2020 Jeep Compass vs. 2020 Honda HR-V

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Safety

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The Compass’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The HR-V doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Compass has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The HR-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Compass Trailhawk’s standard Hill-descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The HR-V doesn’t offer Hill-descent Control.

To help make backing safer, the Compass’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The HR-V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Compass Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited offers optional SiriusXM Guardian, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The HR-V doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Compass and the HR-V 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, 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 parking sensors.

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

Compass

HR-V

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

205

Neck Injury Risk

36%

41%

Leg Forces (l/r)

299/387 lbs.

574/500 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Compass is safer than the Honda HR-V:

Compass

HR-V

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

102

148

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

134 G’s

158 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

357

Spine Acceleration

56 G’s

59 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

12 inches

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

663 lbs.

799 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Compass’ warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Compass has a standard 500-amp battery (650 optional). The HR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 39 more horsepower (180 vs. 141) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Compass is faster than the Honda HR-V (automatics tested):

Compass

HR-V

Zero to 30 MPH

3.6 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.8 sec

10.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.4 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

18.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

81.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Compass Auto’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The HR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Compass has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The HR-V doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Compass’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the HR-V:

Compass

HR-V

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.5 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Compass Limited 4x4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the HR-V (235/45R19 vs. 215/55R17).

The Compass Limited 4x4’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the HR-V’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Compass Limited 4x4 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The HR-V’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Compass Trailhawk has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the HR-V; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Jeep Compass has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Honda HR-V has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Compass has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Compass flat and controlled during cornering. The HR-V 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Compass’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The HR-V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Compass Trailhawk’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the HR-V’s (35.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Compass’ turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the HR-V’s (36.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Compass has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the HR-V (8.2 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Compass to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Compass Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 1.8 inches higher than on the HR-V (8.5 vs. 6.7 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Compass has .6 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the HR-V.

Cargo Capacity

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The Compass has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the HR-V with its rear seat up (27.2 vs. 24.3 cubic feet). The Compass has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the HR-V with its rear seat folded (59.8 vs. 58.8 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Compass Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The HR-V doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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The Compass 4x4 w/Towing Package offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The HR-V has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Compass Auto offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The HR-V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

The power windows standard on both the Compass and the HR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Compass is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The HR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Compass’ front power windows 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 HR-V’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Compass’ standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The HR-V LX/Sport’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Compass’ optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Compass detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The HR-V doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Compass Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The HR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Compass’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Compass Limited/Trailhawk keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The HR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Compass’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The HR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Compass has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The HR-V doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Compass’ standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The HR-V doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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

The Compass (except Sport) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The HR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Compass is less expensive to operate than the HR-V because it costs $299 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Compass than the HR-V, including $281 less for a starter, $23 less for fuel injection, $23 less for a fuel pump and $406 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Compass outsold the Honda HR-V by 45% during 2019.

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