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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.

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2019 Toyota RAV4

Starting Price: $26,545 | Price Yours

Remade for 2019, the Toyota RAV4 gets new looks, more upscale features, added value, better fuel efficiency, a better driving experience, and advanced safety features. The new looks, inspired by off-road-truck styling, gives way to a variety of upscale interiors and fairly decent power from the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. The most powerful version is the Hybrid and it also delivers the best fuel economy.

Above Average: Availability of a hybrid powertrain, Toyota dependability, reliability and high resale.

Below Average: Affordability can be an issue with higher trim levels of the RAV4 costing more than $35,000. Order the hybrid trim level, and that number can exceed $40,000 when going all-in.

Consensus: Bulletproof reliability and drivability in a traditional package. More than adequate power as it is, but if you still need more oomph, check out the RAV4 XSE HV.
 

The Jeep Compass is available with a single powertrain and a choice of FWD or AWD. Same with the RAV4 but you also have the available higher-performance Hybrid drivetrain using a 2.5-liter Atkinson-Cycle engine for more power and fuel economy. Both are refined in their operation.

While the 4WD Compass is capable of towing 2,000 pounds, the Toyota RAV4, depending on configuration and trim level, can tow from 1,500 to 3,500 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.

Toyota RAV4 Advantages

Better resale value and reliability, plus the availability of a high-performance hybrid helps the RAV4 best the Compass in the powertrain department. The design may not float everyone’s boat but does help the Toyota stand out a bit more.

Similarities

Both vehicles are 4-door crossovers with hatchback access that can carry up to five passengers. They are equally capable off-roaders but for more rugged terrain, the Compact Trailhawk has an advantage. For those seeking more power, the Toyota will win their hearts.

Final Recommendation

The Jeep Compass and Toyota RAV4 both offer reliable transportation and cargo-carrying capabilities. While the Jeep plays to its off-road strengths, the Toyota RAV4, with the availability of hybrid model, will appeal to a wider swath of crossover shoppers.

Ready to buy a Jeep Compass or Toyota RAV4? See new models available right now at a dealership near you.

  2019 Jeep Compass 2019 Toyota RAV4
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter MultiAir I4 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 180 hp @ 6400 rpm 203 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque 175 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Transmission 6-spd manual 8-spd auto
Fuel Economy 23 city/32 hwy/26 mpg 26 city/35 hwy/30 mpg
Also Available 6-spd auto, 9-spd auto, AWD AWD, Hybrid with CVT
Specs    
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 105.9 inches
Overall Length 173 inches 180.9 inches
Width 73.8 inches 73.0 inches
Height 64.6 inches 67 inches
Turning Diameter 36.3 feet 36.1 feet
Headroom, Front 39.2 inches 39.5 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.5 inches 39.5 inches
Legroom, Front 41.8 inches 41 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.3 inches 37.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.7 inches 57.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.1 inches 56.4 inches
EPA Interior Volume 126.7 cu. ft. 136.4 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 59.8 cu. ft. n/a
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