The Honda CR-V reigns as the segment leader here for those who don't plan to go off-road; it's going to be completely redesigned for 2012, with expected improvements in refinement.
Among other compact crossovers, the only other one—other than the Compass's Jeep Patriot sibling—to offer a locking center differential is the Toyota RAV4, and none of them offer a lower drive ratio as enabled with both of these Jeep models' optional Freedom Drive II system.
Some also won't like the RAV4's spare tire mounted at the back hatch.
Even though Nissan uses the same CVT, it works much better in the Rogue, while the Rogue's interior feels a bit warmer and more family-oriented.
The Ford Escape is a dated, though competent rival to the Compass; and on the road, it's 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.
The Hyundai Tucson is a slightly smaller alternative, with an efficient four-cylinder engine and a stylish, contemporary exterior.
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|21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 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||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door XLS||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door Manual GL||FWD 4-Door S||FWD 4-Door I4 (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door Sport Utility||Sport Utility||4 Door|
|Manual||Manual||Automatic||Manual||Continuously variable ratio||Automatic w/OD|
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