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2017 Jeep Renegade vs 2017 Kia Soul

Subcompact crossovers have become extremely popular over the last few years. What's the appeal? Well, they're designed to be great for cruising around the city, offering AWD or 4WD at an affordable price and providing cargo versatility without the bulky size some other SUVs may have. Of course, some models better reflect these qualities than others, which it why it's important for you to do your research before signing on the dotted line. To help, we're presenting this comparison between the 2017 Jeep Renegade vs the 2017 Kia Soul.

To be fair, both the Renegade and the Soul are perfectly equipped for city cruising, but what happens if you decide to take your adventure off-road? A FWD vehicle isn't going to cut it, which is why the Renegade's two available 4WD systems stand out in the segment. Choose either Jeep Active Drive or Jeep Active Drive Low (with a 20:1 crawl ratio), while also utilizing the model's Selec-Terrain Traction Control System that can be optimized for snow, sand, mud and rock.

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2017 Jeep Renegade vs 2017 Kia Soul
160 hp, 184 lb.-ft. of torque Standard Engine Specs 130 hp, 118 lb.-ft. of torque
FWD or 4WD Drivetrain FWD only
50.8 cu. ft. Cargo Volume 49.5 cu. ft.
Advanced IIHS Rating for Font Crash Prevention Basic
Up to 2,000 lbs. Towing Capacity No tow rating available

Difference Between the 2017 Renegade and 2017 Soul

When it comes to versatility and capabilities, the Renegade has the Soul beat in more ways than just 4x4 systems. It has more horsepower and torque when comparing standard engines and a towing capacity up to 2,000 pounds. That's pretty impressive for a subcompact crossover, though for many drivers, the Renegade's superior 50.8 cu. ft. of cargo space will be more than sufficient.

But, what about safety? Well the Renegade impresses there too, as it has an Advanced rating for front crash prevention technology when properly equipped. The Soul only manages a Basic score. Moreover, the Renegade comes standard with driver-side knee protection airbags, auto off exterior light control, a headlight washer, daytime running lights and a panic alarm, none of which are standard on the Soul. How is that for safety and security?

When comparing the 2017 Jeep Renegade vs the 2017 Kia Soul, it seems pretty clear that Jeep's subcompact crossover has the Soul beat. But, don't just take our word for it. Come experience it yourself here at Parks Motors.

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