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Though not the most popular, the 2023 Dodge Hornet is a generally well-respected SUV. However, buyers should also consider the Jeep Compass 2023. Not only are they similarly priced, but the Compass beats the Dodge Hornet in more ways than one. 

Here’s why the new Jeep Compass is a better choice than the new Dodge Hornet. 

The Jeep Compass 2023 performs similarly to the new Dodge Hornet

2023 Dodge Hornet parked on a street

2023 Dodge Hornet | Dodge

The 2023 Jeep Compass has much to offer the market regarding performance. According to Car and Driver, It has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine with a maximum output of 200 horsepower. Its torque is 221 lb-ft, and the Jeep Compass 2023 uses an eight-speed transmission. This is an all-wheel drive vehicle, making it a solid choice for practically all driving situations. 

The Dodge Hornet has the same engine capacity but a horsepower of 268. This Dodge SUV has a nine-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, the new Dodge Hornet is a faster vehicle than the Compass. However, the Compass has better fuel efficiency. It gets 24 miles per gallon in the city, whereas the Hornet only gets 21; on the highway, the SUVs get 32 and 29 miles per gallon, respectively. 

The Jeep Compass wins for interior comfort

2023 Jeep Compass interior
2023 Jeep Compass | Jeep

SUVs are supposed to be comfortable, and though not the largest on the market, the Jeep Compass interior is better than that of the Dodge Hornet. Like the Hornet, the Jeep Compass 2023 seats up to five people. The difference is that passengers have much more room to move around in the Compass as it’s not nearly as cramped. The vehicle’s rear seating is situated to allow passengers to have much more legroom. 

The interior technology on the Dodge Hornet may be slightly better than what’s in the Compass. However, even the technology in the Compass manages to look more stylish. The Jeep Compass 2023 comes standard with an 8.4-inch touchscreen with the option to make it a 10.1. For comparison, the new Dodge Hornet comes standard with a 10.3-inch screen. 

The Jeep Compass is more reliable 

2023 Jeep Compass in gray
2023 Jeep Compass | Jeep

Regarding reliability, the Jeep Compass 2023 is also a better choice than the new Dodge Hornet. Based on predicted scores, experts expect the 2023 Dodge Hornet to be less reliable than other new SUVs in its class. This is based not only on the Hornet itself but other vehicles from the automaker. The Jeep Compass has a reliability score of 77; though not perfect, it’s still a fairly trustworthy option. 

The Jeep Compass and Dodge Hornet are two SUVs that many people decide between. While neither represents the best from their respective automakers, both SUVs have much to offer the market. Overall, the new Jeep Compass is a much better option. It may not be as powerful or fast, but it saves on fuel and offers a fairly impressive interior.

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