2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Jeep Compass Comparison in Shingle Springs, CA

When the Subaru Crosstrek is mentioned, most people think of the durability and ruggedness of this compact crossover with its standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, horizontally opposed BOXER® engine, and extra ground clearance. When you hear the name Jeep Compass, most people would think the same thing: a fierce, off-roading vehicle that can take you anyplace. But did you know that the Crosstrek has a higher ground clearance than the Compass, which means more adventures are within your reach behind the wheel of a Subaru? Learn more about these two exciting crossover SUVs below then head to Shingle Springs Subaru for a test drive.

Subaru Crosstrek utility specs

Crosstrek vs Compass: Design & Utility

Right out the gate, the 2021 Crosstrek has an edge over the Compass. The entry-level Crosstrek offers 17" aluminum-alloy wheels that announce to the world that this crossover was built for toughness from the ground up. Roof rails are standard on the base model of the Crosstrek but this amenity on the Compass will cost you over $4,000 more to reach the trim level where they're standard. While the Crosstrek and the Compass are similar in size, you get more front and rear headroom plus more overall passenger volume inside the Crosstrek.


Subaru Crosstrek interior features

Crosstrek vs Compass: Interior Features

Both the Crosstrek and the Compass offer standard six-way manually-adjustable driver's seats, an optional heated steering wheel, and leather-trimmed upholstery standard on the top trim levels, but that's where the similarities stop. You can upgrade the Crosstrek to a power driver's seat, whereas even on the top trim level of the Compass, you still have to adjust your seat manually. Heated front seats are standard starting on the second Crosstrek trim level, but to get them on the Compass, you have to pay more for this amenity.

Intuitive multimedia systems with touchscreen displays are standard in both crossovers, as are Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability. You also get a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot as an available option in both vehicles as well as premium audio upgrades.

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Subaru Crosstrek performance specs

Crosstrek vs Compass: Performance & Capability

One would expect a Jeep to have four-wheel drive across the board but the 2021 Compass starts off with front-wheel drive. You have the option to add four-wheel drive to any trim level but it will cost $1,500 extra. Conversely, the 2021 Crosstrek comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive so you get a smoother, more controlled drive whether you're travelling city streets in inclement weather or blazing your own trail down a bumpy dirt road. Only the Crosstrek offers you the option of a manual transmission, allowing you to take the power into your own hands, while the Compass only delivers an automatic transmission.


Subaru Crosstrek safety features

Crosstrek vs Compass: Safety

You can always count on Subaru to get you from point A to point B securely and the awards prove it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Crosstrek a crash safety test rating of five stars and was named a 2021 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2021 Compass only received four stars from the NHTSA and was bypassed for an award by the IIHS, mainly due to their headlights. While the Crosstrek offers available LED Steering Responsive Headlights and LED fog lights, the compass only has halogen headlamps.


Subaru Crosstrek driver assist technology specs

Crosstrek vs Compass: Driver Assistance

While both the Compass and the Crosstrek offer a large suite of available driver assist features for extra peace of mind, only the Crosstrek offers the available EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This collection includes Pre-Collision Management, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and much more. Blind Spot Detection is available in both crossovers but the innovative Reverse Automatic Braking feature is exclusive to the Crosstrek. This will engage the brakes if the system detects a potential collision while the vehicle in in reverse.

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Learn More At Shingle Springs Subaru and Get the Best Value For Your Money

With a starting MSRP of just $22,245, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek already costs thousands less than the Jeep Compass when equipped with four-wheel drive. Not only does the Crosstrek offer standard all-wheel drive but it boasts lauded safety features, better gas mileage, and durability that you've come to expect from Subaru. Come take a test drive to see why we think the Crosstrek is the perfect crossover for life in Shingle Springs. While you're here, don't forget to ask about our exciting deals on a new Subaru.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Jeep Compass
$22,245Starting MSRP*$23,915
Symmetrical All-Wheel DriveStandard DrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive (4WD Available)
StandardRoof RailsAvailable
StandardManual TransmissionNot Available
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 - 28 City (MPG)Fuel Economy (Automatic Transmission)31 Highway - 22 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.