Jeep Compass Vs. Toyota RAV4

By Justin Cupler | May 20th, 2019

Crossovers are no longer just the soft-roading people haulers they once were. Today, models like the 2019 Jeep Compass and 2019 Toyota RAV4 offer the people-hauling abilities the masses require and trim levels that can handle more spirited off-road travel. Which of these people- and off-road-friendly crossovers if best for our Saginaw area buyers? Find out below.

Exterior

The second-generation Jeep Compass arrived in 2017 with a more refined look that closely resembles the latest take on the Grand Cherokee model up front. Around back, this stylish crossover adds a forward-slanted rear liftgate to put a sporty touch to help it remain competitive in the youth-focused compact crossover segment. This gives the Compass a delicate combination of sporty and classy that is sure to appeal to every buyer. And for those looking for something more rugged, there is an off-road-ready Trailhawk model.

 

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is all-new. This redesigned crossover abandons the sporty wedge shape it featured in the previous generation in favor of a more upright and rugged look. This will make the RAV4 more palatable to older SUV fans than the previous model, expanding its fanbase. Further enhancing its marketability to SUV buyers is its off-road friendly Adventure trim. Sure, it is not as capable as the Compass Trailhawk, but it is better than most in its class.

The 2019 Jeep Compass has the added benefit of being significantly smaller than the RAV4 in almost every measurable. This not only makes it easier to park on your daily commute, but it also makes it easier to whip through the trails.

Measurement 2019 Jeep Compass 2019 Toyota RAV4 Difference
Length 173 inches 180.9 to 181.5 inches -8.5 to -7.9
Width 73.8 inches 73 to 73.4 inches +0.4 to +0.8 inches
Height 64.6 inches 68.6 to 67 inches -4 to -2.4 inches
Wheelbase 103.8 inches 105.9 inches -2.1 inches
Ground Clearance 7.8 to 8.5 inches 8.4 to 8.6 inches -0.6 to -0.1 inches
Curb weight 3,184 to 3,633 pounds 3,370 to 3,800 pounds -186 to -167 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Compass

  • Smaller footprint
  • Business up front, party in the rear design
  • Rugged-looking Trailhawk model

Advantage: 2019 Toyota RAV4

  • Latest design language
  • Sharp Limited trim

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Jeep Compass rocks a basic design with its monochrome color scheme and limited use of angles and smooth dashboard. It does, however, have plenty of upscale features, starting with its standard 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 115-volt power outlet, and more.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 boasts a sharp cabin with a thin dashboard, stubby gear shifter, setback air vents, two large HVAC knobs, a floating dashboard, and more. The 2019 RAV4 boasts loads of standard features, including a 7-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay, but it oddly lacks Android Auto. Where the RAV4 comes back is safety, as it boasts all the goodies the IIHS likes to see, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise, and automatic high-beam headlights.

In roominess, the RAV4 wins in all the areas that matter most, including legroom and cargo room. Keep in mind, though, this is the tradeoff for the Compass’ easier-to-manage footprint.  

 

Measurement 2019 Jeep Compass 2019 Toyota RAV4 Difference
Front headroom 38.6 to 39.2 inches 37.7 to 39.5 inches +1.3 to +0.9 inches
Front legroom 41.8 inches 41 inches +0.8 inches
Front shoulder room 56.7 inches 57.8 inches -1.1 inches
Front hip room 54.1 inches 54.3 inches -0.2 inches
Rear headroom 38.5 inches 37.7 to 39.5 inches +0.8 to +1 inch
Rear legroom 38.3 inches 37.8 inches +0.5 inches
Rear shoulder room 55.1 inches 56.4 inches -1.3 inches
Rear hip room 49.2 inches 47.7 inches +1.5 inches
Cargo room (rear seats upright) 27.2 cubic feet 37 cubic feet -9.8 cubic feet
Cargo room (rear seats lowered) 59.8 cubic feet 69.8 cubic feet -10 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Compass

  • Standard Android Auto
  • Simple cabin setup
  • Tons of custom-looking interior options

Advantage: 2019 Toyota RAV4

  • Roomier cabin
  • More modern and stylish look
  • Massive cargo area
  • Top-notch standard safety equipment

Performance

The 2019 Jeep Compass has a simple powertrain lineup that includes a single 180-horsepower 2.4-liter engine and a standard six-speed manual transmission. Buyers can opt for a six-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive or a nine-speed auto with four-wheel drive. This delivers a 9.3-second 0-to-60 time

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 has a more complex powertrain lineup. Its standard powertrain is a 203-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain is available with front- or all-wheel drive and zips the RAV4 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds.

