Trucks & SUVs

Why Consumer Reports Reccomends the Kia Sportage Over This Jeep

The crossover class is getting pretty crowded these days so it’s easy to overlook models like the Kia Sportage. This underrated SUV is sporty and smooth so it’s a worthy option for many drivers. However, it’s often overlooked because there are much bigger names in the SUV class like the Jeep Compass. Nevertheless, the most tempting thing about the Compass is its name. Here’s why you might want to pass on this popular SUV.

Consumer Reports isn’t a fan of the 2020 Jeep Compass at all

2019 Jeep Compass driving through sand
Jeep Compass | Jeep

CR ranked the 2020 Jeep Compass as one of the lowest-rated crossover SUVs of the year and we can see why. In many areas, the Compass is average at best. While it’s often considered as the most comfortable Jeep for everyday rides, it doesn’t live up to the Jeep’s legendary name. 

Oftentimes, the Compass feels dull and its handling is uninspired. CR gave this Jeep an average performance score and warned that this SUV is fairly jittery and that beverages in your cup holder might be in jeopardy as you drive. And as far as predicted reliability goes, CR gave the Compass its lowest score possible.

Recent trouble spots on the Compass have been related to its transmission and body integrity according to CR’s data. In April 2020, the Compass was recalled for an issue related to its windshield wipers. If one of the windshield wipers loosens, the wipers may not work correctly and could increase the risk of a crash. 

CR thinks the 2020 Kia Sportage is a better alternative 

A red Kia Sportage on display at an auto show
Kia Sportage | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

There are more pros than cons on this year’s Kia Sportage model. The Sportage is good for daily driving and is pretty sporty too. You can choose between two engine options on this Kia SUV. Base models come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that creates a 181-horsepower. This four-cylinder is peppy and pleasant but for more power, you can opt for the SX Turbo trim. The SX Turbo trim features a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

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The Sportage offers more interior features compared to the Compass

To be fair, the Compass does come standard with a modern infotainment system that’s equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. However, the Sportage offers that and more. Unlike like the Compass, the Sportage offers desirable advanced safety features on each trim level. These features include a driver attention monitor, pedestrian detection, and forward-collision warning. 

Other things to consider

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Kia Sportage a higher crash-test score compared to the Compass. Plus, the Sportage has better-predicted reliability ratings based on CR data and J.D. Power’s vehicle information. The Sportage is what we consider a more well-rounded option over the Compass.

Really the only advantage the Compass has over the Sportage is off-roading capability. The Sportage isn’t ideal for off-roading at all. But if this performance capability is important to you, you should look at other Jeep models anyway.