The Escape (except S) offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The new Compass doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The new Compass doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Escape and the new Compass have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
There are over 31 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The new Compass isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.
The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 65 more horsepower (245 vs. 180) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 175) than the new Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.
The Escape has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the new Compass (15.7 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the Escape EcoBoost’s brake rotors are larger than those on the new Compass:
For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the new Compass (235/55R17 vs. 215/65R16).
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 new Compass Sport’s standard 65 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the new Compass Sport.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the new Compass (105.9 inches vs. 103.8 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escape is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the new Compass.
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 new Compass doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Escape has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the new Compass.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The new Compass’ rear seats don’t recline.
The front step up height for the Escape is 2.6 inches lower than the new Compass (16.8” vs. 19.4”).
The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the new Compass with its rear seat up (34 vs. 27.2 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the new Compass with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 59.8 cubic feet).
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The new Compass doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
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 new Compass doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The new Compass doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The new Compass’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
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 new Compass doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost Uconnect Access can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.
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 new Compass’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The Escape has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The new Compass has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited.
Both the Escape and the new 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 new Compass doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The new Compass doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
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 new Compass doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Escape, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Ford Escape outsold the Jeep new Compass by over three to one during the 2016 model year.