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A good compact SUV is a great way to get the fun and functionality of an SUV without picking a model that might be too big to easily fit into your life. With so many different compact crossovers available, however, choosing the right one that has everything you need can be difficult. When looking at the 2021 Chevy Trax vs 2021 Jeep Compass, for example, they both have a lot to offer, but ultimately the Trax gives you a lot more for your money. While the Compass does its best to provide you with a lot of options, it starts off at a higher price than the Trax without really being worth it.
Even if you choose the more expensive trim for the Trax, you still get more than the Jeep Compass starts with at a lower price. Both of these compact models have pretty similar engines in terms of performance, but you get far superior fuel economy with the Trax, especially if you do a lot of city driving. Interior passenger space between them is also comparable, and they both feature front-wheel drive standard, with all-wheel drive available. In terms of the kinds of features you will find inside, once again, they are quite similar when you look at the starting trims for both of these models.
The price difference is really the key here because the Chevy Trax starts much lower than the Jeep Compass, and even with a higher trim and other available features, it stays lower. You can get improved interior and safety options with the Trax at a price that beats what Jeep has to offer while also getting superior fuel economy. So if you are looking for an excellent compact SUV at a price that cannot be beat, then the Chevy Trax is clearly the way to go.
When you are looking at a compact crossover SUV, the engine is not going to be quite as important as it is in something like a work truck, sports car, or even a large SUV. That being said, you still want to pick a vehicle that is fun to drive, with enough power under the hood to get you where you need to go. In terms of performance, both of these vehicles are pretty similar, but the Chevy Trax delivers far superior fuel efficiency.
The 2021 Chevy Trax has a 1.4L Turbo engine that delivers up to 155 hp and up to 177 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It comes with front-wheel drive standard, but it has all-wheel drive available for either the starting or higher trim. The Jeep Compass features a 2.4L engine that offers up to 180 hp and up to 175 lb-ft of torque, which comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. That extra horsepower might look impressive, but you really will not feel much difference, especially as the Trax has more torque; the Compass also comes with front-wheel drive standard and has all-wheel drive available.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Chevy Trax definitely pulls ahead. It gets an estimated 24 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway, with a combined fuel economy of 27 MPG – this gives it a cruising range on the highway of about 448 miles. By comparison, the Jeep Compass gets an estimated 22 MPG in the city, 31 MPG on the highway, and a combined 25 MPG, with a highway range of just over 400 miles. So the 2021 Chevy Trax lets you go further on your gas tank and delivers far better city fuel economy, which can really add up if you do a lot of driving around town.
Both of these options have pretty similar amounts of interior space for passengers and cargo alike, but the price of the Trax means you get more for your money. These are both five-passenger models with two rows of seating. You get more than 92 cu.ft. of total passenger volume inside the Trax, with almost 40 inches of front headroom and more than 40 inches of front legroom, plus nearly 39 inches of rear headroom and more than 35 inches of rear legroom. The Jeep Compass offers about 39 inches of front headroom and about 41 inches of front legroom, with about 38 inches of rear head and legroom.
In terms of cargo capacity, again, they are fairly similar. The 2021 Chevy Trax gives you nearly 19 cu.ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats, with more than 48 cu.ft. of total cargo volume behind the front row. By comparison, the Jeep Compass offers about 27 cu.ft. behind the rear seats and about 59 cu.ft. of total cargo volume behind the front row. While that is a bit more space overall, considering the difference in price between these two models, the Trax is a far better value.
Since you are going to spend most of your time with your vehicle inside of it, it is important to choose a model that offers great tech and comfort inside. Starting features for the 2021 Chevy Trax include a 7-inch infotainment display, numerous USB ports, and a 6-speaker sound system. It also comes with cloth seating, a standard steering wheel with mounted controls, a 3-inch digital driver information center, and remote keyless entry.
By comparison, the 2021 Jeep Compass starts with a 7-inch infotainment display, a pair of USB ports, and a 6-speaker sound system. The Compass also has a standard steering wheel with mounted controls, a 3-inch black-and-white driver information display, and remote keyless entry. So you can see that in many ways, they are very similar; the Compass, however, starts at nearly $3,000 more than the Trax.
In fact, the Trax’s higher trim, the LT, starts at a price nearly the same as the standard trim for the Jeep Compass. This gives you a number of interior upgrades, including deluxe cloth seating with leatherette trim, remote vehicle start (this costs extra for the standard Compass trim), and more. As soon as you compare these models at similar price points, the value of what the Trax has to offer becomes very clear.
Much like with the interior features of these two models, the price of the Chevy Trax has a huge impact on how much better of a value it represents for you in terms of safety. The standard Trax trim, the LS, comes with StabiliTrak electronic stability and traction control, daytime running lamps, and a comprehensive 10-airbag safety system. You also get a standard rear vision camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and more with the Trax LS.
Looking at the starting trim for the Jeep Compass, it offers a 7-airbag safety system, which comes up short compared to what you get in the Chevy Trax. The Compass has a rear backup camera, hill start assist, and a few other safety features standard on its starting trim. Overall, the offerings are fairly limited, with no additional options available if you want to add to it – you would need to look at a higher trim, which costs even more money, just to have more safety features available.
When you look at the higher trim for the Chevy Trax, the LT, which starts at a price similar to the Jeep Compass, then the differences become even greater. The LT has similar safety features, though it has LED daytime running lamps, but much more available. You can add a Driver Confidence Package to the Trax LT that includes a Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Park Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. None of these options are available for the standard Jeep Compass – you have to pay even more to have them available, and only the highest trims of the Compass, which start at $6,000 more than the Trax LT, have them as standard.