The twist in the 2019 RAV4 lineup is its hybrid model that pairs a 2.5-liter engine to two electric motors for a combined 219 horsepower. Because one motor mounts to the rear axle, the RAV4 Hybrid is only available in all-wheel drive. The added torque from the electric motors pushes the RAV4 Hybrid to 60 mph in a respectable 7.5 seconds while earning up to 40 mpg combined.

 

2019 Jeep Compass 2019 Toyota RAV4 Difference
Standard engine 2.4-liter 4-cyl 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 180 hp at 6,400 rpm 203 hp at 6,600 rpm -23 hp
Torque 175 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm 184 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm -9 lb-ft
Standard transmission 6-spd manual (FWD/4WD) 8-spd automatic
Optional transmission 6-spd automatic (FWD)
Optional transmission 9-spd automatic (4WD)
Driveline FWD (std.) /

4WD (opt.)

FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 9.3 seconds 8.5 seconds +0.8 seconds
Towing capacity 2,000 pounds (4WD only) 1,500 pounds (LE, XLE, and XLE Premium) / 3,500 pounds (Adventure) +500 pounds
MPG City 22 to 23 mpg 25 to 27 mpg -5 to -2 mpg
MPG Highway 30 to 32 mpg 33 to 35 mpg -5 to -1 mpg
MPG Combined 25 to 26 mpg 28 to 30 mpg -5 to -2 mpg
Optional engine
2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower
176 hp at 5,700 rpm
Torque
163 lb-ft at 3,600 to 5,200 rpm
Electric motor
Front and rear permanent magnet synchronous motors
Front electric motor horsepower
118 hp
Front electric motor torque
149 lb-ft
Rear electric motor horsepower
54 hp
Rear electric motor torque
89 lb-ft
Total system horsepower
219 hp -39 hp
Standard transmission
e-CVT
Driveline
e-AWD
0-60 time
7.5 seconds +1.8 seconds
Towing capacity
1,750 pounds +250 pounds
MPG City
41 mpg -19 to -18 mpg
MPG Highway
38 mpg -8 to -6 mpg
MPG Combined
40 mpg -15 to -14 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Compass

  • Higher standard towing capacity
  • Off-road-ready Trailhawk model

Advantage: 2019 Toyota RAV4

  • Fuel-sipping hybrid
  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • 1,500-pound higher max towing

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Jeep Compass lineup includes four trim levels — Sport, Latitude, Sun & Wheel, Upland, Altitude, Trailhawk, Limited, and High Altitude — and their starting prices range from $21,845 to $30,190.

 

There are nine trim levels in the 2019 Toyota RAV4 lineup — LE, LE Hybrid, XLE, XLE Hybrid, XLE Premium, XSE Hybrid, Adventure, Limited, and Limited Hybrid — and their starting prices range from $25,500 to $35,700.

2019 Jeep Compass Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Sport: $21,845

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Electric parking brake
  • 16-inch black-painted styled-steel wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Black door handles
  • Gloss-black grille surround with chrome slots and black mesh insert
  • Quad halogen headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Black, power-adjustable, heated mirrors
  • Power windows with one-touch up and down in front
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Annodized-sliver interior accents
  • Black radio bezel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Four cargo-area tie-down loops
  • Cargo-area light
  • Height-adjustable load floor
  • 3.5-inch black-and-white driver-information display
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • 115-volt household power outlet
  • Silver shifter knob
  • Power door locks
  • Urethane steering wheel with silver bezels
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Keyless ignition
  • Six-way manual front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Rear-seat heater ducts
  • Uconnect 4 infotainment system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Rain Brake Support
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rearview camera

 

Latitude: $25,095

  • All Sport features, plus
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with auto-stick
  • Automatic engine stop/start
  • Body-color door handles
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Cornering lights
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Black roof rails
  • 17-inch Tech Silver  aluminum wheels
  • Rear climate-control vents
  • Ambient LED lights on the front door handles, overhead console, and map pockets
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Premium leatherette seating with hex pattern
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Remote proximity key

