2020 Jeep Compass vs 2020 Nissan Rogue Waynesboro GA

2020 Jeep Compass
Features & Specs
2020 Nissan Rogue
Max Engine Power (hp)
Top Tow Rating (lbs)
Turning Diameter (ft)
5 Stars
NHTSA Safety Rating – Overall
4 Stars

2020 Jeep Compass vs 2020 Nissan Rogue

The nimbleness and versatility that the compact crossover SUV offers make it a great vehicle class, offering spacious interior volume and responsive maneuverability while driving in busy roadways. Two of our top picks for this smaller-SUV class type are the 2020 Jeep Compass and 2020 Nissan Rogue, both being highly rated in safety, performance, and feature selection. In this article, we’ll dig into some key details of each SUV and pick our favored choice overall.

2020 Jeep Compass Power & Handling

Jeep outfits the Compass with capable powertrain systems in order to enhance its capability both on and off the road. Under the hood of each 2020 Compass is a 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-4 engine that is able to push out 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. This four-cylinder engine allows the Compass to stay on the road for longer between fill-ups, with a highway fuel economy of over 30 mpg. The Compass also is also capable of towing upwards of 2,000 lbs of trailer capacity, thanks to the power produced by this engine. Jeep also offers a choice between a six-speed manual transmission, and either a six-speed or nine-speed transmission to pair with the engine.

2020 Nissan Rogue Power & Handling

The 2020 Rogue also comes with a capable four-cylinder engine, coming outfitted with a 2.5-liter inline-4 that can produce up to 170 horsepower. This engine has a decent power output but falls shy of the power produced and capabilities of the Compass’s four-cylinder engine. For the transmission, Nissan only offers a single choice, outfitting every 2020 Rogue with a continuously variable transmission. The overall performance on the road of the Rogue is similar to the Compass in terms of fuel economy, but can only end up towing just above 1,000 lbs of trailer weight.

2020 Jeep Compass Features & Design

The Compass establishes a great selection of features and trim levels to choose from, starting with the Sport trim model as the stock vehicle. Some of the key features Jeep works into the Compass Sport includes dual-zone automatic climate control, powered windows with one-touch up/down, split-folding seats offering extra storage versatility, and more. Each Compass also comes with a Uconnect 4 infotainment system that is housed in a 7-inch touchscreen and comes with Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and smartphone integration. We also see a great number of safety and security-based features worked expertly into the Compass, giving it an official NHTSA safety rating of five stars. The Compass also comes with the option to specialize the SUV for off-road adventuring if equipped with the Trailhawk trim model.

2020 Nissan Rogue Features & Design

From the ground up, the Rogue is a well-equipped SUV, with a similar starting kit of features compared to the Jeep Compass. Some of the essential features we see with the Rogue S starting trim level include split-folding seating, a 7-inch touchscreen, power operating windows, base air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and some others; this is a nice starting point for the Rogue, but Nissan misses out on some of the features Jeep works into the Compass, such as the Compass’s dual-zone automatic climate control system. Working up to higher trim models does bring in some of these nicer features, but requires you to pay more in order to reach a similar level as with the Compass. The Rogue also doesn’t come with an off-road-oriented trim model compared to its competitor.


The 2020 Nissan Rogue and 2020 Jeep Compass are two of the best compact SUVs on the market. Both come with decent four-cylinder engines, however, the Compass puts up better numbers overall, especially with the power output and tow capacity ratings. Overall if we had to pick a winner, it would be the 2020 Jeep Compass in this matchup, for having a strong selection of features with each trim model, especially the off-road-oriented Trailhawk trim if you are looking to further enhance your SUV’s capabilities.