2018 Jeep Compass vs. Its Competition

2018 Jeep Compass
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Jeep is slicing and dicing the crossover-SUV world very finely.

Smaller than the Cherokee, bigger than the Renegade, the Compass posts up against nicely packaged vehicles like the Subaru Crosstrek.

It no longer offers a Hybrid edition; Subie fans will just have to be content in their cult with its hatchback practicality.

It also matches up against the Hyundai Tucson, which doesn't pretend at all to be an off-roader.

It's refined, fairly efficient, and benignly handsome.

The Kia Sportage is roughly the Tucson's size, but it's more showy, more outwardly athletic, and offers more turbocharged horsepower, though it's not all that coordinated in delivering that power to the road.

This year brings a new GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox.

They’ve taken a step down the size ladder.

They’re more efficient, with somewhat less space inside, but the GMC has better powertrain availability, better styling, and a strikingly expensive Denali model.

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T2018 Chevrolet Equinox
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2018 GMC Terrain, 2017 Detroit auto show2018 GMC Terrain
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2018 Hyundai Tucson2018 Hyundai Tucson
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2018 Kia Sportage2018 Kia Sportage
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2018 Subaru Crosstrek first drive2018 Subaru Crosstrek
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Quick Specs
The 2018 Jeep Compass makes some compromises in size and power, but its Trailhawk model hits the crossover-SUV sweet spot.
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a needed step forward for the brand and a solid compact crossover.
The 2018 GMC Terrain tucks into a jazzy new body, and boasts a great new turbo-4 drivetrain, but needs to spread its safety message farther, and wider.
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson puts service ahead of sizzle, and caps it with an excellent warranty.
There’s a lot to like about the sharp-handling, attractive 2018 Kia Sportage, even if its fuel economy doesn’t impress.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek smooths over the edges that we didn’t like with the last version. It’s smooth, quiet, and capable—all good things because it won’t be rushed.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbo Gas/Ethanol I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WD
Style Name     
Sport FWDFWD 4-Door L w/1SMFWD 4-Door SLSE FWDLX FWD2.0i Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2018 Jeep Compass vs. 2018 Chevrolet Equinox2018 Jeep Compass vs. 2018 GMC Terrain2018 Jeep Compass vs. 2018 Hyundai Tucson2018 Jeep Compass vs. 2018 Kia Sportage2018 Jeep Compass vs. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek