Robert, probably the point is, "larger and more powerful" doesn't necessarily "eclipse" anything, unless "larger and more poweful" is a customer criteria from the onset. If "larger and more powerful" are necessary for you, then that's for you, but it's not necessarily a customer criteria for everyone else. That should be evident by the purchase choice of a Renegade over a Jeep Cherokee, Range Rover Sport, or Mercedes GLA45 (its 0-60 is 4.3 seconds).
Price point is often a customer criteria, but a lot of customers will justify any price as long as all/most the "Goldilocks" (it feels just right) are satisfied. As practical as we try to sound regarding vehcle purchases, there's a lot of "but I just want it" involved, too. The "better buy" is the vehicle which meets the customer's "Goldilocks" criteria, and FCA (and other makers) have enough market research to know there is a worldwide market for vehicles in the smaller-sized SUV off-road-capable arena and have designed/built/distributed accordingly.
A lot of folk have responded, and their defense of purchase has been really trying to explain their customer criteria. You have done the same, as most of your comments have been why you think something is better or more important than something else. What that has defined is your customer criteria, but it's not a universal criteria. You are definitely within your rights to have a personal customer criteria, but don't expect that it can be professed as better than anyone else's criteria or that anything not filling your criteria as un-this or un-that without challenge. No criteria is that omnipotent, and if it was then the available vehicle models would still be like Hentry Ford's Model A (one size, color for all!).
Enjoy the Cherokee. It's a good car which satisfies a lot of customers. It's just not for me, probably for several of the reasons you prefer it. It's it good to have choices?