2020 Jeep Compass vs. 2020 Mazda CX-5

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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 CX-5 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Compass Trailhawk’s standard Hill-descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The CX-5 doesn’t offer Hill-descent Control.

Compared to metal, the Compass’ plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-5 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Compass and the CX-5 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, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Mazda CX-5:

Compass

CX-5

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

208

Spine Acceleration

56 G’s

65 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

HIC

355

449

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

Warranty

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There are over 4 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Compass’ warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Compass has a standard 160-amp alternator. The CX-5’s standard 100-amp alternator and largest (GT Reserve/Signature) 150-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

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 CX-5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Compass uses regular unleaded gasoline. The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 CX-5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Compass offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

A nine-speed automatic is optional on the Jeep Compass 4x4, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the CX-5.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Compass’ standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-5:

Compass

CX-5

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

The Compass stops shorter than the CX-5:

Compass

CX-5

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

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 CX-5 (235/45R19 vs. 225/65R17).

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 CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s 55 series tires.

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 CX-5; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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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 CX-5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Compass Trailhawk’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the CX-5’s (35.3 feet vs. 36 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Compass has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-5 (8.2 vs. 7.5 inches), allowing the Compass to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Compass Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 1 inch higher than on the CX-5 (8.5 vs. 7.5 inches).

Chassis

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The Jeep Compass may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the Mazda CX-5.

The Compass is 6.1 inches shorter than the CX-5, making the Compass easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Compass has .8 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Compass and the CX-5 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 CX-5 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Compass’ power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The CX-5’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Compass’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda only offers heated mirrors on the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature.

The Compass has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature.

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 CX-5 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 CX-5 because it costs $263 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Compass than the CX-5, including $8 less for a muffler, $17 less for a starter, $233 less for fuel injection and $243 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Compass will be $1362 to $3563 less than for the Mazda CX-5.

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