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 Nissan Rogue

Starting Price: $25,795 | Price Yours

Nissan’s overall best seller, available in a variety of trim levels starting with base S model and stepping up to SV, SV Hybrid, SL, and SL Hybrid, continues on as strong as ever in the compact crossover segment. With a wide variety of available accessories like Nissan ProPilot Assist and such important features as a roomy interior, attractive pricing and an available hybrid powertrain capable of 35 mpg, it’s easy to see why it is such a popular vehicle. Power comes from a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 176-horsepower 2.0-liter hybrid engine with better mileage (+ $1,500).

Above average: Multiple trim levels to choose from, hybrid available, driver aids like ProPilot Assist.

Below Average: Off-road capabilities are somewhat lacking, CVT has elastic feel, resale values not strong.

Consensus: While it doesn’t boast extreme off-road prowess, the Nissan Rogue makes up for it with all the amazing technology inside, including Nissan ProPilot Assist and the suite of other driver aides like lane departure warning to keep you on the straight and narrow (highway).

The Jeep Compass is available with a single powertrain and a choice of FWD or AWD. The Rogue also has the same front-drive, all-wheel drive options as well as a hybrid version. From a towing standpoint, the 4WD Compass is capable of towing 2,000 pounds, the Nissan Rogue checks in at a lower than expected 1,102 pounds.

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.

Nissan Rogue Advantages

In addition to better resale value and reliability, the Nissan Rogue is just sized right for the city and country alike. Nissan ProPilot Assist pushes further ahead than any assists in the Jeep Compass and offer compelling reasons to consider the Rogue


Both vehicles can carry up to five passengers. The Compass will carry the day for those needing off-roading capability, and the confidence that comes with it. On the other hand, they both are equally at home on the open (paved) road.

Final Recommendation

The Jeep Compass and Nissan Rogue both offer reliable transportation and cargo-carrying capabilities. So, too, a full suite of safety technologies, along with top-shelf interior craftsmanship. Power in both the Jeep Compass, and the Nissan Rogue are on par with each other. The only spot they diverge is in towing capacity. If you never tow, you won’t go wrong with either choice. If you need to tow up to 2,000 pounds, you’ll likely go home with the Jeep Compass.

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  2019 Jeep Compass 2019 Nissan Rogue
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter MultiAir I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 180 hp @ 6400 rpm 170 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 175 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm 175 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission Manual, 6-Spd Automatic, CVT
Fuel Economy 23 city/32 hwy/26 mpg 26 city/33 hwy/29 mpg
Also Available 6-spd auto, 9-spd auto, AWD AWD, 2.0-liter with electric motor hybrid
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 4 Stars 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 103.8 inches 106.5 inches
Overall Length 173 inches 184.5 inches
Width 73.8 inches 72.4 inches
Height 64.6 inches 68.0 inches
Turning Diameter 36.3 feet 37.6 feet
Headroom, Front 39.2 inches 41.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.5 inches 38.5 inches
Legroom, Front 41.8 inches 41.6 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.3 inches 38.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.7 inches 56.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.1 inches 55.9 inches
EPA Interior Volume 126.7 cu. fu. 134.0 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 59.8 cu. ft. 70 cu. ft.
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