If you’re a driver in Winter Haven, Lakeland, or Bartow who’s on the lookout for your next sport utility vehicle, the Jeep Renegade and the Ford EcoSport are likely to be pretty close to the top of your list of options to check out. Both vehicles offer a wide array of benefits that have what it takes to improve any drive.
We here at Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Winter Haven have placed these two side by side as a way to help you consider which one matches your priorities the best. We’ll be looking at what they can do within the all-important categories of performance, convenience, and technology. Jump in to get even closer to picking out your next SUV.
While each vehicle provides you with two choices when it comes to what it has beneath the hood, the Renegade ends up offering significantly more muscle. It comes standard with a 1.3-liter engine that supplies you with 177 horsepower as well as 210 lb-ft of torque. The available 2.4-liter engine gives you even more oomph with its 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.
The EcoSport falls short of the Renegade in the performance department. Its standard 2.0-liter engine has a total output of 166 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque, and the available 1.0-liter engine only offers 123 horsepower with 125 lb-ft of torque.
Both the Jeep Renegade and the Ford EcoSport start out strong in terms of convenience. For example, they both come standard with the Hill Start Assist. This feature comes in handy whenever you find yourself parked on the side of a hill.
When you’re ready to get started again, it will apply pressure to the brakes for an extra moment to give you enough time to move your foot over from the brake pedal to the gas pedal. This action ensures that you don’t end up rolling back down the hill before you can accelerate.
The Renegade takes over here with features like the standard Trailer Sway Damping, which helps you maintain control in the event you plan on towing your ATV trailer to your favorite camping spots. It’s also available with Heated Front Seats to ensure you and your front-seat passenger are nice and comfortable no matter what the weather might be like outside. The Ford EcoSport is not available with Trailer Sway Damping or Heated Front Seats.
The technology you’ll find in the Jeep Renegade is easily accessible thanks to the available 8.4-inch display that houses infotainment systems, controls, and settings that make it possible to customize your drive without taking too much attention off the road in front of you. Unfortunately, the largest screen available in the EcoSport only goes up to eight inches.
Because of its commanding engine capabilities, accommodating convenience features, and supportive technology features, the Jeep Renegade can successfully outperform anything the Ford EcoSport has to offer in the same areas. If the Renegade sounds like something you can use during your daily Winter Haven, Lakeland, or Bartow commutes, contact Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Winter Haven today to schedule a test drive.