Dodge Journey vs Jeep Compass

The Dodge Journey and Jeep Compass are two strong options if you’re browsing a used car dealership in Chicagoland and looking for a vehicle that falls somewhere between a car and an SUV. The Dodge Journey is considered a midsize SUV while the Jeep Compass is a compact SUV. That said, either vehicle could potentially be a great fit for a wide variety of customers.

To help inform your decision between these two options when you visit a used SUV dealership in Illinois, here’s a quick overview of the key facts about these two SUVs.

The Dodge Journey

As a midsize SUV, the Dodge Journey provides the ample cargo and passenger space you’d expect from an SUV without the unwieldy size.



This vehicle can comfortably seat up to seven passengers with plenty of room left over in the cargo space. The infotainment options are intuitive, particularly on the newer models. All of the new models come with a generously sized touch screen from which you can make calls, play music, and navigate.


If you’re familiar with Dodge vehicles, you’ll know that they’re well-known for their rugged good looks. The Dodge Journey is no exception, especially in the more recent 2018 and 2019 models.


On most models, you’ll have the option to choose between AWD and FWD and a V6 or a V4 engine. On older base models, the Journey is equipped with a V4 engine that gets about 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway but the 2019 Journey has base models with an option for a V6.

The Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass is a well-outfitted compact SUV with the ability to serve your needs as an offroader, a commuter car, and a family transporter.




The interior of the compact SUV is perfectly equipped to make even long rides more comfortable and enjoyable. The vehicle seats up to five passengers and provides for plenty of cargo space for groceries, luggage, or recreational equipment. And though the Compass is as rugged as any other Jeep you’ll find at a used Jeep dealership in Illinois, it’s also got a luxurious interior with quality trim levels.


If you’re a fan of the Jeep aesthetic, you’ll be a fan of the Jeep Compass. In its design, its closet comparable vehicle is the Grand Cherokee. Of course, though it looks similar to the Grand Cherokee, the Compass is much smaller and distinctive in its own right.


With the Jeep Compass, you’ll have the option to choose between the four-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive. The four-wheel-drive will result in lower fuel efficiency but not by too much. Expect Jeep Compasses to get 20 to 23 mpg in the city and 23 to 30 mpg on the highway, with total horsepower of 158 to 172, depending on the model year.

If you’re on the fence between the Compass and the Journey, your best bet is to come down to Hawk Auto, a used car dealership in Illinois, to see what it’s like to drive these SUVs for yourself.

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