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Crossovers are becoming more popular these days due to their practicality and how easy they are to drive. If these are essential features, then the 2021 Jeep Compass and the 2021 Ford Escape are two worthy options, starting at around $24,000 MSRP.
When talking engines, the Jeep Compass has a single option, a naturally aspirated 2.4L I4 with 184 hp and 179lb*ft of torque, regardless of trim or drivetrain. Its magic is being naturally aspirated in a world of turbochargers and hybrid systems. As such, being a simpler engine means that it’s also potentially more reliable. If you change the engine oil more often and only use quality oil, you can expect to reach many miles with it. This engine offers either a six-speed automatic or a nine-speed automatic, in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. On the other side of the spectrum, the Ford Escape 2021 has three options. As standard, it comes with a turbocharged 1.5L I4 with 181 hp and 185 lb*ft of torque. There’s also a turbocharged 2.0L I4 on the highest trim with 245 hp and 275 lb*ft of torque, and a hybrid powertrain with a naturally aspirated 2.5L I4. The regular Escapes are linked to an eight-speed automatic, while the hybrid is linked to a CVT.
On the other hand, the Ford Explorer has fewer options. The base model comes with a turbocharged 2.3L I4 with 300 hp and 310 lb*ft of torque. The other options are either a turbocharged 3.0L V6 with 365/400 hp and 380/415 lb*ft of torque (depends on trim) or a hybrid powertrain, which uses a 3.3L V6 with a combined 318 hp and 322 lb*ft of torque. These are coupled to a 10-speed automatic, regardless of trim, in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Also, note that the turbocharged engines’ power figures are tested while running on premium gasoline, as regular gasoline will lower the numbers a little.
As far as the interior is concerned, the 2021 Jeep Compass has plenty of customization and a lot of features. It comes with an infotainment system capable of Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth as standard. On top of this, you can get a lot of safety features (automatic high-beam control, lane departure, parking sensors, blind-spot monitors, etc.), comfort features, and more.
Owners are pleased with their purchase, enjoying the real gas mileage, comfort, and how easy it is to drive.
As such, if you are looking for a small, fun to drive, economical, and potentially reliable little crossover, then the 2021 Jeep Compass is a very decent choice. Not having to deal with potential turbocharger failures in the future or hybrid repairs is an excellent safety, which the 2021 Ford Escape sadly doesn’t offer you. Come in and test drive the all-new 2021 Jeep Compass at York CDJR of Plainfield, IN, where “We’re not #1, you are!”
* Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes taxes, license, registration/title, optional or regionally required equipment and destination charge. Dealers set own prices. ** Based on EPA ratings. Use for comparison only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition (for hybrid vehicles) and other factors. The contents of this report are from reliable sources, but are not warranted or guaranteed in any way. You are advised to check with each manufacturer or its representatives as the final authority on its products. Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA has introduced tougher tests and rigorous new 5-Star Safety Ratings that provide more information about vehicle safety and crash avoidance technologies. Because of the more stringent tests, ratings for 2011 and newer vehicles should not be compared to ratings for 1990-2010 models. Overall vehicle score and frontal crash ratings should ONLY be compared to other vehicles of similar size and weight. For more information go to www.safercar.gov