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2022 Jeep Compass vs. 2022 Hyundai Tucson: Which is Better?

The 2022 Jeep Compass and the 2022 Hyundai Tucson are two compact crossovers with different personas. Which is better?

Quick Facts

  • The Compass has been updated for 2022.
  • The Tucson is redesigned this year.

2022 Jeep Compass

2022 Jeep Compass Front Left Side in Grey
The 2022 Jeep Compass starts at $24,950.

Base Price: $24,995 / Find out more about the 2022 Jeep Compass

What we like: Off-road capability; wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay; active-safety features standard on all trims.

What we would change: Add a second engine option; improve the fuel economy.

Overview: The 2021 Jeep Compass lives up to its brand heritage by offering off-road ability that exceeds most small crossovers’. The sole engine is a 2.4-liter inline-4 with a modest 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a 6-speed automatic in front-wheel-drive models and a 9-speed unit with all-wheel drive (AWD). AWD is standard in the Latitude Lux, Limited, and Trailhawk and optional on the two lower trims. The Active Drive AWD system includes Snow, Sand, and Mud modes. The Trailhawk’s Active Drive Low AWD system includes low-range gearing and a Rock mode, and the model comes with an off-road suspension and skid plates. Back on pavement, where even Jeeps spend most of their time, the ride can be stiff, although handling is not bad. Inside, the Compass has adequate room for five and as much as 60 cubic feet of cargo space, and the cabin materials and design are improved this year.

What’s new for 2022: The design is tweaked inside and out, and active-safety features are now standard on all trims. The infotainment systems have been upgraded with an 8.4-inch unit now standard on lower trims and a 10.1-inch display on the three upper trims. A new Latitude Lux trim level replaces the previous 80th Anniversary model.

Features and technology: The Compass is offered in Sport, Latitude, Latitude Lux, Trailhawk, and Limited grades. The base Sport includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Jeep’s user-friendly Uconnect infotainment system plus wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Latitude offers optional adaptive cruise control, automated parking, and a surround-view camera system. The Latitude Lux brings leather, heated seats, 4-wheel drive, a 10.1-inch infotainment display, a digital instrument cluster, and a power driver’s seat. The Limited and Trailhawk are both priced the same, with the former focused on luxury and the latter on off-road ability. The Limited gets fancier interior trim, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, and a black-painted roof. The Trailhawk has its upgraded AWD system, hill-descent control, an off-road suspension, skid plates, and special exterior styling elements.

What does the future hold: A new semi-automated Highway Assist feature will be added at some point during the model year. See 2022 Jeep Compass models for sale near you

2022 Hyundai Tucson

2022 Hyundai Tucson Front Left in Red
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson starts at $24,950.

Base Price: $24,950 / Find out more about the 2022 Hyundai Tucson

What we like: Choice of powertrains including a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid; generous cargo space; rear-seat legroom; great warranty.

What we would change: Tone down the styling; add knobs for the audio system; ditch the pushbutton shifter.

Overview: All-new for 2022, the Hyundai Tucson is longer and wider than before. Its new body has distinctive new styling (though it may not be for everyone). Inside, there’s more passenger and cargo space. The latter increases to a generous 38.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 74.8 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded.

The base engine is upgraded to a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 187 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with an 8-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional on all trim levels. The fuel economy is 29 mpg with FWD and 26 with AWD. There’s also a Tucson hybrid that uses a 1.6-liter turbo and a 6-speed automatic and makes a total of 180 horsepower. With standard AWD, its fuel economy is 37–38 mpg. A plug-in hybrid is also set to join the lineup and will offer an estimated 28 miles of EV range.

What’s new for 2022: The Hyundai Tucson is completely redesigned for 2022.

Features and technology: The standard Tucson is offered in SE, SEL, and Limited trim levels. The SE includes an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assistance, and a driver attention monitor. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and Safe Exit Warning arrive with the SEL, which also includes front seat heating and a power driver’s seat. The SEL can be upgraded with a $2,600 Convenience Package and a $1,700 Premium Package that adds many of the standard features on the Limited. The Limited includes smartphone-as-key, adaptive cruise control with lane-centering, a surround-view monitor, a blind-spot-view monitor, leather, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, a digital instrument cluster, wireless device charging, parking sensors, and a panoramic sunroof. The Tucson Hybrid’s trim levels are Blue, SEL Convenience, and Limited.

What does the future hold: A sporty Tucson N Line model will join the lineup later in the year. See 2022 Hyundai Tucson models for sale near you

Compass vs. Tucson: Strengths Comparison 

Jeep Compass Benefits: Off-road ability; wireless smartphone mirroring; more traditional styling.

Hyundai Tucson Benefits: Available hybrid and plug-in hybrid; roomier cabin; longer warranty; free scheduled maintenance.

2022 Jeep Compass vs. 2022 Hyundai Tucson: Which Is Better?

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Hyundai Tucson Interior
Above: The 2022 Jeep Compass steering wheel and front dashboard.
Below: The 2022 Hyundai Tucson steering wheel and front dashboard.

The Jeep is the clear choice for those who plan to do more than casual off-roading, but for everyone else, the Hyundai has a lot of advantages—provided you’re comfortable with its avant-garde looks.

See 2022 Jeep Compass models for sale or See 2022 Hyundai Tucson models for sale

2022 Jeep Compass 2022 Hyundai Tucson
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.4-liter I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 180 hp @ 6,400 rpm 187 hp @ 6,100 rpm
Torque 175 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm 182 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission 6-spd automatic 8-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city/31 hwy) 29 mpg (26 city/33 hwy)
Also Available 9-spd automatic; AWD hybrid; plug-in hybrid; AWD
Specs
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 10 years/100,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety 4 stars n/a
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 103.8 inches 108.5 inches
Overall Length 173.0 inches 182.3 inches
Width 73.8 inches 73.4 inches
Height 64.6 inches 65.6 inches
Turning Diameter 36.3 feet 38.6 feet
Headroom, Front 39.2 inches 40.1 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.5 inches 39.5 inches
Legroom, Front 41.8 inches 41.4 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.3 inches 41.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.7 inches 57.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.1 inches 56.0 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 100.0 cubic feet 108.2 cubic feet
EPA Cargo Volume 27.0/59.8 cubic feet 38.7/74.8 cubic feet
Joe Lorio
Joe Lorio is an author specializing in automobiles. He says, “I have been into cars ever since I started with Matchboxes, and have been sharing my opinions about them for almost as long. Granted, I was pretty young at the time, but my parents really should have listened to me when I told them not to buy an Austin Marina.”

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