2020 Ford Escape FHEV vs. 2020 Jeep Compass

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape FHEV have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jeep Compass doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Escape FHEV has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Compass doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escape FHEV offers an optional backup collision prevention system 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.

The Escape FHEV Titanium has standard parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Compass doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Escape FHEV’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 Escape FHEV and the Compass have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Escape FHEV the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Compass last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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There are over 26 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Escape FHEV’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Escape FHEV has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Compass doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 10 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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The Escape FHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 20 more horsepower (200 vs. 180) than the Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape FHEV is faster than the Jeep Compass (automatics tested):

Escape FHEV

Compass

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.7 MPH

76.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Escape FHEV gets better mileage than the Compass:

MPG

Escape FHEV

FWD

Auto

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

44 city/37 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/37 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

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

Transmission

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The Ford Escape FHEV comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Compass.

The Escape FHEV 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

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The Escape FHEV stops much shorter than the Compass:

Escape FHEV

Compass

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

144 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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

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

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape FHEV’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the Compass (106.7 inches vs. 103.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escape FHEV is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Compass.

The Escape FHEV SE Sport 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Compass Trailhawk pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escape FHEV SE Sport 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Compass Trailhawk (28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Escape FHEV has 4.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Compass (104 vs. 99.6).

The Escape FHEV has .8 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom, 4.1 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Compass.

Cargo Capacity

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The Escape FHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Compass with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 27.2 cubic feet). The Escape FHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Compass with its rear seat folded (60.8 vs. 59.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape FHEV easier. The Escape FHEV’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.9 inches, while the Compass’ liftover is 31.1 inches.

The Escape FHEV’s cargo area is larger than the Compass’ in every dimension:

Escape FHEV

Compass

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

36.7”/68.3”

32.4”/65.7”

Max Width

57.3”

53.8”

Min Width

41.4”

38.1”

Height

32.8”

29.6”

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape FHEV Titanium’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

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The Escape FHEV’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Compass’ (1500 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Escape FHEV Titanium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Compass doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

The Escape FHEV’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Compass’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Escape FHEV’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Compass’ headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

The Escape FHEV has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Compass only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Both the Escape FHEV and the Compass offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape FHEV 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.

The Escape FHEV Titanium’s Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Compass doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The Ford Escape outsold the Jeep Compass by 68% during 2019.

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