 

Sun & Wheel: $25,890

  • All Latitude features, plus
  • 17-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof

 

Upland: $26,040

  • All Latitude features, plus
  • Upland suspension
  • Four-wheel drive
  • 17-inch polished and painted wheels
  • Deep-tinted glass
  • Rugged front fascia with gloss-black accents
  • Chrome exhaust tip
  • Body-color mirrors and door handles
  • Black tow hooks

 

Altitude: $26,515

  • All Latitude features, plus
  • Gloss-black exterior accents
  • Gloss-black roof
  • Piano-black interior accents
  • Premium cloth-and-leatherette seating
  • 18-inch black aluminum wheels
  • Single exhaust with dual bright tips
  • Gloss-black fog light bezels

 

Trailhawk: $29,195

  • All Latitude features, plus
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 20-to-1 crawl mode
  • Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud, and Rock drive modes
  • Hill-descent control
  • Off-road suspension
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels with polished face and black-painted pockets
  • Red-accented badges
  • Neutral gray slot surrounds on grille
  • Black hood decal
  • Mirror-integrated turn signal
  • Neutral gray mirrors
  • Black roof
  • Neutral gray roof rails
  • Fuel tank, transfer case, transmission, and front suspension skid plates
  • Two front and one rear red tow hooks
  • Annodized Ruby Red interior accents
  • K-Black radio and air vent bezels
  • Cargo-area mat
  • 7-inch full-color LCD cluster display
  • Ambient LED lighting
  • Luxury leather seating with mesh cloth insert
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen

 

Limited: $28,195

  • Bright dual-exit exhaust tip
  • Bright-chrome exterior accents
  • Body-color mirrors with a chrome accent
  • Chrome roof rails
  • 18-inch polished-face aluminum wheels with Tech Gray-painted pockets
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Piano black radio and air vent bezels
  • 7-inch full-color LCD instrument gauges
  • Ambient LED interior lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather seating with perforated inserts
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Six-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Remote ignition
  • Security alarm

 

High Altitude: $30,190

  • All Limited features, plus
  • Uconnect 4C infotainment with navigation
  • Bi-xenon HID headlights
  • LED taillights
  • 19-inch Satin Granite Crystal wheels
  • Black-leather seats with tungsten accent stitching
  • Anodized gunmetal interior accents
  • Satin Gloss Granite exterior accents
  • BeatsAudio premium sound system

2019 Toyota RAV4 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LE: $25,500

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Sport, ECO, and Normal drive modes
  • Active Cornering Assist
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Electric parking brake
  • 17-inch steel wheels with six-spoke hubcaps
  • Multi-LED headlights with black bezels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Black hexagon-patterned front grille
  • Black lower front bumper, overfenders, and rear bumper
  • Power mirrors
  • Color-keyed door handles
  • Black-painted roof rails
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Cloth seating
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Black interior door handles
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down
  • Power door locks
  • Overhead console with sunglasses storage
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • One USB media port
  • One 12-volt power outlet
  • Entune 3.0 Audio infotainment system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Scout GPS Link
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • Rearview camera with guidelines
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure alert with steering assist
  • Lane-tracing assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Full-speed adaptive cruise control
  • Road-sign recognition
  • Emergency assistance
  • Stolen vehicle locator
  • Roadside assist
  • Automatic collision notification

 

LE Hybrid: $27,700

  • All LE features, plus
  • Multi-electric motor
  • 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride battery
  • Intelligent engine stop/start
  • Sport, ECO, Normal, Trail, and EV drive modes
  • All-wheel drive
  • Regenerative braking
  • Electronic continuously variable transmission
  • 17-inch five-spoke silver alloy wheels
  • Active grille shutters
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

XLE: $27,300

  • All LE features, plus
  • 17-inch five-spoke silver-alloy wheels
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Integrated fog lights
  • Color-keyed mirrors
  • One-touch-lock/unlock door handles
  • Power moonroof
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear-seat climate-control vents
  • Embossed-polygon-design seat inserts
  • Silver interior door handles
  • Keyless ignition
  • Rear cargo-area cover
  • Four additional charge-only USB ports
  • Blind-spot monitoring

