2015 Chevy Trax vs. 2015 Jeep Renegade: Price and Fuel Economy

March 26th, 2015 by

The 2015 Chevy Trax is a small SUV like no other. It’s a vehicle that the market demanded based on its love of small, fuel efficient, and capable vehicles. In this market of compact crossovers, there’s not much competition for Chevy dealers in Albany, NY.

For American car makers, the two biggest are the Trax and the 2015 Jeep Renegade. This tiny Jeep has gotten a lot of press, as it’s completely new territory for Jeep.

So how do these two compare? Let’s find out!

Price and Features

At first glance, the 2015 Jeep Renegade looks like a steal, starting at under $18,000 for the FWD “Sport” trim. However, once you dig into the specifications you’ll find that this entry-level Renegade is stripped of features the average buyers comes to expect. The missing features include an automatic transmission (optional, but manual is standard), air conditioning,  and cruise control.

To ensure you get these basic features, you have to upgrade to the mid-range “Latitude” trim, which starts at $21,995.

The 2015 Trax, on the other hand, includes all of those features on its standard LS trim, and even includes Chevy’s MyLink 7-inch touchscreen dash unit as a part of the base package. With the standard FWD layout, the starting price is $20,120. When all is said and done with the Renegade, you’re more than likely to pay more for less compared to the Trax.

Adding AWD or 4WD for more capabilities only hurts the overall price of the Renegade more, in fact. The 4WD “Latitude” trim on the Jeep starts at a whopping $23,295. That’s nearly $2,000 more than the Trax’s AWD version, which starts at $21,620.

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is likely one of the most important factors that determine whether or not you buy one car over another. Gas has gone down a bit over the past year, but it’ll likely creep back up again over the next few years.

That means getting the best fuel economy possible is important now and into the future. Because over the course of the 5-10 years you’ll likely own your vehicle, you could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars depending on the max. fuel economy of your chosen vehicle.

Combined MPG on the FWD 2015 Trax is 29, according to FuelEconomy.gov. The FWD Renegade, with the standard manual transmission (which is naturally more efficient than an automatic), is rated at 27 combined city and highway MPG.

It should be noted that both of these vehicles feature a similar 1.4-liter turbocharged engine.


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