5 Stars

4 Stars



5 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

190 lbs.

332 lbs.

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

18 lbs.



5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

153 lbs.

221 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

264/236 lbs.

290/322 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the GMC Terrain is safer than the Jeep Renegade:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Rear Seat


5 Stars

3 Stars




Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

630 lbs.

1087 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

41 G’s

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Terrain the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade has not been fully tested, yet.


The Terrain’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Renegade’s (6 vs. 5 years).


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Terrain has a standard 700-amp battery. The Renegade’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Terrain’s reliability 11 points higher than the Renegade.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 12th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 22nd in reliability. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.


The Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 72 more horsepower (252 vs. 180) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4-cyl.:



Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

9.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

81.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Terrain AWD 1.5 turbo gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade 4x4 1.4 turbo (25 city/28 hwy vs. 23 city/29 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the Terrain’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Renegade 2.4-liter doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Terrain FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (14.9 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Terrain AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (15.6 vs. 12.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Terrain 2.0T’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Renegade:

Terrain 2.0T


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

10.95 inches

The Terrain stops shorter than the Renegade:



60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

130 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Terrain has larger standard tires than the Renegade (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Terrain’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Renegade (235/50R19 vs. 225/55R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Terrain has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Renegade.

The Terrain has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Renegade doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Terrain’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the Renegade (107.3 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Terrain is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Renegade.

The Terrain Denali AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Terrain Denali AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).


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

The front grille of the Terrain 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.

The Terrain uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Renegade doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Terrain has 3.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Renegade (103.2 vs. 100.1).

The Terrain has 1.3 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Renegade.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Terrain’s rear seats recline. The Renegade’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Renegade with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Renegade with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 50.8 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Renegade doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Terrain (except SL) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Terrain SLT/Denali, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Renegade doesn’t offer a power liftgate.


The Terrain’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Renegade’s (1500 vs. 0 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Jeep Renegade 4x4 is only 2000 pounds. The Terrain offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.


When two different drivers share the Terrain (except SL/SLE), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. 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 Terrain (except SL/SLE)’s optional 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 Terrain’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Renegade does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Terrain’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Renegade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

On a hot day the Terrain’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Renegade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

The Terrain 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 Terrain 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.

The Terrain’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Renegade.

When the Terrain with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Renegade’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Terrain SLT/Denali has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Renegade offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Terrain and the Renegade offer available heated front seats. The Terrain Denali also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Renegade.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Terrain Denali keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Renegade doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the Terrain and the Renegade offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Terrain 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.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Terrain owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Terrain will cost $365 less than the Renegade over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Terrain is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because typical repairs cost much less on the Terrain than the Renegade, including $300 less for a starter and $323 less for front struts.


The GMC Terrain outsold the Jeep Renegade by 18% during 2018.

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