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2021 Jeep Compass vs. 2020 Subaru Forester Review

New 2021 Jeep Compass

2021 Jeep
Compass

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New 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru
Forester

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MSRP*
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$23,895 to $30,795
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$24,495 to $34,595
Invoice* $23,685 to $30,121 $23,099 to $32,266
MPG - City 22 26
MPG - Hwy 30 - 31 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested *****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Jeep Compass offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Subaru Forester, with comparable head- and legroom. The Subaru Forester will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Jeep Compass.

Convenience
With the Subaru Forester, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Jeep Compass, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Jeep Compass will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru Forester. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Jeep Compass is much higher than that for the Subaru Forester.

Dimensions
Since the Jeep Compass is much wider than the Subaru Forester, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Jeep Compass, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Subaru Forester.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Jeep Compass and the Subaru Forester are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Handling
The Jeep Compass has a larger turning radius than the Subaru Forester, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Jeep Compass is clearly the choice over the Subaru Forester for pulling heavy loads. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Jeep Compass and the Subaru Forester.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Jeep Compass and the Subaru Forester. The Jeep Compass has less cargo space than the Subaru Forester, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Jeep Compass comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Subaru Forester.