Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Escape VS 2018 Jeep Compass Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2018 Ford Escape

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2018 Jeep Compass

Safety Comparison

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 Compass doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Escape SE/SEL/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 Compass doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape and the 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Escape’s reliability 25 points higher than the Compass.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact SUVs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Compass isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 65 more horsepower (245 vs. 180) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 175) than the Compass’ 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Compass (automatics tested):

 

Escape

Compass

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

9.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.5 MPH

82 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Escape has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Compass (15.7 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Escape

Compass

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

10.95 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the Compass:

 

Escape

Compass

 

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the 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 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 Compass Sport.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the 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 Compass.

Chassis Comparison

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.

Passenger Space Comparison

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, 3.2 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Compass.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape’s rear seats recline. The Compass’ rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Escape is 2.6 inches lower than the Compass (16.8” vs. 19.4”). The Escape’s rear step up height is 3.2 inches lower than the Compass’ (17.5” vs. 20.7”).

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 vs. 27.2 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Compass with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 59.8 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 31.1 inches.

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

 

Escape

Compass

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.6”/67”

32.4”/65.7”

Max Width

45.6”

53.8”

Min Width

40.4”

38.1”

Height

34.5”

29.6”

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 Compass doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Escape (except S), the optional 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 (except S)’s optional 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 Compass doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Compass’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to 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/SEL/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The 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 Compass’ standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Escape’s standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

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’ 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 Compass has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited.

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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape SE/SEL/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 Compass doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Escape Titanium’s 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.

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Escape

Compass

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

The Ford Escape outsold the Jeep Compass by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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