2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Jeep Compass

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Safety

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The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor 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.

The Tucson’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 Tucson 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Jeep Compass:

Tucson

Compass

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

196

Neck Injury Risk

21%

41%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

445 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

326/489 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.8 inches

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

235 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

92 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Jeep Compass:

Tucson

Compass

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

102

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

134 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

482 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 IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Compass was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Compass’ 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Jeep covers the Compass. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Compass ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Compass’ (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tucson has a 600-amp battery. The Compass only offers a standard 500-amp battery.

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 Tucson’s reliability 20 points higher than the Compass.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Compass isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 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 Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 12 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Tucson is faster than the Jeep Compass (automatics tested):

Tucson SE/Value

Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate

Compass

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

8.8 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

16.7 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

84.1 MPH

76.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tucson has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Compass (16.4 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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

The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Compass doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Tucson stops much shorter than the Compass:

Tucson

Compass

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

144 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the Compass (225/60R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Compass (245/45R19 vs. 235/45R19).

The Tucson SE/Value’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Compass Sport’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson SE/Value 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 Tucson’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Compass (105.1 inches vs. 103.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Compass.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Compass Trailhawk pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Compass Trailhawk (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Compass Trailhawk’s (34.9 feet vs. 35.3 feet). The Tucson’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Compass’ (34.9 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 2.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Compass (102.2 vs. 99.6).

The Tucson has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom and 5.3 inches more rear hip room than the Compass.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Compass with its rear seat up (31 vs. 27.2 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Compass with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 59.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Tucson easier. The Tucson’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.3 inches, while the Compass’ liftover is 31.1 inches.

The Tucson’s cargo area is larger than the Compass’ in almost every dimension:

Tucson

Compass

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

32.4”/65.7”

Max Width

53”

53.8”

Min Width

40.7”

38.1”

Height

35.2”

29.6”

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson’s liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind 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 Tucson’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Compass’ (1500 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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

The Tucson has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Compass only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Compass Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Tucson 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 Tucson and the Compass offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Compass.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Compass doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Compass because typical repairs cost less on the Tucson than the Compass, including $6 less for a water pump, $20 less for front brake pads, $19 less for a starter, $118 less for a fuel pump, $167 less for front struts and $199 less for a timing belt/chain.

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