Comparison: 2018 Jeep Compass vs 2018 Hyundai Tucson

Comparison: 2018 Jeep Compass vs 2018 Hyundai Tucson

If you’re in the greater Boston area and need a compact SUV that can handle New England winters as easily as it can traverse the sandy terrain of Cape Cod or mountainous roads of the Berkshires, then you’re going to love the new Jeep Compass.

But how does the 2018 Jeep Compass compare to competitors like the 2018 Hyundai Tucson? We’ll break it down for you below in our one-to-one comparison.

Read on, then visit us in Newton to get the full Jeep experience.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Jeep Compass

The 2018 Compass is equipped with a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine that makes 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. All trims – including the Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited – are available as 4X4 models, while all except the Trailhawk are standard with front-wheel drive. Base models feature a 6-speed manual transmission, but there’s also the option for a 6-speed Aisin (FWD only) or 9-speed automatic transmission (4X4 only).

All 4X4 models come with the Selec-Terrain management system so you can optimize your drive for snow, sand, mud, and – exclusively on the Trailhawk – rock. The Trailhawk also has the 4X4 Trail Rated badge, so it’s been tested for traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording. With 8.5 inches of ground clearance and Active Drive Low, the Compass Trailhawk is your new favorite travel buddy. Plus, the Compass can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

For a fully capable SUV, the Compass gets excellent fuel economy. Front-wheel drive models get up to 23 MPG city and 32 MPG highway, while AWD variants get up to 22 MPG city and 31 MPG highway.

Hyundai Tucson

The 2018 Tucson has two engine options: a 2.0-liter inline-4 that makes 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, and a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 that produces 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Both versions come standard with front-wheel drive and optional with all-wheel drive. Standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic, while upper trims feature a 7-speed EcoShift dual clutch transmission.

The Hyundai Tucson does not come available with a terrain management system, but does come with Drive Mode Select with Normal, Sport, and Eco modes. The Tucson hasn’t been Trail Rated and none of its trims – which include SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Value, and Limited – are designed specifically for recreation or off-roading. It has a ground clearance of 6.4 inches and can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

Fuel economy on the 2018 Tucson’s base engine with FWD is 23 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, while AWD models get 21 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. The turbo engine with FWD gets 25 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, and the AWD version gets 24 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

The Tucson can’t beat or even match the Compass in power, fuel economy, or pricing, so the choice seems clear. When you’re ready, we’d love to see you in Newton to test drive a new Compass.


Jeep Compass

Starting at $20,995 MSRP

Hyundai Tucson

Starting at $22,550 MSRP

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