2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk vs 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

side by side comparison image of the 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk and the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

In past years, drivers who wanted a vehicle that could handle the daily commute and also travel boldly into the wilderness were strapped for options. However, these days there are many more compact crossovers that offer attractive interior dimensions, off-road performance, and cutting edge features. In this 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk vs 2018 Subaru Crosstrek comparison, we are looking at the Trail Rated model of this refreshed Jeep crossover and the elite Limited trim of the Subaru Crosstrek.

The 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is an elite, off-road optimized model that still offers attractive interior dimensions for daily driving and bold engine performance, including more maximum towing power than you can get on the Subaru. This model comes at a higher price tag than even the top 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Limited model, but it also delivers a whole host of unique advantages that aren’t available on any 2018 Crosstrek trim.

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2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk vs 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Limited
$28,695 Trim Starting MSRP $26,295
2.4-L 4-cylinder (180 hp) Engine 2.0-L 4-cylinder (152 hp)
2,000 pounds Maximum Towing 1,500 pounds
59.8 cubic feet Cargo Space 55.3 cubic feet

Off-Roading Features on the 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Those who are interested in any Trailhawk Jeep model probably have a need for bold off-roading. While the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek offers slightly more ground clearance than the 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk (coming in at 8.7 inches compared to 8.5 inches on the Jeep model) it is not available with many of the other off-road features that earned the 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk a Jeep Trail Rated badge. These include skid plates, all terrain tires, red tow hooks, an off-road optimized suspension, unique front and rear fascia designed to maximize approach and departure angles, and 17-inch wheels. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with all-wheel drive, but the 2018 Compass Trailhawk model is equipped with 4x4 drive with Jeep’s Active Drive Low Mode, which offers a 20:1 crawl ratio perfect for adventuring where there are no roads.

The 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk also offers the most powerful engine in this comparison. Its 2.4-liter four-cylinder is rated for 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, which is a definite advantage over the 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque available with the 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder engine on the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.

Both of the models in this 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk vs 2018 Subaru Crosstrek comparison offer attractive day-to-day driving and dimensions, but fans of true off-roading will fall in love with the elite features that come standard on the Jeep model. To learn more about the Trailhawk trim of the Jeep Compass, or test drive one in the Twin Cities area, contact a member of the Fury Motors South St. Paul sales team today.


rear view of a black 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk
front view of a blue 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk
white seating in the 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk
steering wheel and infotainment system of the 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk


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