2009 Jeep Compass vs. Its Competition

2009 Jeep Compass Sport

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.

It's easy to group the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V together, as they represent the best of the small crossover SUVs in several respects.

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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Quick Specs
6.6
The Jeep Compass steers the brand toward a new on-road audience but falls short, pleasing neither off-roaders nor drivers who never hit the trails.
7.4
Though it looks decidedly old-school, the Ford Escape is a solid and stylish five-passenger, compact SUV that has been kept up-to-date.
7.8
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
7.0
The 2008 Hyundai Tucson no longer stands out in its class for performance or safety, but it’s still a great value.
7.8
With the 2009 Nissan Rogue, the crossover market gets another right-sized entry that’s just a little tighter inside than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From     
$18,465$20,435$20,700$17,235$19,430$21,500
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*FWD 4-Door S w/CA EmissionsFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door5 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door
Transmission     
ManualManual w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODContinuously VariableAutomatic w/OD