Jeep celebrated its 75th anniversary with the launch of the new generation Jeep Renegade, which has the potential to be a hit with both off-roaders and commuters. Mazda, on the other hand, chose to go with a fun line of 2016 Mazda CX-5’s.
Starting with safety, customers won’t have what to complain about either vehicle. The Jeep Renegade received a set of seven airbags, as well as several driving assists, including Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, Rear Park Assist System, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist according to the jeep.com website.
The CX-5 is also an excellent option regarding safety. The Mazda crossover was named one of the 2015 Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS. With its package of driving aids like anti-lock brakes and traction control, the CX-5 has good enough handling for the drivers to take care of themselves. Nevertheless, the crossover also offers a variety of different driving aids, like the Smart City Brake Support, the Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, the Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and the Distance Recognition Support System among others.
Mazda separated its 2016 CX-5 generation in three models. All three are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Starting with the CX-5 Sport and the CX-5 Touring, and capping off the models with the CX-5 Grand Touring. The CX-5 Sport also comes with the option of a 6-speed manual transmission instead of the 6-speed automatic shift.
Jeep offers a wider variety of 2016 Renegades. The brand has four models available with front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive: the Renegade Sport, the Renegade Limited, the Renegade Latitude, and the special edition Renegade 75th Anniversary.
As well as those models, Jeep also offers two models only available with four-wheel drive: the Renegade Justice, and its top model, the Renegade Trailhawk.
When comparing the fuel economy ratings for the base models of these two crossover powerhouses, the CX-5 has the advantage over its stockier competitor.
The 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport consumes an estimated 24 mpg driving in the city, and an estimated 31 mpg on the highway. The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Automatic Sport holds a slight advantage, which in the long run could turn into big bucks, consuming an estimated 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
Mazda’s advantage is also slim regarding fuel economy between the two top models of the Renegade and CX-5. The 4-wheel drive Trailhawk consumes 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway while the powerful CX-5 all-wheel-drive Grand Touring consumes an estimated 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Between those two models, the Mazda also has a slight advantage when it comes to engine power. The Automatic Grand Touring model runs on a 2.5 liter four engine, which can make 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque at 3250 rpm. The Trailhawk has a 2.4 liter four engine with 180 horsepower and able to make 175 lb-ft of torque.
The 2016 Jeep Renegade is available starting at $17,995 for its front-wheel-drive Sport model, and starting at $26,745 for the top-class 2016 Renegade Trailhawk, according to jeep.com.
The Mazda CX-5 2016 class is available starting at $21,795 for the base front-wheel-drive CX-5 Sport while the powerful CX-5 Grand Touring is available starting at $28,220 according to Mazdausa.com.