Compare Jeep Compass vs. Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape

Compare the Jeep Compass against the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Compass, Forester and Escape stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Compass, Forester and Escape. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2010 Jeep Compass 2010 Subaru Forester 2010 Ford Escape
2010 Jeep Compass 2010 Subaru Forester 2010 Ford Escape
FWD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail*
  • FWD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail*
  • FWD 4dr Limited
  • 4WD 4dr Limited
2.5X Manual
  • 2.5X Manual
  • 2.5X Manual PZEV
  • 2.5X Automatic
  • 2.5X Automatic PZEV
  • 2.5X Manual with Premium Package
  • 2.5X Manual with Premium Package PZEV
  • 2.5X Automatic with Premium Package
  • 2.5X Automatic with Premium Package PZEV
  • 2.5X Limited
  • 2.5X Limited PZEV
  • 2.5XT with Premium Package
  • 2.5XT Limited
  • FWD 4dr XLS
  • 4WD 4dr XLS
  • FWD 4dr XLT
  • FWD 4dr Limited
  • 4WD 4dr XLT
  • 4WD 4dr Limited


MSRP $18,720 $20,295 $21,020
Invoice $18,234 $19,214 $19,904
Avg. Paid $12,453 $15,263 $10,872

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.2 8.6 8.0
Critics' Rating 6.0 8.5 8.4
Performance 6.8 8.4 7.4
Interior 6.3 8.0 7.6
Cost to Own 9.3 9.0 9.4
Safety 8.5 9.4 8.8
Reliability 3.0 4.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Good head- and legroom
  • Generous cargo space
  • Comfortable, spacious interior
  • Easy to drive
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Roomy interior
  • Nice technology features
  • Strong safety ratings
  • Subpar interior materials
  • Lacks off-road capabilities
  • Small cargo capacity for the class
  • Interior lack refinement of some competitors
  • Ride lacks refinement of rivals

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.4L/144 Gas Flat 4-Cyl 2.5L/150 Gas I4 2.5L/152
MPG 23 City / 28 Hwy 20 City / 27 Hwy 22 City / 28 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 4 Door


Wheelbase(in) 103.7 103 103.1
Length, Overall (in) 173.4 179.5 174.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.3 70.1 71.1
Height, Overall (in) 65.2 65.9 67.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Optional Optional
Power Windows Optional Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Running Boards Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3074 3250 3268

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain Optional
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Front Touring Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain Optional
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Tires - Rear Touring Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Optional
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Optional Standard
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers Standard


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Optional Optional
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Optional Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Optional Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Optional Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Optional
Power Driver Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 101.3 107.6 99.5
Front Head Room (in) 40.7 41.6 40.4
Front Leg Room (in) 40.6 43.1 41.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.6 56.1 56.6
Front Hip Room (in) 52.3 52.9 53.3
Second Head Room (in) 39.9 40.4 39.2
Second Leg Room (in) 39.4 38.0 35.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 55.6 55.9
Second Hip Room (in) 51.0 52.7 49.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 53.6 68.3 67.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 22.7 33.5 31.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard
Side Air Bag Optional Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional Standard Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

All Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl Gas I4
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.5L/150 2.5L/152
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 172 @ 6000 170 @ 6000 171 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 165 @ 4400 170 @ 4400 171 @ 4500
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 35.6 34.4 36.7


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 20 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 27 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.6 16.9 16.5


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut MacPherson-type MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Double wishbone Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Stabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Stabilizer bar


Automatic Optional Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional
Continuously Variable Trans Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.