In a battle of daring SUVs in Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, New York, you may be wondering whether the Ford Escape or Jeep Compass comes out on top. Our team from Friendly Ford of Hamilton is here to show you which ride pulls in front when they both go head-to-head.

A Great Blend of Power and Efficiency

There's something for everyone to love under the hood of the Ford Escape with its multiple powertrains to choose from. To kick-off performance, a 1.5L EcoBoost® I-3 engine comes standard, delivering 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. If you want extra muscle, though, select the 2.0L EcoBoost® I-4 engine, which produces 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. This creates a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

On the other hand, the Jeep Compass only offers one motor option-a 2.4L Tigershark® I-4. It's similar to the baseline engine of the Escape with 177 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. However, towing capabilities top out at 2,000 pounds when properly configured, so you may have to leave your lightly loaded utility trailer at home with this SUV.

Plenty of Space to Stretch Out In

Whether you're planning an exciting camping trip or are sticking around town to hit up local trails, you need to stay comfortable throughout the drive. The Ford Escape and Jeep Compass offer roomy cabins, so you can stretch out throughout the journey. However, you may prefer the added room the Escape offers:


Ford Escape

Jeep Compass

Headroom (Front/Rear)

40.0 inches/39.3 inches

39.2 inches/38.5 inches

Legroom (Front/Rear)

42.4 inches/40.7 inches

41.8 inches/38.3 inches

Shoulder Room (Front/Rear)

57.6 inches/56.0 inches

56.7 inches/55.1 inches

Hip Room (Front/Rear)

55.2 inches/53.3 inches

54.1 inches/49.2 inches

Both you and your passengers will appreciate the added space in each of the five seats of the Ford Escape. If you want to keep your passengers comfortable and happy during your trips, you'll need plenty of space for them.

Leave Nothing Behind

In addition to ample interior space, you'll need plenty of cargo room in your next SUV to store all your road trip essentials. With the 60/40 split-fold down rear seats upright in the Ford Escape and Jeep Compass, you'll have room for daypacks, your tent, and a cooler. However, the Escape offers more room for bulkier items with 37.5 cubic feet of cargo room. Meanwhile, the Compass falls short with 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

In both rides, you can fold down the rear seats to gain more space for larger items. Once again, though, the Escape is roomier with 65.4 cubic feet of cargo room. It may be a tight fit in the Compass with a maximum of 59.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Think of the extra things you can pack on your next camping trip or vacation in the Ford Escape!

Enter a Hi-Tech Cabin

In modern vehicles, state-of-the-art technology makes your drives more fun for everyone. While passengers are entertained, you can access a host of convenient features from the driver's seat in both vehicles. The Ford Escape and Jeep Compass both have an available 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot for passengers to enjoy while in transit. Streaming entertainment, access emails, and retrieving files from the cloud is made simple in both SUVs.

If you have lots of devices and batteries you need to keep at 100%, you'll need plenty of outlets and ways to charge up. The Ford Escape contains a 12-volt power outlet to plug in your gear and keep it charged, alongside dual USB ports and an available Wireless Charging Pad. You can keep your devices fully charged in the Escape.

The Jeep Compass also comes standard with a 12-volt power outlet. However, you won't have access to the convenient and hi-tech wireless charging station, limiting your phone charging options.

The Ford Exclusive SYNC® 3 Advantage

One technology that is only available in Ford vehicles is SYNC® technology. The advanced SYNC® 3 system is available in the 2021 Escape, offering you plenty of options that are both functional and engaging. This voice-controlled technology allows you to make calls, ask for directions to nearby attractions, command your playlist and music, listen and respond to texts, and more.

SYNC® 3 also uses the centrally located touchscreen to make connecting even more simple and accessible. Pairing your smartphone with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity turns this screen into an extension of your phone's home screen. Your messages, maps, apps, and more are made easily accessible.

SYNC® 3 is a comprehensive set of technology designed for accessibility when you're out and about, and it's exclusive to Ford models. If you want to stay on the cutting edge of advancement, be sure to check out SYNC®.

Make the Most of Your Fuel Tank

Whether you're out on an epic road trip adventure or making frequent drives around town, the fewer stops you make at the gas station the better. A vehicle with excellent fuel economy makes your drives last longer while also being more efficient. The Jeep Compass offers an EPA-estimated 22 city/31 highway MPG. You can get to where you're going with some stops at gas stations every now and then.

The Ford Escape, however, scores an EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway MPG in its gasoline engine, letting you enjoy your drives longer. You'll spend less time at the pump in the Escape.

The Ford Escape also offers available hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. These fuel-efficient engines have an EPA-estimated 44 city/37 highway MPG to make your cruising time last even longer. The Compass doesn't offer a hybrid powertrain.

Ford Escape vs Jeep Compass: Choose the Right Adventure SUV for You

As you can see, the Ford Escape and Jeep Compass are similar; however, the Escape edges out the competition in terms of towing capability, efficiency, interior space, and cargo room.

Learn more about the Escape at Friendly Ford of Hamilton. We hope to see our Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, NY, neighbors soon. Schedule your test drive of the Ford Escape today.

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