2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Jeep Compass Comparison Information in Shingle Springs, CA

The Jeep Compass may be a fine crossover SUV, but if you really want to find your True North, there's nothing like the Subaru Crosstrek. The 2020 Crosstrek is the epitome of the crossover SUV segment, combining car-like performance with SUV-like capability in a way that's unmatched by most other crossovers. On this page, we'll take you through some key differences between the Subaru Crosstrek and the Jeep Compass. Once you've seen why Subaru is the better choice, check out our inventory at Shingle Springs Subaru.

Subaru Crosstrek with cargo on roof rails.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Jeep Compass: Design

The design philosophies behind these two crossovers are different, with the Subaru Crosstrek adopting a more car-like shape and the Jeep Compass retaining the blockiness of an SUV. Despite this, it's the Subaru Crosstrek that actually includes capable features like standard roof rails, which are an upgrade only on the Jeep Compass. You'll also get standard 17-inch alloy wheels on the Subaru Crosstrek, while the Jeep Compass starts off with 16-inch steel wheels. On the inside, the Subaru Crosstrek gives passengers over a cubic foot more room to stretch out.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Jeep Compass: Performance

When it comes to performance, the Subaru Crosstrek is perfect for both on-road driving and off-road adventures. For the daily commute, the Crosstrek gets better gas mileage than the Jeep Compass: up to 27 miles per gallon in the city with automatic transmission, compared to the 23 you'll get in the Jeep Compass. But it's also fit for life outside the box. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek has standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. When paired with the standard 8.7 inches of ground clearance, this makes it capable of exploring areas that would turn other crossover SUVs back. The Jeep Compass, by comparison, has just 7.8 inches of ground clearance, and it comes standard with front-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is a costly upgrade. The Crosstrek also offers available off-road features you won't find in the Jeep Compass, including Hill Descent Control and the proprietary X-MODE®, a feature that further improves AWD traction.


Subaru Crosstrek parked in front of a building

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Jeep Compass: Safety Ratings

Your safety is a top priority, and Subaru takes it seriously. The experts agree! The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek earned the 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2020 Jeep Compass didn't fare nearly so well. Not only did it not receive any IIHS awards at all, but NHTSA only gave it a four-star overall safety rating.


Subaru Crosstrek driving

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Jeep Compass: Driver Assistance Technology

EyeSight® driver assistance technology has been shown to reduce rear-end collisions with injuries by up to 85%, and it's available on even the entry-level Subaru Crosstrek. Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure and sway warning features work together to keep your Subaru where it needs to be, while the pre-collision braking can help mitigate the effects of crashes--or even avoid them altogether! While the Jeep Compass offers many of the same features, they're not available on the entry-level model.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Jeep Compass: Value

Though the starting price of these two vehicles is similar, the Subaru Crosstrek does have a slightly lower starting MSRP. Of course, this price only applies to the front-wheel drive Jeep Compass. Choose four-wheel drive Jeep Compass and the price difference grows greatly. In fact, you could upgrade to the next Subaru Crosstrek trim level for less than the entry-level Jeep Compass with four-wheel drive. Choosing this Crosstrek would get you features like fog lights, a retractable/removable cargo-area cover, 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability, and more.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek2020 Jeep Compass
$22,145Starting MSRP*$22,280
Symmetrical All-Wheel DriveStandard DrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive (4WD Available)
StandardRoof RailsAvailable
8.7 InchesGround Clearance7.8 Inches
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space99.6 Cubic Feet
1,500 lbsStandard Towing CapacityNot Recommended for FWD
17" AlloyStandard Wheels16" Steel
5 StarsNHTSA Overall Safety Rating4 Stars
33 Highway - 27 City (MPG)Fuel Economy (Automatic Transmission)32 Highway - 23 City (MPG)
Available FeatureReverse Automatic BrakingNot Available

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.