2018 Jeep Compass vs. 2018 Ford Escape

2018 Jeep Compass

Compact SUVs have captured the imagination of car buyers across the globe over the past five years. As young consumers with increased spending power hunt for new cars, automakers have to keep up with the market demands by offering the latest design and tech on their popular models year on year. Here, we look at two of the best American car makers looking for a pie in the compact SUV segment with the 2018 Jeep Compass and the 2018 Ford Escape.

You can test drive the 2018 Jeep Compass for yourself at Landmark South Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram near the Missouri and Kansas state lines. We serve Jeep enthusiasts daily from Belton, Peculiar, and Stilwell.


The Compass is placed strategically in the center of Jeep's SUV lineup. It is smaller and cheaper than the Cherokee, while it's also bigger and more versatile than the Renegade. This can be the ideal spot for plenty of consumers. Compared to the previous model year, Jeep has made several improvements to the 2018 Compass. It is more comfortable and better to drive this time around and is fitted with the latest in-car tech and a user-friendly infotainment system.

The Ford Escape excels in some areas while falls short in others. Its four-cylinder turbo engine goes well with its tight suspension and smooth steering. This provides good ride quality. However, the engine is not as refined as the Compass. Of the three available engine options, the "fun" ride is only available in the top trim and it falls short when it comes to mileage.


The 2018 Jeep Compass is unchanged physically when compared to the previous model year. However, it is a little broader and shorter than the Ford Escape. Thus, getting in and out of the car is easier and you can easily park your vehicle in a crowded parking lot. The 2018 Jeep Compass is available in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk.

The 2018 Escape comes in S, SE, SEL, and Titanium trim levels. The S is a basic bare bones trim, hence most buyers will need to move to the SE trim, which will add more features to the vehicle but will also significantly increase the overall budget.


Jeep has paid special attention to making the Compass' interiors as exclusive as possible. The cabin is quiet even as the suspensions absorb bumps on the road. The cushions of the seats are firm. Despite the Compass being shorter than the Escape, there's plenty of headroom and legroom for tall passengers in both the rows. This is because squared-off doors at the rear provide more space to get in and out of the car.

There are no problems fitting comfortably into either the front or back seats, but the Ford Escape doesn't have a sense of spaciousness like the Compass. As for the visibility out of the front and the rear, it is only average. The Escape is definitely not as airy or as easy to see out of as its rival is.

The Jeep Compass has heated, leather-trimmed bucket seats as standard. The Ford Escape does offer leather-trimmed seats but they do not include a heat function. In addition, standard in the Compass are audio controls with steering wheel-mounted controls. These aren't standard on the Escape. Another exclusive feature in the Compass is Ambient LED Interior Lighting Plus, which offers gentle, calm lighting inside the cabin.

The Compass has 60/40 split rear seats that fall down flat along with an armrest bin and a glove box. The door pockets are large enough to store large stuff and there are plenty of cupholders at the front and back. As for the Escape, it does offer 68 cubic feet of cargo space but does not have the same pockets and holders as the Compass, which makes the latter more luxurious and exclusive.

Engine & Performance

Jeep has made several amendments to improve the performance of the Compass. The 2018 Compass is powered by a 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir 2 four-cylinder engine that churns out 180 horsepower of torque at 6400 rpm. It is mated to a 9-speed automatic and a 4x4 drivetrain. This helps the compact SUV drive well on the road and do well enough on off-road terrain. This is mainly because of its quick steering with brake inputs. It also has good chassis stiffness and suspension control to handle curves and off-roading.

Like the Compass, the Escape is also powered by an inline four-cylinder engine, a 1.5L, and an optional 2.0-liter. It generates 179 horsepower at 6000 rpm and it is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The transmission does respond quickly on most occasions; however, it does get caught flat-footed at times.

The Jeep Compass has a smaller turning radius than the Ford Escape, allowing you to maneuver easily in and out of tight spots. Most buyers will opt for the Compass with front-wheel drive, but then a Jeep vehicle is always known to handle off-road trails. Therefore, it is nice to have a Compass if you want to do some off-roading, just get down a muddy road, or climb out of a snowed-in parking lot!

Moreover, the Compass offers a mileage of 22 mpg in the city and up to 32 mpg on highways where the Escape has a fuel efficiency of 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on highways.


The 2018 Jeep Compass offers several more features than the 2018 Ford Escape - improved infotainment system, exclusive interiors, powerful engine, better mileage, and great off-roading capabilities. All this at a much cheaper rate compared to the Escape! Thus the Compass seems a more stylish and practical choice of the two.

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