Compare the Subaru Forester to the Jeep Compass

See where the Forester beats the competition

Compare Small SUVs: Subaru Forester vs. Jeep Compass

Small SUVs are perfect for people in Helena, MT because they're easy to maneuver in the city while also being capable of muscling through snow or rough terrain. Placer Subaru has numerous SUVs for sale at reasonable prices. This includes new Subaru vehicles as well as used crossovers from other brands. The Subaru Forester and Jeep Compass are both capable SUVs, but it helps to know more about both before you make a buying decision. We offer this comparison to assist Townsend drivers with their choice.


Fuel Economy

Subaru Forester

Most people in the Helena Valley want a compact SUV that's fuel efficient, so they'll pay less for gasoline. The Subaru Forester gets 33 mpg on the highway when properly equipped.

Jeep Compass

Front-wheel drive Jeep Compass models get 31 mpg on the highway. Four-wheel drive Compasses get 30 mpg in highway driving.

Off-Road Capability

Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester isn't known for its off-road prowess, but it comes standard with symmetrical all-wheel drive that allows it to venture off the beaten path to some degree.

Cargo Space

Subaru Forester

People in Helena want an SUV that can hold all their travelling supplies. The Subaru Forester has more cargo space than most compact SUVs, with more than 76 cubic feet of room when its rear seats are folded down.

Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass has just under 60 cubic feet of total cargo space, though it does have convenient small-item storage areas throughout its cabin.


Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester has an attractive interior that's filled with quality materials. You won't feel cramped inside the cabin because it has 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume.

Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass has a well-built interior with adult-friendly seating in both rows. However, it only has 99.6 cubic feet of passenger volume.



Subaru Forester

A good infotainment system makes long journeys seem shorter. The Subaru Forester's Starlink infotainment system has a quick learning curve, and the touch screen is reactive and easy to read from the driver's seat. The only downside is that it has a secondary display at the top of the dashboard, and it can take some time to figure out which screen shows what information.

Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass's Uconnect infotainment system is known for being user-friendly. Townsend drivers will appreciate its crisp graphics and responsive, well-arranged menus.

Safety Features

Subaru Forester

There's nothing more important than the safety of you and your family. Safety-conscious people in in Montana City and the Helena Valley alike will like that the Subaru Forester comes standard with EyeSight® driver assist technology, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane keep assist.

Jeep Compass

The only standard active safety feature in the Jeep Compass is a rearview camera. If you want more driver assistance features, you must pay more to add them.

Visit Placer Subaru in Helena and Test Drive Your Favorite Model

The Subaru Forester and Jeep Compass are both top-notch small SUVs. The Forester is more practical for families because of its larger cargo hold and wealth of standard safety equipment. But the Jeep Compass out-performs the Forester on rough trails and has a better infotainment system. These are just two SUVs you may find in our new Subaru or used inventory at Placer Subaru. Visit us and test drive one today.

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