2008 Jeep Compass vs. Its Competition

2008 Jeep Compass
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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 (available after June 2008), 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.

2008 Jeep Compass2008 Jeep Compass
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2009 Ford Escape2009 Ford Escape
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2008 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX Side Exterior View2008 Honda CR-V
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2008 Nissan Rogue FWD 4-door SL Rear Exterior View2008 Nissan Rogue
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2008 Toyota RAV4 2008 Toyota RAV4
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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2008 Jeep Compass tries to take the brand to a new on-road audience, but falls short of pleasing 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.
7.8
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    
$17,475$20,435$20,700$19,430$21,500
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 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 Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door5 Door4 Door4 Door
Transmission    
ManualManual w/ODAutomaticContinuously VariableAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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