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 Subaru Crosstrek

Starting Price: $22,870 | Price Yours

With all-wheel-drive as standard, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact-crossover-SUV is one capable vehicle. Including more Driver assistance features and refinements, not to mention a slightly elevated ride height, the Crosstrek is an off-roader on a budget. Only one engine, a 2.0-liter boxer 4-cylinder, is offered.  A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, but most buyers will choose the CVT automatic, which is standard in the upscale Limited model.

Above Average: Standard all-wheel drive, available plug-in hybrid with 17-mile electric-only range, solid resale value.

Below Average: Only one engine available, power delivery from CVT feels elastic with some engine droning, fairly tight passenger cabin.

Consensus: Our biggest concern with the Subaru Crosstrek is the barely adequate engine output from the 4-cylinder engine. The 6-speed manual transmission may be preferable for some over the CVT. On the positive side, the Crosstrek has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the AWD system and torque vectoring functionality coped easily with miles of unpaved roads.

While the Subaru Crosstrek is already equipped with all-wheel-drive, it can’t match the power of the Jeep Compass and its available all-wheel drive option to go along with its 180-horsepower engine and 9-speed automatic transmission. There’s a certain refinement that comes with this higher-performance engine than you won’t see in the Subaru.

The Jeep Compass can achieve fuel economy ratings of 23 city/32 highway/26 combined, while the standard Subaru Crosstrek can get 23 city/33 highway/28 combined, and the PHEV Hybrid achieves a combined 35 mpg with a 90 MPGe (equivalent) rating. While the 4WD Compass is capable of towing 2,000 pounds, the Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i tops out at 1,500-pounds; The Crosstrek PHEV Hybrid is capable of towing 1,000 pounds.

Jeep Compass Advantages

A more traditional look in compact SUVs, 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.

Subaru Crosstrek Advantages

Better resale value, and a dog-tested, dog-approved mentality will carry the day for Subaru. The hybrid seems to charge faster than most, with a 5-hour stint plugged into a 120-volt outlet being all that’s required for a full squirt. That number drops to 2 hours with the 240-volt charging system installed instead. In addition to gas mileage, a full charge will yield up to 17 miles from the batteries.


Both vehicles are 4-door crossovers with hatchback access that can carry up to five passengers. They are equally capable off-road, but the Compass has more power.

Final Recommendation

The Jeep Compass and Subaru Crosstrek both offer reliable transportation and cargo-carrying capabilities. If safety, interior craftsmanship, and power are more important, the Jeep Compass, will likely be your choice. If you desire quirky good looks with strong resale, the Subaru Crosstrek is worth a look.

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  2019 Jeep Compass 2019 Subaru Crosstrek
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter MultiAir I4 2.0-liter PZEV Flat 4
Horsepower 180 hp @ 6,400 rpm 152 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 175 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm 145 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission 6-spd manual 6-spd manual, AWD
Fuel Economy City 23 /Hwy 32 /Comb 26 mpg City 23 / Hwy 29 /Comb 25 mpg
Also Available 6-spd auto, 9-spd auto, AWD Automatic CVT
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 4 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 103.8 inches 104.9 inches
Overall Length 173 inches 175.8 inches
Width 73.8 inches 71.0 inches
Height 64.6 inches 63.6 inches
Turning Diameter 36.3 feet 35.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.2 inches 39.8 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.5 inches 38.0 inches
Legroom, Front 41.8 inches 43.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.3 inches 36.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.7 inches 56.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.1 inches 55.6 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 126.7 cu. ft. 100.9 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 59.8 cu. ft. 48.9 cu. ft.
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