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2021 Jeep Compass vs. 2020 Kia Niro Review

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2021 Jeep
Compass

MSRP*: $24,495 to $31,395
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2020 Kia
Niro

MSRP*: $24,590 to $32,790
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Invoice* $24,258 to $30,691 $23,853 to $31,807
MPG - City 22 MPG 46 - 51 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 - 31 MPG 40 - 46 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 59.8 ft3 54.5 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Manual
Drivetrain Four-wheel, Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 180 hp 104 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs Info not available
Exterior Length 173.0 in 171.5 in
Exterior Width 73.8 in 71.1 in
Leg Room Front 41.8 in
Rear 38.3 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 39.2 in
Rear 38.5 in
Front 40.1 in
Rear 39.1 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** ****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Jeep Compass offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Kia Niro, with comparable head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Jeep Compass and the Kia Niro.

Convenience
The Kia Niro requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Jeep Compass, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Jeep Compass or the Kia Niro, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Jeep Compass is much higher than that for the Kia Niro.

Dimensions
Since the Jeep Compass is much wider than the Kia Niro, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. When looking at overall length, the Jeep Compass takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Kia Niro.

Handling
The Jeep Compass has a larger turning radius than the Kia Niro, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Jeep Compass greatly out-muscles the Kia Niro.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Jeep Compass does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Kia Niro.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Jeep Compass and the Kia Niro. The Jeep Compass has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Kia Niro.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Jeep Compass is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Niro.