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3 Jeep Compass Alternatives You Need to Consider

You don’t have to settle for the Jeep Compass. If you want a compact SUV with a little off-roading capability, there are other options to consider. See what vehicles people are choosing over the Jeep Compass for a better ride. 

Is the 2020 Jeep Compass a good SUV? 

Yes, the Jeep Compass is a perfectly fine SUV. It’s economically priced, it’s comfortable, and includes a superior infotainment system. However, it’s the Jeep option that’s in the last place due to having a small cargo area, below-average predictability rating, and mediocre acceleration and handling. 

2019 Jeep Compass driving through sand
Jeep Compass | Jeep

For a little background on the 2020 Jeep Compass, it starts around $22,280, gets an EPA estimated 32 mpg on the highway, and can tow up to 2,000 lb. It’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine provides 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds

1. The Jeep Renegade 

If you’re interested in a Jeep while not go up to the next model and enjoy the Jeep Renegade? It begins around $22,375, so it doesn’t raise the price by much. However, it also only gets up to 32 mpg on the highway. 

2020 Jeep Renegade
2020 Jeep Renegade

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The 2020 Jeep Renegade is respected as a trail-rated off-roader that’s proven its abilities to crawl over rocks and forge water up to depths of 19 inches. It’s definitely more adventurous than the Jeep Compass. 

With the 1.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine to add pep to the acceleration, the Jeep Renegade delivers a smoother acceleration with 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque.

It can tow up to 2,000 lb. It receives praise for having nimble handling, above-average passenger space, advanced tech, and a pretty comfortable interior. 

2. The Hyundai Kona 

What?! A Hyundai made this list? Heck yeah, the Hyundai Kona did. It starts around $20,300, providing more savings to take advantage of. However, it’s an all-wheel-drive option. So while it’s excellent for traversing through snow and other slippery conditions, a vehicle with 4×4 is better for crawling over rocks. 

The Hyundai Kona has an optional 1.6-liter turbocharged 175 hp engine with 195 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, making it sportier than the Jeep options. It also has a similar fuel economy. 

Hyundai Kona driving down country road
Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona provides a smooth, quiet ride with a long list of standard features, including automatic headlights and heated side mirrors. It’s a more convenient option for daily driving instead of a hardcore off-roader. 

3. The Mazda CX-5

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 is a higher-priced option. It begins around $25,190, but it’s focused driver features provide comfort, fun, and luxury. The base engine offers 187 hp while the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine provides 227 hp. 

MAZDA CX-5 compact crossover SUV on display at Brussels Expo on January 9, 2020
The 2020 Mazda CX-5 | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

It can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 6.4 seconds and offers all-wheel-drive if you need to tackle the snow. It still only gets up to 32 mpg. It has superior handling for a sporty performance and luxury comfort, that includes an isolated cabin. 

The Mazda CX-5 shines for having a luxurious interior with comfortable seats and more than enough storage containers. It’s also a top safety pick with standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking.