The 2022 Jeep Compass and the 2022 Hyundai Tucson are two compact crossovers with different personas. Which is better?
- The Compass has been updated for 2022.
- The Tucson is redesigned this year.
2022 Jeep Compass
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
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?
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.
|2022 Jeep Compass||2022 Hyundai Tucson|
|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|
|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|