Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jeep Compass VS 2016 Hyundai Tucson Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Jeep Compass

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2016 Hyundai Tucson

Safety Comparison

Both the Compass and the Tucson have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Compass is safer than the Hyundai Tucson:



Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 5 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Compass’ warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Compass’ optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (172 vs. 164) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (165 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Compass 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Tucson SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

3.9 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

10.1 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.3 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.8 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81 MPH

80.2 MPH

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For greater off-road capability the Compass has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (8.1 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the Compass to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Compass w/Freedom Drive II’s minimum ground clearance is 2.7 inches higher than on the Tucson (9.1 vs. 6.4 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Jeep Compass may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the Hyundai Tucson.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Compass has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear legroom than the Tucson.

The front step up height for the Compass is 1.1 inches lower than the Tucson (17.9” vs. 19”). The Compass’ rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the Tucson’s (18.5” vs. 20”).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Compass Latitude has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Tucson doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations Comparison

The Jeep Compass outsold the Hyundai Tucson by almost four to one during 2015.

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