The Nissan Rogue is similar to the 2009 Jeep Compass in layout; it also utilizes a four-cylinder engine and a CVT for its powertrain.
This combination works better in the Rogue than in the Compass.
The Rogue, while simple in its presentation, did not feel or look cheaply screwed together.
The Honda is more carlike and delivers refinement in all areas where the 2009 Jeep Compass fails.
Ditto for the RAV4, but in a vehicle with some off-road capabilities.
The Tucson benefits from Hyundai's aggressive pricing-vs.-feature equation (low price with lots of features).
A V-6 is available, but we find the styling somewhat awkward.
The Tucson's excellent warranty may make you ignore anything you don't like about the styling.
It's easy to identify the popular Ford Escape as a reasonable competitor to the Jeep Compass.
If you have the opportunity to drive a 2009 Escape, you'll enjoy a much more substantial vehicle that offers V-6 and gas/electric hybrid power in addition to a four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic.
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|23 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||FWD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*||FWD 4-Door S w/CA Emissions||FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||5 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Automatic||Manual w/OD||Continuously Variable||Automatic w/OD|