2017 Ford Escape vs 2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Ford Escape vs 2017 Jeep Compass
2017 Ford Escape S 2017 Jeep Compass Sport SE
  21 city / 29 hwy Fuel Economy (MPG)* 22 city / 26 hwy
   168 hp Horsepower 158 hp
  170 lbs.-ft. Torque 141 lbs.-ft.
  2.5L Inline 4 Base Engine 2.0L Inline 4
  43.1 inches Front Leg Room 40.6 inches

2017 Ford Escape vs 2017 Jeep Compass

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Driving the Escape is quite comfortable. The car turns easily and corners well. Even on bumpy roads the car is easy to keep under control. The Compass is better designed for off road, but requires effort to keep under control. Essentially, it rides more like a truck than a passenger car. The Escape is not a heavy off-road vehicle, but will do well in most situations. The tires on the Escape are larger than the Compass; this helps provide a better ride.


The Ford Escape features a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder incline engine while the Jeep Compass comes with a lower powered 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine. This difference in power provides the Compass with slightly better mileage than the Escape, but the Escape can tow twice the weight of the Compass. The gas tank for the Escape is slightly larger as well, 15.7 vs 13.6 gallons. The Escape travels more miles on a fill-up. The Compass comes with a 5-speed manual transmission, while the Escape comes with a six-speed automatic. The wheel base of the Escape is about 106 inches compared to two inches less for the compass.

Design & Features

The interior of the Compass has about one inch more leg room in the back seat than the Escape. However, in every other interior measurement such as head room and hip and shoulder width, the Escape has more room. The interior also has more storage space with the Escape offering 68 cubic feet versus 62 cubic feet for the Compass. The interior of both vehicles is cloth and carbon plastics, but the Escape has finishing details lacking in the Compass. The Escape comes with SYNC direction guidance and Blue Tooth connections as standard features. The Compass only provide Blue Tooth. Both vehicles seat five. The interior color on both cars is gray. The controls in the Escape are easier to reach when driving. The Compass requires the driver to do more reaching over to reach some controls.

The exterior of the Escape looks like a hatchback wagon. It comes with a foot operated hatchback. The Compass is clearly more “boxy” in appearance and does not have an automatic hatchback. Each vehicle comes in seven colors, but the Compass offers variations of the same shades. The Escape offers seven different choices. The sides of the Escape are more sculptured in appearance. The Escape is about 8 inches off the ground; the Jeep is higher at about 10 inches.


Both cars feature required safety airbags. Both have ABS brake systems, but the Escape stops in a shorter distance despite being a slightly heavier vehicle. Back up cameras come with the Escape. Crash results are not yet available, but last year's results show that the Escape performed better on side impacts.

Overall, most people will enjoy the Escape over the Compass. The Escape is designed to be a useful family or commute car. The Compass provides a less comfortable ride that is less powerful. Even with the cost difference, the Escape will leave purchasers more satisfied for their dollars. Take a look at the 2017 Escape at your local Ford dealer today.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.