2020 Jeep Compass vs. 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

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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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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

Both the Compass and the Crosstrek 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 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 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Jeep Compass is safer than the Subaru Crosstrek:

Compass

Crosstrek

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

38 lbs.

42 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

36%

44.6%

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 Jeep Compass is safer than the Subaru Crosstrek:

Compass

Crosstrek

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

102

138

Abdominal Force

134 G’s

196 G’s

Hip Force

335 lbs.

346 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

303

Spine Acceleration

56 G’s

58 G’s

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

Warranty

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

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 28 more horsepower (180 vs. 152) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 145) than the Crosstrek’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Compass is faster than the Subaru Crosstrek (automatics tested):

Compass

Crosstrek

Zero to 30 MPH

3.6 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.8 sec

10.2 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Compass 4x4 Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstrek Manual (22 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Compass’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Crosstrek:

Compass

Crosstrek

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

10.95 inches

10.8 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 Crosstrek (235/45R19 vs. 225/60R17).

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 Crosstrek Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Compass Limited 4x4 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Crosstrek’s largest wheels are only 18-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 Crosstrek; 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 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Passenger Space

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The Compass has .5 inches more rear headroom and 1.8 inches more rear legroom than the Crosstrek.

Cargo Capacity

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The Compass has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek with its rear seat up (27.2 vs. 20.8 cubic feet). The Compass has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek with its rear seat folded (59.8 vs. 55.3 cubic feet).

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

Compass

Crosstrek

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

32.4”/65.7”

32.3”/64.2”

Max Width

53.8”

53”

Min Width

38.1”

43”

Height

29.6”

30”

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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Subaru Crosstrek is limited to 1500 pounds. The Compass 4x4 offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The engine computer on the Compass automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Crosstrek’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Compass’ power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Crosstrek has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

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 Crosstrek’s power window (except driver window) switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Compass’ optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Crosstrek’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Compass’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Crosstrek Premium/Limited.

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 Crosstrek 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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Compass and the Crosstrek 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 Crosstrek 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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Compass is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Compass is less expensive to operate than the Crosstrek because it costs $563 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Compass than the Crosstrek, including $32 less for a water pump, $184 less for a starter, $108 less for fuel injection, $17 less for front struts, $67 less for a timing belt/chain and $83 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Compass outsold the Subaru Crosstrek by 10% during 2019.

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