2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Jeep Compass Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Life in Southern California offers so much to explore -- especially when you've got a vehicle that can take you further, like the powerful, all-wheel drive Subaru Crosstrek. With some extra ground clearance and toughness for tricky terrain, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek goes where you go. From the city to the highway, from the beach to the desert, from national parks to theme parks.

The 2021 Jeep Compass boasts a well-known and respected brand name, but which compact crossover is a better overall value? Find out in the head-to-head comparison below. Jeep has earned a reputation for toughness, but the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a more efficient, more practical choice for the daily drive.

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Crosstrek vs. Compass: Design

Entry-level 2021 Jeep Compass models are more spartan when it comes to design features. For example, the Compass comes standard with steel wheels and wheel covers, and lacks roof rails at the entry level. Meanwhile, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek features standard raised roof rails and 17" alloy wheels for added style and toughness.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is also available with LED Steering Responsive Headlights. They'll pivot as you steer for better visibility of bends in the road. That's a feature you can't get on the 2021 Jeep Compass at all.

New Crosstrek Sport Steering Wheel

Crosstrek vs. Compass: Features & Technology

When it comes to comfort and convenience, entry-level models of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and 2021 Jeep Compass are quite similar. Both vehicles come standard with a touchscreen multimedia system complete with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, steering wheel controls and more. Both also offer a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and premium speaker system as available upgrades.

However, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport model offers a unique feature you won't find on any 2021 Jeep Compass: StarTex® water-resistant upholstery for venturing into the mud and muck, or just making spills easier to clean up. It's a stylish, comfortable and easy to maintain material that's perfect for active lifestyles.

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Crosstrek vs. Compass: Performance & Drive

Four-wheel drive is a staple of Jeep SUVs, but entry-level 2021 Jeep Compass models are front-wheel drive, more like a typical family car. By contrast, every 2021 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. It's a smooth, efficient yet capable all-wheel drive system that makes for a comfortable drive around town -- yet dirt roads, gravel trails, wet weather and steep inclines won't stand in your way.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is also far better on gas, especially in the city. It's able to achieve up to 28 city MPG, compared to the 2021 Jeep Compass with just 22 -- and that's with front-wheel drive. 4x4 models will get even worse gas mileage. If you prefer to select the gears manually, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offers a manual transmission option. That's not something you'll find in any new Compass. When you want a daily driver that's also got some off-road chops, we think you'll find a whole lot more value in the new Crosstrek!

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Crosstrek vs. Compass: Safety

Simply put, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has proven safer than its rival from Jeep. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Jeep Compass a four star overall safety rating. It also failed to earn any safety awards given out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

By contrast, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek passed its crash tests with flying colors! The new Crosstrek earned the best possible five star NHTSA overall safety rating as well as a 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.

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Crosstrek vs. Compass: Driver Assistance

When you upgrade to the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Premium model (starting MSRP: $23,295), you also get a standard automatic transmission and Subaru EyeSight® driver assist technology. That means, for less than the entry-level 2021 Jeep Compass, Subaru gives you standard pre-collision automatic braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control! To get pre-collision braking on the 2021 Jeep Compass, you'd have to upgrade to the Latitude trim with a starting MSRP of more than $26,000! Subaru provides the latest safety technology at a more affordable price.

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With a starting MSRP of $22,245, not only is the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek thousands less than a 2021 Jeep Compass when equipped with four-wheel drive, it's also got a better safety pedigree, more desirable standard features and the versatility and longevity that only Subaru can provide. That's why we think you'll agree that the Crosstrek is the better choice for whatever life in California has in store. Come see for yourself during a test drive!

2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Jeep Compass
$22,245Starting MSRP*$23,915
Symmetrical All-Wheel DriveStandard DrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive (4WD Available)
StandardRoof RailsAvailable
StandardManual TransmissionNot Available
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space99.6 Cubic Feet
1,500 lbsStandard Towing CapacityNot Recommended for FWD
17" AlloyStandard Wheels16" Steel
5 StarsNHTSA Overall Safety Rating4 Stars
33 Highway - 28 City (MPG)Fuel Economy (Automatic Transmission)31 Highway - 22 City (MPG)
Available FeatureReverse Automatic BrakingNot Available

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.