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.

Final Recommendation

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
Popular Powertrains    
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.
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