Both the 2021 Jeep Compass and Ford Escape are exceptional SUVs to get your family where it needs to be, whether that be in Ithaca, Binghamton, or Cortland, New York.

There are, however, some differences that separate one from the other, and you may have a preference toward certain aspects.

We at Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT composed this comparison to put the two side-by-side and give you the opportunity to see a comparison for yourself.

Read on to learn which vehicle might be the one you'd rather drive!

Jeep Compass vs Ford Escape: Quick Facts


Jeep Compass

Ford Escape

Traction systems

Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System

Selectable drive modes

Transmission options



Seating capacity



Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration

Standard on all trims

Standard on all trims

2021 Jeep Compass vs Ford Escape: Capability

Both the Jeep Compass and Ford Escape prioritize driver capability and the freedom to remain steady on even the most unpredictable terrains.

The Ford Escape comes standard with selectable drive modes, which provide the following functions:

  • Slippery Mode
  • Eco Mode
  • Sport Mode
  • Deep Snow/Sand Mode
  • Normal Mode

The Jeep Compass offers the following modes with its available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System:

  • Auto mode
  • Snow mode
  • Sand mode
  • Mud mode
  • Rock mode

All of these modes come standard with any 4-wheel drive Compass, with the exception of Rock mode, which belongs solely to the Trailhawk trim.

In looking at both the Compass and the Escape, they offer comparable modes that will provide stability on these terrains. However, the Jeep Compass makes an effort to separate the Snow and Sand modes, recognizing the different needs that each surface presents. Plus, with Rock mode on Trailhawk, off-roaders will have more flexibility to adjust to the surface they need.

Compass vs Escape: Interior Technology

Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are common offerings on many vehicles, and the Jeep Compass and Ford Escape are no exception. Both SUVs provide these integration technologies as standard features.

Also unavailable on the Ford Escape but accessible on the Jeep Compass is SiriusXM Guardian™. This great available feature, which is found on the Uconnect® app, provides a more sophisticated and connected way to use your car. With it, you can do the following:

  • Call for roadside assistance.
  • Send directions to your navigation system.
  • Get directions to your vehicle in a parking lot.
  • Start your vehicle from inside the house.

Jeep Compass vs Ford Escape: Exterior Appearance

If you've been eyeing a specific color that you want your new car to sport, then the Jeep Compass may have some more diverse options to choose from. Among the typical black, white, and gray are some more vibrant shades that you can't get on the Ford Escape.

Here are some of the fun colors to choose from on the 2021 Jeep Compass:

  • Laser Blue
  • Velvet Red
  • Spitfire Orange
  • Olive Green

On many of the higher trim levels, all of the above colors can be created in a 2-tone shade with black as the other color. With these more varied options, you can express your personality and show off your style in a sleeker fashion and get the color you've always imagined.

The Ford Escape also offers some cool colors to decide from:

  • Desert Gold
  • Bronze Fire
  • Velocity Blue
  • Star White

Aside from the Desert Gold, however, Ford's colors are pretty typical of what you'd expect from a car, with hues of blue, red, and black. Ultimately, Jeep takes it a little further with different colors and also offers a unique 2-tone option.

Jeep Compass vs Ford Escape: Which Is Better?

The 2021 Jeep Compass values customization for its drivers by giving them more unique shades to choose from. Designing your car in a way that speaks to you is a great way to make sure you're truly enjoying your set of wheels. Plus, with some added technology and terrain help to boot, the Compass is a great option for those wanting to stay connected, both with tech and the road itself.

If you believe the 2021 Jeep Compass would be a desirable vehicle to own as you move through Ithaca, Binghamton, and Cortland, NY, then contact us at Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT today to set up a test drive!

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