The Jeep Renegade is going to be one hell of a vehicle for Jeep. It combines the love for the un-utilitarian Sport Utility Vehicles with the badge that gives you the sense of freedom. Freedom that can go as far as crossing 5 inch ravines formed by beach sand. Either way, if you spent that much money on a compact Jeep you need it to both be agile in the city and be agile dodging squirrels and marmosets. With this mindset in...mind, uh lets get our contenders that share the qualities of the Renegade at a lower or similar price.
1. 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara: $10,425
At this point, you might be looking at me with a gesture of disgustment as the Grand Vitara was never even considered good to begin with. Well, here's a secret, it is. The Grand Vitara if you didn't know was the only small CUV that was sold with RWD and available 4WD with a properly hardcore suspension. Alright, not that hardcore, but better suited for the rough stuff. Couple that with a capable V6, luxury touches and Suzuki reliability and you have a pretty awesome little trucklet for 10K. Oh, and we can't forget about the rear mounted spare, because we all know it means tough.
2. 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha V8: $20,989
The Wildcard. The V8 Wildcard. The Hummer H3 was sort of the same vehicle as the Jeep Renegade, an off-road brands smaller offering. This being Hummer though its pretty decently sized, and this being Chevy it has a great V8 in it. Fuel economy be damned and V8 Rumble be had. This truck has even better off-road prowess with even more every day practicality. There is even a Hummer branded lotion to match.
3. 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT: $28,453
Was this too obvious? Probably, but it is a great vehicle nevertheless. Winner of the highly acclaimed and widely ignored title of Motor Trend car of the year, this Subaru seems to be more compact than your average CR-Meh but a lot tougher and packing way more punch. Like the Renegade, it has off-road cred, practicality and usability. Also, like the Trail-Hawl model I configured it comes in at about $30K which means both trucks will be similarly equipped. In this comparison you have to make the choice if you want to Subaru meets or go to 4x4 drives with other Wranglers. Either way, both small packages offer a great deal for you money.