When Jeep launched the all-new Renegade late last year, it was met with heavy criticism as the compact SUV market is already overpopulated. Then again, no criticism was aimed at Honda when they launched the HR-V.
The HR-V, like the Jeep Renegade, is also a compact SUV and it drives on the 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that produces 170hp and 106ft-lbs of torque, all while being mated to a CVT transmission. Perhaps, none criticized the HR-V because it is actually a great family car that is also fuel economical and powerful.
The HR-V is completed with tons of features like air filtration and front air conditioning. The icing on the cake is with the multi-purpose steering wheel that is completed with audio controls, cruise control, phone control and steering wheel adjustments.
The Jeep Renegade, on the other hand, is powered by a 1.4L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle cruises well on the road but can be a massive fuel drainer.
However, the Renegade is actually a much better performer when on the dirt trails or sand dunes. This is because the Renegade comes with 4WD technologies that enable the vehicle to race across a river or climb mountain.
Perhaps, this is why the Renegade suffering from criticism. The compact SUV market is already crowded and being tailored for the off-road market makes it more difficult for Jeep to sell the Renegade well. Meanwhile, the Honda HR-V makes a great general car, thus, no complaints from the public.