2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs. 2019 Jeep Compass

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 Hybrid (except LE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Compass doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Rav4 Hybrid. But it costs extra on the Compass.

The Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Compass only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the Compass have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Compass.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Jeep is ranked 22nd.

Engine

The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 39 more horsepower (219 vs. 180) than the Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is faster than the Jeep Compass (automatics tested):

 

Rav4 Hybrid

Compass

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.4 MPH

76.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Compass 4x4 9-spd Auto (41 city/37 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Compass 4x4 9-speed Auto (41 city/37 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Rav4 Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Compass doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Rav4 Hybrid has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Compass (14.5 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Toyota Rav4 Hybrid comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Compass.

The Rav4 Hybrid 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 Rav4 Hybrid stops shorter than the Compass:

 

Rav4 Hybrid

Compass

 

60 to 0 MPH

143 feet

144 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rav4 Hybrid has larger tires than the Compass (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rav4 Hybrid LE/XLE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Compass Sport.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rav4 Hybrid’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Compass (105.9 inches vs. 103.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 Hybrid is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Compass.

The Rav4 Hybrid XSE handles at .75 G’s, while the Compass Trailhawk pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Rav4 Hybrid XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Compass Trailhawk (28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Rav4 Hybrid 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.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 Hybrid has .3 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Compass.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4 Hybrid’s rear seats recline. The Compass’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Compass with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 27.2 cubic feet). The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Compass with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 59.8 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rav4 Hybrid Limited’s available cargo door 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 Rav4 Hybrid’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Compass’ (1750 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Rav4 Hybrid Limited, the memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Compass doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Rav4 Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Compass’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Compass Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Rav4 Hybrid Limited’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the Compass offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 Hybrid Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Compass.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Rav4 Hybrid Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Compass doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the Compass offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rav4 Hybrid 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.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Jeep Compass by over two to one during 2018.

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