 

XLE Hybrid: $29,500

  • All XLE features. Plus
  • Multi-electric motor
  • 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride battery
  • Intelligent engine stop/start
  • Sport, ECO, Normal, Trail, and EV drive modes
  • All-wheel drive
  • Regenerative braking
  • Electronic continuously variable transmission
  • LED projector-beam headlights with chrome bezels
  • LED daytime running accent lighting
  • Active grille shutters

 

XLE Premium: $29,500

  • All XLE Features, plus
  • Power liftgate
  • Leatherette seating
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob

 

Adventure: $32,900

  • All XLE Premium features, plus
  • Dynamic torque-vectoring all-wheel drive
  • Rear-drive disconnect
  • Mud, Sand, Rock, Dirt, and Snow drive modes
  • Hill-descent control
  • 19-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels with matte-black accents
  • Unique split-bar front grille
  • Unique color-keyed upper and black lower front bumper
  • Larger black overfenders
  • Black rear bumper with a silver insert
  • Black badging
  • Adventure grade roof rails
  • Active grille shutters
  • 7-inch LCD instrument cluster
  • Orange seating accents and contrast stitching
  • Embossed seat inserts
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Urethane gear shifter
  • Orange-accented interior with orange stitching
  • Cargo net
  • 120-volt deck-mounted power outlet
  • Entune 3.0 Audio Plus
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM audio system
  • Remote Connect
  • Panoramic rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

 

Limited: $33,500

  • All XLE Premium features, plus
  • 19-inch multispoke super-chrome alloy wheels
  • Dark gray metallic hexagon-patterned front grille
  • Color-keyed upper bumper
  • Metallic gray rear bumper insert
  • Puddle lights
  • Chrome-accented outside door handles
  • Active grille shutters
  • 7-inch digital gauge cluster
  • Heated front seats
  • Dark-brown-accented interior
  • Dark-brown stitching
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Cargo area net
  • Blue ambient lighting
  • Entune 3.0 Premium Audio infotainment system
  • Dynamic navigation
  • Destination Assist Connect
  • Intelligent Clearance Sonar
  • Rear cross-traffic braking
  • Panoramic rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

 

XSE Hybrid: $33,700

  • All XLE Hybrid features, plus
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • 18-inch black-painted, five-spoke sport alloy wheels
  • Integrated fog lights with black trim
  • Dark-gray metallic hexagon-patterned grille
  • Black-painted lower front bumper, overfenders, mirrors, rocker panels, and rear bumper
  • Two-tone exterior color
  • Panoramic rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • 7-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Leatherette seating with fabric inserts and blue contrast stitching
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver accents
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • Blue-accented interior
  • Black headliner
  • Digital rearview mirrors
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Cargo net
  • Blue ambient lighting

 

Limited Hybrid: $35,700

  • All Limited features, plus
  • Multi-electric motor
  • 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride battery
  • Intelligent engine stop/start
  • Sport, ECO, Normal, Trail, and EV drive modes
  • All-wheel drive
  • Regenerative braking
  • Electronic continuously variable transmission
  • 18-inch five-spoke chrome wheels
  • LED projector-beam headlights with chrome bezels
  • LED daytime running accent lights

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota RAV4?

If you’re willing to shell out more cash for a thrifty hybrid or more space, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a great crossover. Not only does it get up to 40 mpg combined, but it has plenty of seating room and a huge cargo area.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Jeep Compass?

Got a tighter budget but still insist on buying a quality crossover with plenty of features? The 2019 Compass is a great pick. The 2019 Jeep Compass is also a great option for buyers who want to travel off the beaten path with its Trailhawk model.

 

Tackle your daily commute to Saginaw or hit the back trails of Frankenmuth in style with the 2019 Jeep Compass. With its roomy rear seats and respectable cargo area, it is also good for carpooling to Midland or heading to Bay City for a weekend getaway. Head down to Garber Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram serving the Saginaw area today to test drive the 2019 Compass and see what it offers your family. Can’t make it to our showroom today? Swing by our online inventory page to see our in-stock 2019 Compass models in the Frankenmuth area. Choose the Compass that suits your needs, then schedule a test drive later.