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2017 Jeep Compass vs 2017 Ford Escape

The crossover segment may be a popular one these days, but it often seems that there is little difference from one model to the next. That being said, there are a few brands that standout with their crossover offerings, delivering truly unique characteristics that can't be found elsewhere. One such brand is Jeep and its 2017 Compass. We'll compare it here to another commonly driven option, the 2017 Ford Escape, so that you can find out which of these vehicles actually stands out from the rest of the market.

Despite both models existing on the compact end of the crossover segment, the Compass appears to be smaller than the Escape at first glance. When it comes to passenger volume, however, this is far from the case. The Compass delivers up to 101 cu. ft. of cargo room compared to the inferior 98 cu. ft. found in the Escape. On top of that, the 2017 Compass' 39.4 inches of rear seat legroom is significantly greater than the 36.8 inches found in the Escape.

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2017 Jeep Compass vs 2017 Ford Escape
Starting at $19,940 MSRP Starting at $23,750
101 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 98 cu. ft.
Jeep Active Drive, Jeep Active Drive Low AWD/4WD Intelligent 4WD
5-inch touchscreen with Uconnect Standard Infotainment 4.2-inch screen with Ford Sync

Differences Between the 2017 Compass and 2017 Escape

Even with all this extra space, the Compass still retains a surprisingly budget-friendly starting MSRP compared to the Escape. It starts out at nearly $4,000 less than the Escape, yet still manages to deliver standard features that Ford's compact crossover does not. These include an auxiliary port (something expected in any modern vehicle), foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a larger infotainment screen.

These are all great things, but what really sets the Compass apart from the Escape and every other model in the segment is its off-road capability. The 2017 Jeep Compass can be equipped with one of two different 4x4 systems. The first is Jeep Active Drive, which switches instantly between 2WD and 4WD when necessary to maintain fuel efficiency. The other system, Jeep Active Drive Low, adds a 20:1 crawl ratio and low range for improved off-roading capability on even the most difficult terrain. You can also pair it with Selec-Terrain Traction Control to better tackle services like snow, sand, mud or rock.

Wherever your next adventure leads, it's clear by comparing the 2017 Jeep Compass vs the 2017 Ford Escape that the Compass is the vehicle that truly has the capability to take you there, regardless of the type of terrain lying ahead. Plus, it's available at a great value. To learn more or to get behind the wheel of your new Compass, get in touch with us here at Parks Motors, nine miles east of high prices and Wichita, KS.

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