2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Jeep Compass

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Compass doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Compass have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Jeep Compass:

 

CR-V

Compass

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

41%

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

445 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

326/489 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.8 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29%

36%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

235 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/200 lbs.

299/387 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Jeep Compass:

 

CR-V

Compass

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

130 G’s

134 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

609 lbs.

928 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Compass was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 40 points higher than the Compass.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Compass isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 7 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (184 vs. 180) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 175) than the Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (190 vs. 180) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 175) than the Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda CR-V is faster than the Jeep Compass (automatics tested):

 

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Compass

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.5 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

15.8 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

89 MPH

76.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Compass:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

FWD

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Compass

FWD

Manual

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

AWD

Manual

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Transmission

The Honda CR-V comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Compass.

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Compass doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Compass:

 

CR-V

Compass

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

144 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Compass (235/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Compass Sport.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Compass.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Compass Trailhawk pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CR-V LX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Compass Trailhawk (27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Compass doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Compass doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 6.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Compass (105.9 vs. 99.6).

The CR-V has .9 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, .3 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Compass.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V’s rear seats recline. The Compass’ rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the CR-V is .4 inches lower than the Compass (19” vs. 19.4”). The CR-V’s rear step up height is 2.7 inches lower than the Compass’ (18” vs. 20.7”).

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Compass with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 27.2 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Compass with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 59.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Compass’ liftover is 31.1 inches.

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the Compass’ in every dimension:

 

CR-V

Compass

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

32.4”/65.7”

Max Width

54”

53.8”

Min Width

41.5”

38.1”

Height

41”

29.6”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Compass doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Compass doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CR-V Touring’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Compass doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

The CR-V’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Compass’ (1500 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Compass doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Compass doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Compass can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Compass’ headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Both the CR-V and the Compass offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Compass doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Compass because typical repairs cost less on the CR-V than the Compass, including $80 less for a water pump, $58 less for a muffler, $29 less for front brake pads, $122 less for front struts and $85 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Compass

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Compass isn’t in the top three.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Compass has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Compass has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Jeep Compass by over two to one during the 2018 model year.

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