2016 Jeep Compass vs. Its Competition

2016 Jeep Compass
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Jeep Compass is an economical alternative to larger crossover models—as well as small sedans—and it's one of the few small crossovers to offer the option of serious off-road ability.

Most rivals tend to either take a sportier direction or one that's a little more rugged, like the Compass.

The Nissan Juke is perhaps the sportiest, yet the least practical.

At the sporty side of this group is the Nissan Juke; it offers more inspiring styling and a versatile interior, although its ride can be harsh and it doesn’t offer much if any off-road capability.

The Hyundai Tucson has been revamped this year into a somewhat more refined, substantial-feeling vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has some of the same issues as the Compass (it's actually related); it has a somewhat better-designed interior and a comfortable ride, although engine and road noise can be turnoffs.

The Subaru XV Crosstrek is a more carlike vehicle, but it’s surprisingly tough and fuel-efficient and has a reputation for safety; you can, as with the Compass, get a manual transmission, yet it has some of the same issues with refinement and engine noise.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Jeep Compass is a competent, bargain-priced, and generally well-equipped small crossover; but it's lacking in the tech and safety areas.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson caters to drivers that put styling and features at the top of their crossover-SUV wish list.
A sporty alternative to a growing list of subcompact SUVs, the 2016 Nissan Juke is part rambunctious rally-racer, part defiantly different crossover, but it lacks the space and fuel economy of most rivals.
The 2016 Mini Counryman retains a fair amount of the Mini character and fun-to-drive spirit, but a growing crop of small crossovers give it more competition than ever.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport isn't as refined inside as it looks from its exterior, but it maneuvers well and offers a surprising amount of functional space.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall Station WagonsCompact CarsSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door SE5-Door Wagon CVT S FWDFWD 4-Door2WD 4-Door CVT ES
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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