Jeep Compass & Renegade vs Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape & Toyota Rav4

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See how the Jeep Compass and the Jeep Renegade Dominate the Competition


At Lucas Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, we know you have a lot of options when shopping for a compact SUV crossover. It seems as if every carmaker on the market has a subcompact option they call an SUV these days.

But, we also know that only Jeep makes the subcompact SUV style you want, with the actual performance capability SUVs were designed for. There are plenty of car-based crossovers, but only Jeep makes them with off-road driving ability.

The Jeep Compass and the Jeep Renegade

There are actually two options available for drivers in the Cherry Hill and Fort Dix area who are seeking a small, all-wheel drive capable, Jeep SUV. The Jeep Compass, which recently underwent a major overhaul and update, and the Jeep Renegade.

Both Jeep models are stylish and sporty-looking, with four doors and seating for five. The Renegade is considered a subcompact, as the tiniest Jeep SUV available, while the Compass is a compact SUV, coming in second in the Jeep lineup, size-wise.

The Jeep Compass is a great option for small families or young professionals. After receiving an updated style, stronger chassis, and revised engine power a couple model years ago, the Compass has quickly amassed a loyal fan base, and it's giving similarly-sized SUVs a run for their money. Here are a few key things we think our Mt. Laurel customers will like about the new Jeep Compass:

  • There are four trim levels available for the Jeep Compass, including the Trailhawk, which is specifically tuned for off-road adventures.
  • The Jeep Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower.
  • There are three possible transmissions available, dependent on which trim you choose.

The Jeep Renegade has a retro Jeep appearance that brings back memories of old Jeep models from decades ago. Small in size, the Renegade is big on personality. It has the traditional vertical slot front grille and round headlights of the original Jeep models, and several important elements of note, including:

  • Like the Jeep Compass, the Renegade is also available in four trims, including the trail-rated Trailhawk with four-wheel drive.
  • The Jeep Renegade is equipped with your choice of two engines. The base option is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 160 horsepower, and the second one is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with an output rating of 180 horsepower.
  • All Jeep Renegade models with four-wheel drive also come with a selectable drive model system, to make traversing different terrain easier.

The Compass and the Renegade vs. Similar SUV Crossovers

As wonderful as both of these Jeep SUV crossovers are, we know it may not be the only one vying for your attention. The Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4, are popular competitors. But, in addition to not offering the all-terrain driving ability and off-road capability of the Jeep models, these crossovers come up short in a couple of other areas as well.

The Nissan Rogue

  • The Nissan Rogue doesn't give drivers the same choices for performance that the Jeep models do. Not only is there no manual transmission available for drivers who prefer to be in charge of their vehicle's shifting, there's also only one engine for all trims.
  • Both the Jeep Compass and the Jeep Renegade measure a little wider than the Nissan Rogue. This translates to more breathing room inside the vehicle for you and your passengers. More elbow room and hip room means everyone rides more comfortably in either the Jeep Compass or the Jeep Renegade.
  • While all three models are equipped similarly with standard features, only the Jeep SUVs allow you to add on additional features via packages, right at the base level. Amenities such as power-adjustable and heated mirrors can be added starting at the entry-level trim with special packages.



The Ford Escape

  • The Ford Escape has all-wheel drive available, for drivers who want it. But, it's only available on the upper trim levels. Drivers who opt for an entry-level Ford Escape are only able to get front-wheel drive, with no other options. Comparatively, every single model in both Jeep lineups have all-wheel drive available.
  • The Ford Escape doesn't get as good fuel economy as either Jeep. The Escape averages around 24mpg combined, while both the Jeep Renegade and the Jeep Compass earn an average rating of 26 mpg combined.
  • The Jeep Renegade and the Jeep Compass are also bigger than the Ford Escape in a couple of ways. This means the Jeep SUVs offer up more headroom, and more elbow room, for you and your passengers.

The Toyota RAV4

  • The Toyota RAV4 has a shorter ground clearance than both the Jeep Compass and the Jeep Renegade. This, in addition to the trail-specific tuning of the Jeep models, means you can navigate bumpy roads, dirt tracks, and potholes, better in the Jeep SUVs than the Toyota RAV4.
  • Both the Jeep Renegade and the Jeep Compass are wider than the Toyota RAV4, meaning they give you more space. Your passengers in both the front and backseats will thank you for the extra breathing room in a Jeep SUV.
  • The Toyota RAV4 is similarly equipped, and yet it's not as budget-friendly. With all that the Jeep models have to offer, and all that they can do for you, they are still the more affordable option when compared to a Toyota RAV4.


Shopping for a New Jeep Compass or Jeep Renegade in Lumberton, NJ

Now that you know a Jeep model crossover is the best choice around, the question becomes - which one are you going to choose? To try them both on for size, and see which one best suits your needs, stop by and visit us at Lucas Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Lumberton, NJ. We have a nice selection of both Jeep models and can set you up for test drives of your own. Let our sales team help you find the perfect Jeep crossover for you, your budget, and your lifestyle.

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