202 Jeep Compass vs Jeep Renegade

2021 Jeep Compass White Mountains

Are you someone with an adventurous spirit in the Madison, Smyrna, or Hamilton, NY, areas? Do you work hard during the week and then hit the road when 5:00 PM hits on a Friday? Then you may be considering popular SUVs like the 2021 Jeep Compass or 2021 Jeep Renegade.

Both are great options, but we want to help you discover the best one for your unique lifestyle. So, the Friendly Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Hamilton team compared the Compass and Renegade side by side on points of powertrain specs and dimensions.


Jeep Compass vs Jeep Renegade Powertrain Specs

2021 Jeep Compass White LakeBoth the Compass and Renegade feature well-balanced powertrains that can tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped with available 4-wheel drive (4×4). They both feature one of the same engines:

  • 2.4L Tigershark® MultiAir® 2 I-4
  • 180 horsepower
  • 175 lb-ft of torque

Despite their similarities, they offer different options when it comes to customizing your powertrain.


Engine Options

While the Jeep Compass only provides the 2.4L Tigershark® I-4 engine, the Jeep Renegade provides a secondary engine option.

This 1.3L turbo I-4 engine produces 177 horsepower and a mighty 210 lb-ft of torque. The additional torque output and turbocharged power may help your Renegade move more easily than the Compass during off-road driving.


Transmission Options

With the Compass, you’ll have two transmission options to choose from:  6-speed automatic and 9-speed automatic. The 6-speed automatic transmission gives you more control over your drive, while the 9-speed automatic provides the highest efficiency.

The Renegade only comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission, so there are fewer options.

Fuel Efficiency

2021 Jeep Compass Red CityWhen you compare the Jeep Compass and Jeep Renegade with the 2.4L Tigershark® engine, we see a difference in their EPA-estimated MPG numbers when equipped with a 4×4 drivetrain:

  • Jeep Compass: 22 city/30 highway MPG
  • Jeep Renegade: 24 city/29 highway MPG

Some trims of the Renegade with 4×4 will achieve an EPA-estimated 21 city/29 highway MPG. If you go with FWD, it will achieve an EPA-estimated 22 city/30 highway, mirroring the standard Compass MPG. The Renegade also achieves an EPA-estimated 23 city and 29 highway MPG with its 1.3L turbocharged I-4 engine.

If your Compass comes equipped with FWD, you’ll achieve an EPA-estimated 22 city/31 highway MPG. What you want depends on what you need, so consider your drives and how they can benefit from the gas mileage you prefer.

Both vehicles offer Engine Stop/Start technology, which improves fuel efficiency during city drives. It works by powering down your engine during extended waits at red lights or stop signs. Your engine will automatically spring back into action when you take your foot off the brake.

Whether you prefer more transmission options, higher torque outputs, more engine choices, or a specific fuel efficiency is completely dependent on your specific needs and preferences.

Compass vs Renegade Dimensions

2021 Jeep Compass Trailhawk Billet Silver Metallic Friendly CDJR of Hamilton 2021 Jeep Renegade Red

Knowing the dimensions both inside and out of the Compass and Renegade may determine which veers closer to your expectations. Let’s take a look.

Dimensions Jeep Compass Jeep Renegade
Cargo Volume 27.2/59.8 cubic feet 18.5/50.8 cubic feet
Ground Clearance 8.5 inches maximum 8.7 inches maximum
SUV Length 173 inches 166.6 inches
Breakover Angle 24.4 degrees 25.7 degrees

As you can see in the table above, the Jeep Compass features an additional 6.4 inches in body length over the Renegade, which is why it can accommodate nine additional cubic feet of cargo when the rear seats are folded. This is perfect for getaways with the whole family.

On the other hand, the Renegade uses its even more compact size to its advantage to agilely maneuver its way along off-road trails. It offers slightly more ground clearance and a higher breakover and departure angle to help you take on rocky trails with even more ease.

Compass vs Renegade Interior

2021 Jeep Renegade InteriorOn the outside of the Compass and the Renegade, you’ll see they look distinctive, but inside both contain 100 cubic feet of passenger volume. Similar amenities are available like heated front seats, a Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof, and available leather trim throughout the cabin. In the driver’s seat, you can upgrade to 8 power-adjustable settings.

Differences do appear. For example, in the Compass, you can add ventilation to the front seats while the Renegade does not offer this option. If you want Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control for the front passenger’s own climate oasis, you’ll find it in the Compass but need to add it to the Renegade.

Now we’ll have a look at the cabin dimensions, which differ in some ways and rival each other, too.

Cabin Dimensions Compass Front/Rear Renegade Front/Rear
Headroom 39.2/38.5 inches 41.1/40.5 inches
Hip Room 54.1/49.2 inches 53.1/51.9 inches
Legroom 41.8/38.3 inches 41.2/35.1 inches
Shoulder Room 56.7/55.1 inches 55.9/55.1 inches

Depending on the interior space you need, you’ll want to see how the Compass and Renegade measure up against each other.

Compass vs Renegade Technology

2021 Jeep Compass Interior TechLet’s talk similarities first. In both the Compass and Renegade you can opt for an upgraded 9-speaker audio system. The Compass offers the Alpine® Premium Audio System while the Renegade provides the Kenwood Premium Audio System. If you want connectivity for multiple devices, add the 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, equipped to hook up 8 devices.

To integrate your smartphone to your Jeep, the Compass enables you to do so with Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ in every trim. For the Renegade, this connectivity comes extra. But you will get the option for the Uconnect® 4C NAV 8.4-inch touchscreen display in either vehicle.

One unique family-friendly device surfaces in the Renegade. The available Family Drive Alerts makes it simple to limit what your teen driver can do when behind the wheel. It also allows you to monitor their speed and where exactly your Jeep may be cruising or parking at that moment.

2021 Jeep Compass vs 2021 Jeep Renegade: Which Will You Drive?

The 2021 Jeep Compass and 2021 Jeep Renegade each have something unique to offer drivers around Hamilton, Madison, and Smyrna, New York. We hope that our comparison was able to help you get a better feel for which one is better suited to your needs.

If you want to see either of these models up close, come to Friendly CDJR of Hamilton, and we’ll get you behind the wheel. Go ahead and contact us to schedule your test drive today!


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