2020 Ford EcoSport vs 2020 Jeep Renegade – Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2020 Ford EcoSport

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    2020 Jeep Renegade

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    Up to 5Available SeatingUp to 4
    20.9Minimum Cargo Space (cu.ft.)18.5
    StandardAuto Start-Stop EngineNot Available

    Looking for performance intertwined with a compact crossover build? And maybe sprinkle in a few off-road sport features? Mix it all together, let it bake, and you end up with the 2020 Ford EcoSport and 2020 Jeep Renegade. Both of these compact SUVs deliver on the goods, but which one came out of the oven just right? Well, we'll need to look at this comparison a bit deeper to determine that. So let's take a deeper dive with the 2020 Ford EcoSport vs 2020 Jeep Renegade to determine which of the two sporty crossover SUVs is right for you. 

    The price will likely be the first spec you end up comparing. After all, you want to make sure the vehicle is in your price range before going any further. If you're going for the most affordable compact SUV on the road, you'll be hard-pressed to find an option with a lower entry price point than the 2020 Ford EcoSport. The starting MSRP on the base trim is $19,995. In comparison, the starting 2020 Jeep Renegade begins at $23,775. If you were to max out the trims, the Ford EcoSport SES has an entry MSRP of $27,830. The top-tier Jeep Renegade has an entry MSRP of $30,335.

  • Performance

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    Engines vs Engines

    For the Ford EcoSport, you'll start with a 1.0L Turbo I3. This engine produces 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. The second engine option is a 2.0L I4 that produces 166 hp and 149 lb-ft of torque.

    The 2020 Jeep Renegade does offer two slightly more powerful engines. There is a 2.4L I4, which produces 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The second option is a 1.3L Turbo I3. This particular engine produces 177 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. So you will be paying more for the Renegade, but you receive a slightly more powerful engine over what the Ford EcoSport offers. You'll need to decide whether you want to put down a few thousand dollars more for the slight improvement.

    Fuel Economies

    As for fuel economy, the 2020 Ford EcoSport offers you 27 miles per gallon in the city and up to 29 miles per gallon on the highway for a net average of 28 miles per gallon. The Jeep Renegade gives you 24 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. This ends up giving you the same 28 miles per gallon average. However, your actual average will depend on if you do more city or highway driving. The EcoSport is significantly more fuel-efficient with city driving while the Renegade offers better fuel economy on the highway.

  • Towing and Cargo

    The back seats are folded down in a 2020 Ford EcoSport with boxes and groceries in the cargo area.

    Towing with the Crossovers

    If you're considering an SUV for towing purposes, you'll likely want to go with a slightly larger SUV. With the 2020 Ford EcoSport, you can tow up to 2,000 pounds, if you opt for the 2.0L I4 engine with 149 lb-ft of torque. The Jeep Renegade, even though it produces up to 210 lb-ft of torque, offers the same max of 2,000 pounds. The smaller frame of the two crossovers has just as much to do with the lower towing numbers as the smaller engine. So keep this in mind if you have any desires on towing.

    Cargo Space

    Even if you don't have plans on towing equipment with the compact crossover, you will probably want to load it up at some point, so the cargo room is essential. With the 2020 Ford EcoSport, you'll have 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seat is upright. This number jumps to 50 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold down the back seat. The 2020 Jeep Renegade offers 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up and increases the amount to 50.8 cubic feet of space when you fold the back seat down.

    So, if you have passengers in the back seat or you need to leave the seats up, you will have more than two feet of additional cargo space in your Ford EcoSport.

  • Entertainment

    A blue EcoSport is driving in the rain on a Cincinnati, OH, road.

    If you're going to be stuck in traffic, you might as well have something good to listen to. This means packing solid entertainment features into the vehicle because you don't want to be the person driving down the road wearing headphones - that's not safe!

    Staying Entertained in the EcoSport

    Well, the 2020 Ford EcoSport comes with plenty of entertainment features right out of the gate. With the base trim, you'll have a compact crossover that offers AM/FM stereo, MP3 compatibility, AUX input for connecting your favorite external audio devices via a 3.5mm headphone jack, smart device integration via Bluetooth, plus a WiFi hotspot. With the WiFi hotspot (data activation required), you can stream your favorite applications without relying on a sometimes-spotty mobile phone signal or the dreaded dead zones. With WiFi, your kids can watch their favorite streaming videos while leaving you alone in the front seat, or you can pull over and log-on to your work email and upload the last minute changes your boss is freaking out about. All of this comes standard so you don't need to pay extra for the features.

    On the top-tier Ford EcoSport trim you will land just about everything you might want in an entertainment system (although there is no CD player, so you'll need to leave that high school 'Summer of 2002' mix at home). With this trim, you'll get the same feature as the base trim, plus satellite radio, a premium sound system, navigation, HD radio for improved radio clarity, and it comes with Ford SYNC, which features both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. That is a lot of entertainment offered to you for each and every car ride. 

    Jeep Renegade Entertainment

     The base 2020 Jeep Renegade comes with some nice, but different, features. It has an AM/FM stereo system, AUX input, MP3 compatibility, and the base comes with Jeep's UConnect system that is both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. This is nice to have as it allows the Jeep to showcase information from your mobile device without looking at your phone. However, it doesn't have WiFi as standard, so you will be forced to rely on your phone's data connection and help you don't hit any dead zones. Smart device integration and satellite radio are available on the base, but both are optional upgrades.

    The top-tier trim for the Renegade basically comes with the same features as the base trim. You can spring for an optional sound system and HD radio, but it doesn't come with anything else outside of smart device integration and a navigation system. So, when it comes to the best of the best entertainment features, there is no comparison with the EcoSport.

  • Safety

    A driver is using the backup camera on a 2020 Ford EcoSport.

    There is no denying that safety should always come first in a vehicle. Both the 2020 Ford EcoSport and the 2020 Jeep Renegade come with various safety features and packages. Let's take a look. 

    EcoSport Safety

    In terms of safety features, the base 2020 Ford EcoSport comes with a driver, front head, front side, passenger, rear head, and rear side airbags, plus four-wheel ABS and four-wheel disc brakes. It also comes standard with brake assist, electronic stability control, child safety locks, daytime running lights, and traction control. If you purchase a higher trim or want to buy some extras, you can get all the same standard features, plus cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and integrated turn signal mirrors. 

    Safety in the Renegade 

    On the other hand, the 2020 Jeep Renegade comes with a driver, front head, front side, passenger, and rear head airbags, four-wheel ABS and disc brakes, plus brake assist, electronic stability control, child safety locks, traction control, and daytime running lights. You can also pay extra for optional lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and cross-traffic alert. The top-tier Jeep Renegade comes with all the same safety features as the base package, so you don't receive any additional safety benefits when you upgrade your Jeep Renegade.

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