North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Jeep Renegade Near Ellijay, GA

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Jeep Renegade

Safety Comparison

The Escape (except S) offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Renegade doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Renegade doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Jeep Renegade:





5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

4 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

343/366 lbs.




4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

221 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Jeep Renegade:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.4 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

107 G’s


Rear Seat


5 Stars

3 Stars




Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

649 lbs.

1087 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 38 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Renegade isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Renegade:




Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Renegade 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

160 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Renegade 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

180 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. (automatics tested):


Escape 1.6

Escape 2.0


Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

6.8 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

15.2 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.4 MPH

88.8 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape EcoBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Renegade doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Escape has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (15.7 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape EcoBoost’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Renegade:


Escape EcoBoost


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

10.95 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the Renegade:





70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Renegade (235/55R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Escape’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Renegade (235/55R17 vs. 225/55R18).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Renegade’s standard 65 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Renegade’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Renegade. The Escape’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Renegade.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Renegade’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Renegade (105.9 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

For excellent aerodynamics, the Escape has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Renegade doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the Renegade Limited 4x4 (39 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Renegade.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The Renegade’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Escape is 2.6 inches lower than the Renegade (16.8” vs. 19.4”). The Escape’s rear step up height is 2.1 inches lower than the Renegade’s (17.5” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Renegade with its rear seat up (34 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Renegade with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 50.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Renegade’s liftover is 30.2 inches.

The Escape’s cargo area is larger than the Renegade’s in every dimension:




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Escape also (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The Renegade doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Escape Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Renegade doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Renegade doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Renegade ’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Renegade doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost Uconnect Access can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Renegade Sport/Latitude’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Escape’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Renegade’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Escape has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Renegade Sport.

The Escape has standard power remote mirrors. The Renegade only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

Both the Escape and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Renegade doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Renegade doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Escape, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Renegade.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Renegade doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $170 to $970 less than the Renegade over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because it costs $369 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Renegade, including $28 less for a water pump, $262 less for an alternator, $64 less for a starter, $39 less for fuel injection and $68 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Renegade isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Escape outsold the Jeep Renegade by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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