2019 Jeep Compass vs. 2019 Hyundai Tucson Comparison
2019 Jeep Compass
Starting Price: $23,340 | Price Yours
“Honey, I shrunk the Jeep Grand Cherokee” is one of the likely comments you’ll hear about the 2019 Jeep Compass. Looking like a scaled-down version of its big brother Grand Cherokee, the Jeep Compass is a competent off-roader that can hold its own, especially in Trailhawk trim. The base model Compass is equipped with rugged good looks, an impressive array of features, including many desirable safety assists, a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission for those inclined to row-it-themselves.
Above average: Good off-road abilities when 4-wheel drive is specified, easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system, availability of a 9-speed automatic.
Below Average: Available with only one engine choice, resale and fuel economy could better.
Consensus: With good ability to go both on and off-road, the Jeep Compass is a desirable package, especially if you are a fan of all things Jeep, including the larger Grand Cherokee. A single engine choice yields only average power ratings although there is the ability to choose 2WD or 4WD powertrains and a variety of available features and trim levels, including Trailhawk and Limited versions that could send pricing for the Compass north of $35,000.
2019 Hyundai Tucson
Starting Price: $24,245 | Price Yours
A popular compact crossover with a stellar 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper, and 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson has been refreshed at front and rear and ready to wage war against the Jeep Compass and competitors like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX5 and Toyota RAV4. Add in advanced driver assists as standard, along with other new available features including wireless charging and there is reason to get charged up. A standard 164-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is powering the SE and Value trim levels while a 181-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder powers the SEL, Sport and Limited trim levels. Both engines are matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive is available on all trim levels for an additional $1,400.
Above Average: Two engine choices, long warranty, safety and convenience features like wireless charging.
Below Average: Lack of cargo space, low output from a noisy base engine.
Consensus comments: The Hyundai brand has basically made a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty the norm rather than the exception. And along the way, improved quality and design has almost made it unnecessary. We think the 181 hp 2.4-liter engine should arrive as the standard offering in the Tucson, truly making it a class-above vehicle.
The Jeep Compass is available with a single 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder powertrain and a choice of FWD or AWD (+$1,500). The Hyundai Tucson offers a choice of engines, depending on trim level, and optional All-Wheel-Drive throughout the line. The SE and Value trim levels include the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 164 horsepower in the SE and Value trim levels. The SEL, Sport and Limited models include the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder producing 181 horsepower. While the 4WD Compass is capable of towing 2,000 pounds, the Hyundai Tucson is limited to a payload of 1,000 pounds on its trailer hitch.
Jeep Compass Advantages
A more traditional looking compact SUV, the Jeep Compass plays it safe design-wise by sticking to the traditional two-box design ethos. Opting for the Compass Trailhawk will deliver an impressive off-roader with taller ride height, and Jeep’s Selec-Terrain terrain management system to tailor the vehicle to specific road or off-road conditions.
Hyundai Tucson Advantages
Quiet whether on city streets or the highway, the 2-4-liter equipped Hyundai Tucson cabin is noticeably tranquil, the suspension is calm and composed, and the Sport Mode makes driving it just a little more fun. The Smart Power Tailgate is worth the price of admission, without requiring a one-footed sweep under the rear bumper. Just stand at the rear of the Tucson for a few seconds and the tailgate will open automatically.
Both can carry up to five passengers and are sized right for around town agility. The Compass features off-road prowess and cred. The Tucson carries the day with refinement and confidence, backed by Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
It comes down to your needs. If occasional off-roading is in your windshield, the Jeep Compass with Selec-Terrain terrain management system will be your ride of choice. If refinement is more important, you will select the Hyundai Tucson, instead.
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|2019 Jeep Compass||2019 Hyundai Tucson|
|Engine||2.4-liter MultiAir I4||2.0-liter I4|
|Horsepower||180 hp @ 6400 rpm||161 hp @ 6200 rpm|
|Torque||175 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm||151 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm|
|Transmission||Manual, 6-Spd||Automatic, 6-spd|
|Fuel Economy||23 city/32 hwy/26 mpg||23 city/30 hwy/26 mpg|
|Also Available||6-spd auto, 9-spd auto, AWD||AWD, 2.4-liter I4|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||5 years/60 ,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||4 Stars||5 Stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||103.8 inches||105.1 inches|
|Overall Length||173 inches||176.4 inches|
|Width||73.8 inches||72.8 inches|
|Height||64.6 inches||64.8 inches|
|Turning Diameter||36.3 feet||34.9 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.2 inches||39.6 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.5 inches||39.2 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.8 inches||41.5 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||38.3 inches||38.2 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||56.7 inches||57.1 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||55.1 inches||55.5 inches|
|EPA Interior Volume||126.7 cu. ft.||133.2 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||59.8 cu. ft.||61.9 cu. ft.|