Jeep Compass vs. Ford Escape
Jeep Compass
Ford Escape
At a Glance: Compass vs. Escape
Jeep Compass

Looking for an SUV that can handle any adventure, project, or errand you throw at it? Then you’re probably considering the Jeep Compass and the Ford Escape.

While both models offer impressive capability, customizable interior space, and advanced features, we at Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Hamilton know that one comes out on top.

Drivers near Hamilton, Madison, and Smyrna, NY should read on to learn more!



270 HP | 180 HP
Compass vs Escape


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Jeep Compass

When you’re looking at lists of available features for the Jeep Compass and the Ford Escape—like their available drivetrains and selectable drive modes—these SUVs may seem nearly identical. However, when you compare these features more closely, you’ll find the Compass brings the heat.


The available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System of the Compass is prepped with a handful of modes, including Snow, Sand, Mud, Rock, and more. There’s some overlap with the Escape’s available Selectable Drive Modes. However, you’ll have questionable traction in mud and on rocks, as the Escape’s system doesn’t offer those modes.

On top of this, you’ll also be working with an available Hill Descent Control system in the Jeep Compass. This system will let your vehicle automatically manage its speed when you’re driving downhill to prevent you from accelerating too quickly. Unfortunately, the Ford Escape doesn’t offer a similar feature, making it less fit for driving in hilly areas.

Pure Power

When it comes to power, you’ll find more with the base trim of the Jeep Compass than the Ford Escape. In fact, the Jeep comes standard with a 2.0L engine that offers 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the Ford Escape has a standard 1.5L engine. With this engine, you’ll only achieve 180 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque.

While you can upgrade to a 2.0L engine on the Escape, you’ll still only have up to 280 lb-ft of torque, falling behind the Compass.

Jeep Compass

Convenience is essential when it comes to exploration. Whether you’re driving to work alone or taking the kids and their friends to the movies, you can be sure you’ll have all the space you need in the cabins of these SUVs, plus features to help keep everyone safe.

Comfort and Convenience

Both the Compass and the Escape offer 60/40 split-folding rear seats to accommodate cargo items small and large.

To make it easier to drive through the rain or snow, the Compass also brings with it some impressive features that will help make your life easier when weather reduces visibility. This includes heated exterior mirrors to help prevent them from icing over.

Convenience In All Weather

In addition, the Jeep Compass is ready to take on any storm or weather with these features:

  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers that turn on and adjust automatically.
  • Windshield wiper de-icer that heats the bottom of the windshield to help clear the wipers of slush and ice.

The Ford Escape offers heated exterior mirrors but fails to offer as many weather-ready features as the Jeep Compass.

Jeep Compass

From trips to the mall to vacations out of town, you’ll be cruising all over the place in your Jeep or Ford. Whether you’re looking for navigation features or top-of-the-line audio, you’ll be impressed by the technology available with these models.

Interior Technology

When climbing into the Jeep Compass, you’ll have the option of being greeted with the standard 10.1-inch touchscreen display. Think of this wide, full-colored screen as your information hub where you can control all driving and media settings.

This screen is also where you’ll access the UConnect® 5 infotainment system. Here’s an explanation of exactly what you can do with this technology:

  • The UConnect® 5 is compatible with a variety of connective functions, including wireless Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and expanded Amazon Alexa.

Now, riders can play, share, and stream their content easily. The system also makes room to connect up to ten smartphones via Bluetooth® simultaneously. Downloading the available Uconnect® app allows drivers to use their smartphone to start their engine, lock or unlock their vehicle, or receive a safety notification.

Navigation Made Easy

The system also includes TomTom’s Traffic & Travel Services, giving drivers access to current traffic information needed for a smooth ride.

This infotainment system is your inside scoop to all aspects of your model and is where you can also receive safety/maintenance notifications. The Ford Escape offers its own version of infotainment; however, it does not offer TomTom’s Traffic services.

Choosing the Ultimate SUV
Jeep Compass

As you can see, there’s no real competition between the Jeep Compass and the Ford Escape because Jeep takes the cake when it comes to the compact SUV class. Don’t take our word for it, though! Come down to Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Hamilton and see for yourself when you experience it firsthand.

Drivers near Hamilton, Madison, and Smyrna, NY can schedule a test drive in the Jeep Compass today by getting in touch with our team.

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new Compass for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

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