2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison


  • In Canada, the 2022 Jeep Compass starts at $ 29,495.

  • 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross costs from $ 24,890.

  • Small SUVs should be concerned about the arrival of the Corolla Cross.


Compact SUVs have taken over from compact cars as the best-selling “regular” vehicles in the country. Although full-size pickups remain the biggest sellers and are likely to do so for a long time to come, small SUVs are the most popular segment for most Canadian families. One of the latest additions to this class is the Toyota Corolla Cross and one of the older ones is the Jeep Compass.

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

As always, diversity is important to consumers. Although over 200,000 want a small SUV, they may not all want to be seen driving the same model. Many people want a vehicle that looks robust and provides certain off-road properties, while others prefer the comfort that is available in subdued style and practical properties.

The latter points describe the new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross. As the latest entry in the small SUV segment, the Corolla Cross may be the easiest product for Toyota to sell. The Corolla name alone carries decades of reliability, convenience and reliability. Now it comes in SUV form.

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

When it comes to the compass, it also bears the burden of a name, but in the case of the jeep, it has to do with unlimited possibilities. While this should be an asset, like its smaller sibling Renegade, the Compass is one of the slower-selling small SUVs in the country segment.

This can be an odd combination for a comparison test, but sometimes details emerge that serve to confirm or improper preconceived notions when trading in this large segment.

Let’s compare Corolla Cross and Compass:


Driveline and drive

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

As standard, the Jeep Compass is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. It produces 177 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque and when connected to the available AWD system, it has a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Under the Corolla Cross hood is a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 169 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque. This is the same engine found in the Corolla cars which at best turns out to be sufficient to move their 3,000+ lbs. Unlike the sedan and hatchback, the Corolla Cross is only offered with a continuously variable gearbox (CVT).

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

When it comes to the powertrain, the Compass surpasses the Corolla Cross in a practical way in all but one respect.

The main culprit for Toyota is the CVT, which deprives the driving experience. With the approximately 300 extra kilos added due to AWD, the driveline needs time and speed to get things going. The result is noise and a little more. With passengers and equipment on board, drivers will want more power. That wish can come true when Toyota launches the long-awaited hybrid version.

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The Jeep’s driveline is much more up to the task. The 9-speed transmission is tuned to the engine and provides fast responses to driver input. The acceleration is faster than expected and it gets better.

Both commercial vehicles were driven while there was a lot of snow on the ground and again the Jeep Compass surpasses the Toyota and by a fairly large margin. The base 4 × 4 system in Compass is the Jeeps Active Drive 4 × 4 system with the Selec-Terrain Traction Management system. The power distribution can be varied to the rear at nanoseconds, which gives a potentially happy (and happy driver) in snowy conditions.

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

In Corolla’s corner, it has Toyota’s Dynamic Torque Control AWD system that can eventually control up to 50% of the available power to the rear wheels. The function of this reactive system is to prevent the Corolla Cross from getting stuck, which it does. And that may be all that matters here.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, this is where Toyota shines. The Corolla can and will provide a combined fuel consumption of approximately 7.5 l / 100 km while the Jeep Compass will consume an additional 2 l / 100 km.

Here’s a fun fact: the Corolla Cross offers up to 8.2 inches of ground clearance while the Compass (non-Trailhawk) has 8.1 inches.


Styling from the inside out

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

This comparison showed the more luxurious details of each SUV. In both cases we have nice wheels, some visual upgrades and thankfully color.

Despite this, the Compass really looks much more elegant than the Corolla Cross. Seven slats grille. 19-inch wheels and tastefully light work raised Jeep’s prospects to almost premium levels. This is a good opportunity to mention that the Jeep, which tested, was sold for an eye-catching $ 49,975 with options.

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

When it comes to the Corolla Cross, it is admittedly less impressive visually, but it is still attractive enough thanks to its 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and fog lights and massive headlights. However, this model only sells for $ 33,990 as tested.

Regardless of price, however, Jeep’s cab is a much nicer place. The layout of the instrument panel is much more premium with a smoother design. All types of controls are easily accessible and ergonomically placed. Surfaces and textures are elegant, something that is especially true in the tested Limited model.

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Away at the Corolla Cross, its cab is entirely Toyota. Even if it is smartly laid out, the dashboard can look like an assortment of different parts that have come together out of necessity. Materials in the tested XLE are not as good as jeeps but let’s not forget the difference of $ 16,000.

The space in both SUVs is generally good for its class. Four adult passengers can easily enjoy themselves on board. When it comes to luggage space, the Jeep wins with an available volume of 800 liters. The Toyota drops 100 liters when equipped with AWD.

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre


Value and features

The base model Compass Sport versus the base model Corolla Cross L, the jeep for $ 29,495 and the Toyota $ 24,890 are not exactly matched. The Jeep is $ 4,500 more expensive to launch, which is partly covered by the larger standard 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless, satellite radio, push-button launch and a few more items.

To get most of these items along with a heated steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels and some active safety features, one has to choose the Corolla Cross LE, which costs from $ 27,090, or $ 2,400 less than the cheapest compass.

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

At the other end of the price and trim range, the $ 33,990 XLE Corolla Cross values ​​well above Compass North starting at $ 34,895.

But if a fully loaded ultra-premium small SUV with genuine off-road chops is what you’re longing for, the tested Compass Limited at close to $ 50,000 with options is impossible to match.

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre


Our thoughts on Jeep Compass and Toyota Corolla Cross

The comparison here shows that Jeep greatly overestimates what the compass can be for buyers. Out of the box, it’s too expensive. In fact, it is the most expensive in the segment, priced higher than some larger compact SUVs like the Chevrolet Equinox.

The Toyota Corolla Cross, with the exception of the quasi-lackadaisical driveline, is almost perfect. When the hybrid version arrives, all games will be suspended. For the average Canadian family, the Corolla Cross offers space, efficiency and a lot of security at a very affordable price.

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2022 Jeep Compass vs 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

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