Both the EcoSport and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
There are over 31 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the EcoSport’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Jeep.
The EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (166 vs. 160) than the Renegade’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the EcoSport 4x4 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade 4x4 4 cyl. (23 city/29 hwy vs.
21 city/29 hwy).
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the EcoSport’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 EcoSport has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Renegade (13.6 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The EcoSport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Renegade’s standard 65 series tires. The EcoSport’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Renegade’s optional 55 series tires.
The EcoSport has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Renegade’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The EcoSport is 5.3 inches shorter than the Renegade, making the EcoSport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
For excellent aerodynamics, the EcoSport has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.
The EcoSport has 1.7 inches more front legroom and 1.6 inches more rear legroom than the Renegade.
The EcoSport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Renegade with its rear seat up (20.9 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).
The EcoSport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Renegade Sport.
The EcoSport 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.
Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the EcoSport, 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.