Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2017 Jeep Compass Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2017 Jeep Compass

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Compass doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Compass doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Compass doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Compass doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Compass doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Compass doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CR-V and the Compass have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Compass has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 13 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (184 vs. 158) and 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 141) than the Compass’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V LX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (184 vs. 172) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 165) than the Compass’ optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (190 vs. 172) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 165) than the Compass’ optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda CR-V is faster than the Jeep Compass 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Compass

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.2 sec

10.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Compass:

 

 

CR-V

Compass

 

2WD

 

n/a

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

 

n/a

23 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual

 

 

n/a

22 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl.

 

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/34 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

 

n/a

22 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual

 

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/33 hwy

20 city/23 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto Freedom Drive II

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Compass doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Honda CR-V has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Compass. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Compass:

 

CR-V

Compass

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

195 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

170 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Compass (235/65R17 vs. 205/70R16). The CR-V LX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Compass (235/65R17 vs. 225/60R17).

The CR-V LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Compass’ standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Compass.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 3.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Compass.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Compass 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Compass (8.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

For excellent aerodynamics, the CR-V has standard flush composite headlights. The Compass has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Compass doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Compass doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Compass 4x4:

 

CR-V

Compass

At idle

40 dB

41 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

78 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 4.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Compass (105.9 vs. 101.3).

The CR-V has .7 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more front hip room, 3.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Compass.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Compass with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 22.7 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Compass with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 53.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Compass doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Compass doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CR-V EX-L/Touring has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Touring, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Compass doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the CR-V has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Compass doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Compass doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Compass.

The CR-V’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Compass’ optional power window’s switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes.

If the windows are left down on the CR-V the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Compass can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the Compass.

The Smart Entry standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Jeep Compass doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The CR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Compass doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Compass’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CR-V has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Compass only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Compass doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The CR-V has standard power remote mirrors. The Compass only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The CR-V has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Compass doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Compass doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the CR-V and the Compass offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Compass doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Compass doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard HondaLink for the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Compass doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 49.22% to 51.49% of its original price after five years, while the Compass only retains 41.62% to 44.66%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Compass because typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Compass, including $33 less for a water pump, $169 less for an alternator, $13 less for front brake pads, $10 less for a fuel pump and $245 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda CR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Compass isn’t in the top three.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Jeep Compass by almost five to one during the 2017 model year.

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