2011 Jeep Compass vs. Its Competition

2011 Jeep Compass
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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.

For those who never plan to go off-road, the Nissan Rogue might be the closest rival to the the 2011 Jeep Compass; it also has a four-cylinder engine and a CVT for its powertrain.

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.

The Honda CR-V reigns as the segment leader here for those who don't plan to go off-road; its interior is well appointed and nearly as spacious as a minivan—with the quiet, refined interior of a larger vehicle, too.

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Quick Specs
The 2011 Jeep Compass, remains a vehicle that looks better on paper—roomy, versatile, and maneuverable, but still lacking in driving refinement and powertrain responsiveness.
The boxy, old-school appearance might turn you off, but the 2011 Ford Escape still delivers solid crossover and SUV bona fides.
The 2011 Honda CR-V is homely, as well as unexciting to drive; yet it's a great minivan alternative on many counts—appealing to practical shoppers with a roomy, versatile interior and top safety ratings.
Much better than its predecessor, the 2011 Hyundai Tucson needs a touch more power and steering feel to top carlike utes like the Nissan Rogue.
The 2011 Nissan Rogue has a good feature set and great packaging for small-family use, but its performance and details aren't always delightful.
Don't let appearances mislead; the 2011 Toyota RAV4 is a modern, practical crossover choice and great for frugal families.
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2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
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FWD 4-Door LatitudeFWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Manual GL *Ltd Avail*FWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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4 Door4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport UtilitySport Utility4 Door
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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