Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Escape VS 2016 Jeep Compass Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2016 Ford Escape

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2016 Jeep Compass

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Compass doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Escape Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Compass doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Escape has standard SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Compass doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Escape and the Compass have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available daytime running lights and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Jeep Compass:




4 Stars

3 Stars



4 Stars

3 Stars




Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

832/1159 lbs.



4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.9 inches

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

325 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

453/192 lbs.

741/541 lbs.

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Jeep Compass:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

96 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

369 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

18 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

741 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Escape’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Compass runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 38 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Escape’s reliability will be 46% better than the Compass.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape first among compact SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Compass isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 24th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Compass:



Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.6L EcoBoost 4 cyl.

178 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.0L EcoBoost 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Compass 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

158 HP

141 lbs.-ft.

Compass 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

172 HP

165 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Escape EcoBoost is faster than the Jeep Compass 2.4 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Escape 1.6

Escape 2.0


Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

2.2 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.1 sec

7 sec

9.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.9 sec

7.5 sec

10 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

6.5 sec

4.8 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

15.3 sec

17.4 sec

Top Speed

117 MPH

118 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape gets better fuel mileage than the Compass:





23 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual


23 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual


2.5 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/31 hwy

22 city/26 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

1.6 EcoBoost/Auto

23 city/32 hwy

22 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 EcoBoost/Auto

22 city/30 hwy




22 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual

1.6 EcoBoost/Auto

22 city/29 hwy

20 city/26 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 EcoBoost/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

20 city/23 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto Freedom II

The Escape has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Compass 4WD’s standard fuel tank (15.5 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Escape has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Compass FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.5 vs. 13.6 gallons).

The Escape 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 Compass doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


Escape ECOBoost


Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

11 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors



10.3 inches

The Ford Escape has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Compass. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Escape stops much shorter than the Compass:



70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

195 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

170 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Compass (235/55R17 vs. 205/70R16). The Escape’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Compass (235/55R17 vs. 225/60R17).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Compass’ standard 70 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Compass Latitude’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Compass. The Escape’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Compass Latitude.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape 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 Compass doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Escape’s 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 Compass doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Compass (105.9 inches vs. 103.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escape is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Compass.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Compass 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

For excellent aerodynamics, the Escape has standard flush composite headlights. The Compass has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Compass doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Escape Titanium AWD is quieter than the Compass 4x4:



At idle

39 dB

41 dB


76 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

78 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 2.5 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Compass.

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.1 inches lower than the Compass (16.8” vs. 17.9”). The Escape’s rear step up height is 1 inches lower than the Compass’ (17.5” vs. 18.5”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Compass with its rear seat up (34.3 vs. 22.7 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Compass with its rear seat folded (67.8 vs. 53.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Compass’ liftover is 30.5 inches.

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



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Escape also (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The Compass doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Escape has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Compass doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When three different drivers share the Escape Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Compass doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Compass’ power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Compass doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access standard on the Escape Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Jeep Compass doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Compass’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Compass only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Escape SE/Titanium has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Compass doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Escape (except S)’s 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 Compass doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Escape and the Compass offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Compass doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Escape allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, tagging songs to buy them later, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Compass doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Compass doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Compass because it costs $459 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Compass, including $44 less for a water pump, $249 less for an alternator, $7 less for front brake pads, $167 less for a starter, $16 less for fuel injection, $61 less for front struts and $47 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Car Book “Best Bet”



Kiplinger’s Award



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