2011 Jeep
Compass Limited
vs. 2012 Ford
Escape XLT

2011 Jeep Compass Limited

10.0

starting from

$26,745

Reasons to buy the Jeep Compass Limited

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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OK brakes
Disc
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
2012 Ford Escape XLT

9.8

Runner-up

Ford Escape XLT

starting from

$25,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLT

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Average cargo space
66.3 ft3
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Average range on the highway
490 miles
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Average range in the city
368 miles
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More gears
6
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Jeep Compass Limited Winner: Compass Limited
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Compass Limited
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter basic warranty
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
  • Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Escape XLT
Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Compass Limited

Cost

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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MSRP $26,745 vs $25,495 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 21 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Road Tests

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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0-60 mph 10.1 seconds vs 10.7 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs 147 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 17.8 s s @ 81.0 mph mph vs 18.1 s s @ 81.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 4 vs 5 The Escape XLT has an OK number of airbags while the Compass Limited has very few (missing Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Compass Limited has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system Uconnect vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Escape XLT
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 2 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Performance

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Horsepower 172 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Escape XLT has more gears, but the Compass Limited has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.3 lb/hp vs 19.3 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Compass Limited will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Escape XLT
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.2 ft vs 36.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Jeep
Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 53.6 ft3 vs 66.3 ft3 The Escape XLT has OK cargo room, while the Compass Limited has very little
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs 55.0 ft3 The Escape XLT has average-sized front seats, while the Compass Limited is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 925 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Compass Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Escape XLT
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Number of speakers 4 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Escape XLT, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Escape XLT

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Jeep Compass Limited 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Compass Limited vs Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Compass Limited vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Jeep Compass Limited 2011 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition Compass Limited vs Liberty Limited Edition
2011 Jeep Compass Limited 2011 Jeep Patriot Latitude X Compass Limited vs Patriot Latitude X
2011 Jeep Compass Limited 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Compass Limited vs Equinox LT
2012 Ford Escape XLS 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Escape XLS vs Outback 2.5i
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Ford Edge SE Escape Limited vs Edge SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Escape XLT vs Grand Cherokee Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited Escape XLT vs 4Runner Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition Escape XLT vs Liberty Limited Edition

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