'll have to upgrade to the much more expensive Renegade Latitude trim level. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can also be equipped with steering-responsive LED headlights that swivel as you steer for better nighttime visibility. That's a feature you won't find on any 2021 Jeep Renegade. You even get standard, sculpted alloy wheels for extra style and strength on every new Crosstrek. The new Renegade features smaller steel wheels as standard equipment.

Inside, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offers standard cloth or available leather upholstery like the Jeep Renegade, but you can also upgrade to available StarTex® water resistant upholstery for added toughness and a premium feel. It'll resist stains from muddy gear or spills from messy kids, and it's a feature you can't get on the 2021 Jeep Renegade either.

2021 Crosstrek Split-Folding Rear Seat

Utility: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2021 Jeep Renegade

A compact SUV should provide plenty of comfort for up to 5 passengers as well as some extra cargo space compared to a typical passenger car. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offers superior legroom in both rows of seats compared to the 2021 Jeep Renegade, and provides more maximum cargo volume with the rear seats folded down.

If you want to do some light towing, even entry-level 2021 Subaru Crosstrek models can tow up to 1,500 pounds safely and confidently. Entry-level 2021 Jeep Renegade trim levels aren't rated for towing. Once again, you'll have to pay more for an upgrade to get the same capability on the new Renegade.

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Performance: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2021 Jeep Renegade

The 2021 Jeep Renegade makes some more standard engine power, but for the daily drive, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a more practical choice. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission if you prefer to select your own gears, something you can't do in any new 2021 Jeep Renegade. Or, upgrade to the CVT automatic transmission for the best fuel economy and a more effortless drive. No matter which transmission you choose, the new Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel drive while the Jeep Renegade starts out as a front-wheel drive crossover. When you choose the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, compared to the 2021 Jeep Renegade equipped with 4-wheel drive, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek gets an additional 7 MPG around town!

If you demand more power, new for the 2021 model year, the Subaru Crosstrek now has an available engine upgrade making 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. That's even more power than you get from the standard 2021 Jeep Renegade -- yet it still gets up to 27 MPG in the city, a full 6 MPG greater than the Renegade.

2021 Crosstrek Blind Spot Monitor

Safety: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2021 Jeep Renegade

Like all new Subaru SUVs, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek comes totally standard with all-wheel drive. By contrast, four-wheel drive will cost you an additional $1,500 as an option on the 2021 Jeep Renegade. With standard active torque vectoring and available X-MODE® with Hill Descent Control, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek can be both more affordable and more capable on tougher terrain than its Jeep rival.

Best of all, with the best-possible crash test scores across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the IIHS dubbed the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek a 2020 Top Safety Pick winner! Not so for the 2021 Jeep Renegade. It earned a score of merely "acceptable" in the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test, and therefore did not earn a Top Safety Pick selection from the IIHS. When it comes to confidence in poor weather or the event of an accident, the Subaru Crosstrek is the smart choice.

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When you choose the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek starting at an MSRP of $22,245, you can already save hundreds compared to the 2021 Jeep Renegade -- and when you consider all the extra features you get on the Crosstrek, like standard all-wheel drive, roof rails and alloy wheels, you can see how you get thousands more value from the stylish, reliable Subaru Crosstrek. And with superior safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is stronger in the event of a collision. For the best value, protection and peace of mind, invest in a new Subaru Crosstrek at Capitol Subaru in Salem instead!

2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Jeep Renegade
$22,245Starting MSRP*$22,850
152Standard Horsepower180
145Standard Torque (lb-ft)175
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.