2018 Jeep Compass vs. 2018 Honda CR-V

 

Introduction

While the Jeep brand has long been synonymous with SUVs, Jeeps are perhaps primarily known as off-road vehicles. With the SUV finding growing popularity on the roads as well as off them, many compact crossover SUVs have flooded the market designed for "on the road" consumers who may want the versatility of an SUV for their daily commute, taking the kids to school, or hauling supplies back from the hardware store. The 2018 Honda CR-V is one of the many crossover SUVs competing with Jeep for the SUV crown. Unfortunately for the competition, Jeep has released the 2018 Jeep Compass, an affordable and comfortable compact SUV that is still immediately recognizable as a Jeep and just as comfortable off the road as on it.

Price

Designed to appeal to the more casual SUV consumer while still offering everything that makes a Jeep a Jeep, the 2018 Jeep Compass is one of Jeep's most affordable SUVs, with an MSRP that starts at around $20,995. Compare that to the Honda CR-V, which has a starting MSRP of $24,150. Obviously, the 2014 Jeep Compass is a better buy for the price. And of course, higher trim levels are always available, including the Limited, Latitude, Sport, and Trailhawk, for those who want a little more off-road power in their compact SUV. Be sure to check your local Jeep dealer in Kansas City, MO for more info on models and pricing!

Styling & Options

Consider the 2018 Jeep Compass a Jeep Grand Cherokee-lite, if you must. While that certainly isn't an insult, the Compass has enough design innovations of its own to stand out among the legendary Jeep lineup, even while also capturing that unmistakable Jeep quality. Unfortunately, the 2018 Honda CR-V didn't receive a lot of design upgrades for the new model year, so what you see when you look at a new CR-V is a lot like what you would have seen when you looked last year. Compare that to the aerodynamic profile of the 2018 Jeep Compass and the fact that the Compass has trim packages that make it as capable of going off-road as it is of running down to the store, and you can see why the Jeep Compass is the compact SUV to pick.

Performance

The 2018 Honda CR-V offers quick acceleration and can muster slightly more horsepower with its standard engine than the 2018 Jeep Compass (184 horsepower to the Jeep's 180), but that's where comparisons grind to a halt. Powered by a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, the 2018 Jeep Compass features an auto stop-start system standard that helps increase fuel economy. With a smaller turning radius than the 2018 Honda CR-V and four-wheel drive options available, the 2018 Jeep Compass is maneuverable and versatile, whether you're heading off the trail or just heading out to pick the kids up from soccer practice!

Use of Space

There's a reason Jeep is the most trusted SUV brand on the market. Jeep has been designing SUVs for decades, which means this company knows how to use cargo space to its best advantage. You can see this for yourself in the 2018 Jeep Compass, which has 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats or 59.8 cubic feet with the seats folded down. Of course, cargo space is a must in even a compact SUV, and the 2018 Honda CR-V is no slouch either. In fact, expansive cargo space is one of its better features. However, you're going to pay a premium for that extra space in the CR-V, and you won't be getting the experience that comes with the Jeep brand.

Comfort

Jeeps are known for being rugged, but that doesn't mean that your ride has to be. Modern Jeeps offer all the comfort and amenities that you've come to expect from high-end SUVs without sacrificing one jot of the rough-and-ready performance that has been a hallmark of the Jeep line. The 2018 Jeep Compass has made big strides when it comes to improving cabin comfort, with plenty of head- and legroom even for back-seat passengers and Uconnect infotainment systems with screens ranging from 5 to 8.4 inches. The 2018 Honda CR-V, by comparison, suffers from a less premium interior, excessive wind and tire noise, and an infotainment system that could use improvement, according to auto industry reviews.

Gas Mileage

As drivers get used to modern, compact crossover SUVs, the fuel hogs of yesteryear are no longer acceptable, and both the 2018 Jeep Compass and the 2018 Honda CR-V get decent gas mileage, especially on the highway, though that will drop a bit when you're just driving around town. EPA estimates for the Compass top out at around 32 highway miles per gallon, while the Honda CR-V gets around 29 miles per gallon combined city and highway with its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.

Safety and Security

Jeeps are built tough, so it should come as no surprise that the 2018 Jeep Compass received a 4-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Association. Besides its solid frame construction, the 2018 Jeep Compass protects driver and passengers with seven standard airbags, forming one of the most advanced airbag systems of its kind. The 2018 Compass is also equipped with a variety of available active safety features, including Electronic Stability Control, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keeping Assist, and Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, to name a few. The 2018 Honda CR-V doesn't slack off in the safety department either, and it comes highly rated in terms of overall safety and front crash prevention, though you can't get some of the Jeep-exclusive features that are available on the Compass.

Summary

We've got to admit that the 2018 Honda CR-V put up a good fight, but there's a reason the Jeep brand is synonymous with SUVs. When it comes to a compact crossover SUV, there's just no beating the 2018 Jeep Compass, in our opinion. The Compass wins in price, in style, in comfort, and of course in performance both on and off the road, making it a much wiser choice than the Honda CR-V.

You can see for yourself when you test drive a 2018 Jeep Compass at Stateline Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, serving Kansas City, MO, Lee's Summit, Odessa, and Independence!

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