2019 Jeep Compass

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2019 Kia Sportage


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Features & Specs

2019 Jeep Compass

2019 Kia Sportage

Base MSRP

$21,095

$23,750

Powertrain

2.4-liter 4-cylinder

2.4-liter 4-cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD / AWD

FWD / AWD

Efficiency

23 / 32 mpg

23 / 30 mpg

Max Towing

2,000 lbs

2,000 lbs




2019 Jeep Compass vs 2019 Kia Sportage near Troy, MI

On the surface, these two might seem fairly similar.  Both the 2019 Jeep Compass and the 2019 Kia Sportage have similar four-cylinder engines producing nigh exact power.  Both are classed as compact SUVs, and offer similar amounts of spaciousness within.  But the details are where these vehicles form their unique character and performances, and you definitely don't want to mistake one for the other if you're looking for a particular skills set to support your daily lifestyle and driving.

2019 Jeep Compass Power & Handling

Powering every Jeep Compass, whether configured for front- or all-wheel drive, is a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 four-cylinder engine that generates 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.  Specialization comes in part from which transmission you select.  When front-wheel drive, the base Sport comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission while other trims are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.  All-wheel drive shakes things up a bit, with the six-speed manual being standard within the base Sport and next level Latitude.  Others, including the off-road specialized Trailhawk and top tier Limited, comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission instead to maximize low- and high-gear torque indexes.  In all-wheel drive vehicles, as well, this nine-speed is an optional upgrade within the first two should you wish to meld affordability with the ease of an automatic.  Whether front- or all-wheel drive, the Compass can tow up to 2,000 pounds.  All of Jeep's all-wheel drive vehicles are equipped with its traction management Selec-Terrain system that better adjusts handling to suit sand, snow, or mud terrains, as well as better tuned sport performance and the Trailhawk-exclusive Rock Mode for supreme off-roading.  If you're looking for the best adventure vehicle that's ready for any journey, there's no other vehicle that can compare to Jeep's Trail Rated Trailhawk series.  Within the Compass, this trim's performance is perfectly tailored to get you anywhere thanks to a higher off-road suspension, sharper handling, and greater ground clearance--up to 19 inches water fording and clearing breakover angles of 24 degrees!


2019 Kia Sportage Power & Handling

The Kia comes with two engine options, one exclusive to the top tier SX Turbo.  The base and midtier models are equipped with the comparable 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine that generates one more horsepower than the Compass and the same amount of torque.  All trims come standard with front-wheel drive, offering all-wheel drive as an option.  All models come equipped only with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, and again, no matter drivetrain, the Kia can tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.  As mentioned above, though the Kia has the same engine and power output, it fails in terms of efficiency.  This is even worse when selecting an all-wheel drive vehicle.  While the Compass only loses one mpg per city/highway when AWD, the Kia lowers to 21/25 mpg.  This is because of a heavier curb weight compared to the Compass, making the Kia less economic.  There's no improvement when you look to the top tier turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.  While this engine might put out a sportier and more responsive 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, its fuel efficiency takes a header to only output 21/26 mpg FWD or 20/23 mpg AWD.  Its build attempts to balance this with a gas tank that has two more gallons compared to the Compass'.

2019 Jeep Compass Features & Design

Remodeled just in 2017, the new Compass style has been inspired by the big personality and luxury of its larger sibling, the Grand Cherokee.  This brings some modern, sleek, and sophisticated design to the interior and exterior of the Compass.  While it primarily looks like a mini Grand Cherokee, the Compass wields the very unique detail of having an attractive and edgy floating black roof paint job on most of its trims.  Looks can be personalized with chrome, black-out, or grey detailing.  Many offer standard roof rails should the interior space not be enough for longer gear.  Otherwise, the 27 cu.ft trunk can handle a load of stuff, all the more when the 60/40 rear seat is folded to provide you with 60 cu.ft of total cargo volume.  The Compass seats a total of five with comparable 40-inch headroom and legroom to the Sportage.  What you won't find in the Sportage is the Compass' universal dual-zone automatic climate control, 7-inch radio touchscreen inlay, and Apple/Andoid wireless syncing.  Functionality and convenience is maxed with standard 115-volt house outlet, two 12-volt car outlets, and a push button start.    Just one trim up gives you a great leap of convenience with automatic headlights, cornering headlights, powered seats and liftgate, navigation, and bonus safety systems like blind-spot monitoring and rear sensing cross-traffic alerts.


2019 Kia Sportage Features & Design

For all its three additional inches of length, the Kia's looks come off slightly stubby because of its big, high-placed headlights, lowered hood, and curtly rounded rear design.  This does afford it a slightly better trunk space, providing 30 cu.ft standard but the same 60 cu.ft expanded via the same 60/40 folding rear seat.  You'll be just as comfortable within the Kia as in the Compass because of its similar passenger measurements both front and back.  In the front, the base LX comes with a standard five-inch radio touchscreen with only optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  Bluetooth is standard, as is cruise control--same as the Compass.  There's just one 12-volt outlet provided throughout the trims of the Sportage, and only single-zone climate controls.  Available features upgrade fairly comparably to the Compass, with roof rails, powered tailgate, automatic and cornering headlights, navigation on a larger touchscreen, and driver assist features, but there's none that can compare to the Trailhawk's mix of superior performance and high class features. 

Conclusions

The devil's in the details, as they say, and when taking a closer look at these similar vehicles the 2019 Compass clearly stands out.  Its greater availability of standard features well accommodates the modern needs of a driver on today's roadways compared to the Kia that seems to still remain in the past.  There's nothing like a Jeep's handling, either, even if you don't pick the superior Trailhawk.  The Compass' Selec-Terrain Traction Management system is one of a kind in the industry, well suiting various road conditions to ensure you can get through any weather or terrain.  Dependable and reliable when you most need, luxurious and technological, the 2019 Compass trumps this competition!  Below you can find more information about the Compass' features, as well as the other Jeep vehicles in its luxury trifecta.

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