|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2018 Jeep Compass
|Limited||2.4L I-4||FWD||6A||8.7 sec||16.7 sec @ 83 mph||22/31/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Sport||2.4L I-4||AWD||9A||9.3 sec||17.1 sec @ 82 mph||22/30/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
2017 Jeep Compass
|Limited||2.4L I-4||4x4||9A||10.5 sec||17.8 sec @ 76.1 mph||22/30/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Sport||2.4L I-4||4x4||6M||8.4 sec||16.6 sec @ 83 mph||22/31/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Trailhawk||2.4L I-4||4x4||9A||8.9 sec||16.9 sec @ 82 mph||22/30/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Trailhawk||2.4L I-4||4x4||9A||9.4 sec||17.2 sec @ 77.2 mph||22/30/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2016 Jeep Compass
|75th Anniversary Edition||2.4L I-4||4x4||6A||9.5 sec||17.3 sec @ 82 mph||20/26/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
2013 Jeep Compass
|Latitude||2.4L I-4||4x4||CVT||9.8 sec||17.5 sec @ 81.8 mph||21/26/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2012 Jeep Compass
|Latitude||2.4L I-4||4x4||CVT||9.6 sec||17.4 sec @ 83 mph||21/26/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
2011 Jeep Compass
|Limited 70th Anniversary Edition||2.4L I-4||4x4||CVT||9.2 sec||17.3 sec @ 82 mph||20/23/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
2010 Jeep Compass
|Sport||2.4L I-4||FWD||CVT||8.3 sec||16.5 sec @ 84 mph||21/25/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
2007 Jeep Compass
|Limited||2.4L I-4||4x4||CVT||9.5 sec||17.5 sec @ 82 mph||20/24/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Limited||2.4L I-4||4x4||5M||9.4 sec||17.0 sec @ 84 mph||22/27/26 mpg||Motor Week|
About Jeep Compass
Every car manufacturer has to have that one model that cuts down on some of the non-essential designs and features in order to craft something that is just as efficient but at a reasonably low price. For the case of Jeep, the Jeep Compass is that vehicle.
The Jeep Compass is a few notches down when compared to the Jeep Cherokee or the brand new Jeep Renegade. As a matter of fact the Compass hasn’t changed much at all since last year and that may be because of Jeep’s current attention being poured on the Grand Cherokee and the new Renegade line.
Still, the Compass makes for a great choice when you’re looking at affordable SUVs – although in this particular case, the Compass is more like a hatchback than an actual SUV.
Curious to know how much was trimmed and if it’s still worth a look? Here’s a rundown of its important specs below.
Specs of the Jeep Compass:
- Engine: 2.0L 4-Cylinder
- Power: 158Hp / 141 ft-lbs
- Transmission: Automatic (6-Speed Automatic optional)
- Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
- Curb Weight: 3097 lbs
- Seating: 5
- MPG: 23 mpg City / 30 mpg Highway
- MSRP: Starting at $18,995
Yes, one look at these specs and you know that the Jeep Compass isn’t all that powerful, especially with the disappointing 2.0L 4-Cylinder engine. Higher trims and additional options do make way for a 2.4L Inline-4 that packs up to 172HP but for the standard set you’re not getting more than what you really need.
Driving the Jeep Compass
Granted, with specs such as those listed above you should expect sluggish acceleration and less power but it is still enough for light off-road driving. It’s credible enough for some adventure but it won’t be the best choice for all-terrain driving or when you’re planning for really rough roads.
That being said, the Compass is more of a hatchback car than a full-force SUV and that does have a few benefits in the way. For one, you are getting better suspension and tracking when driving on the road. Weight distribution is more even and you’ll feel more solid when driving on concrete.
It is still a bit more difficult to maneuver and that the steering is nothing really to write home about but it is still adequate for anyone intending to just drive from home to work and vice versa. If you just need a bigger ride for more space then this is the ideal choice.
Interior of the Jeep Compass
The lower trims feature cloth interiors while the upper tiers feature leather. Upper tiers also feature a foldable front passenger seat which is perfect for additional space, especially if you have to haul in long items like a surf board.
Unfortunately, the lower trims do not feature height adjustment for the driver’s seat and none of them have a telescoping steering wheel, making it inconveniently difficult to find the best driving position. Luckily, it makes up for this with space.
You get a two-row design that fits five passengers and there is a lot of leg room for backseat passengers. If you’re getting a Compass because of the extra space instead of driving off road then it immensely satisfies.
Visually, the Compass resembles the Grand Cherokee more than it does the Wrangler and this is because of the choice for rounder edges. You still get the now-familiar front grilles but there is little more to make this look like a masculine choice for the road. There are no power-operated tailgates but skidplates and a front tow hook is optional.
All in all, it looks like a Jeep but with less “attitude”.
Pricing the Jeep Compass
The Jeep Compass is definitely one of the more affordable choices in the Jeep lineup, with the base Sport trim costing just a little under $19,900. For the lowest trim this is very reasonable and you wouldn’t really want to go anywhere above this because the value diminishes quickly.
You would have to spend roughly a bit over $30,000 for the highest trim with all the best options added but for the same price you can get the much more powerful, much more commendable Jeep Cherokee.
If it had to come to pricing, the higher trims are not justifiable but if you’re just going for the least expensive model then the Compass becomes passable and even reliable for its purposes.
This is definitely a compact SUV for casual off-road driving and a lot of city driving because of the way it compensates for its weight and lack of power. As mentioned above, spending too much money on the Compass is not worth it – but if you’re spending just enough for the lower trims then you are getting a good vehicle for the right price.
It’s more of a “spacious hatchback” than a powerhouse off-road SUV and that’s fine. Not everyone wants a big vehicle for adventuring. Some just want something affordable but just as spacious and that is what you get with the Jeep Compass.
To read more about the Jeep Compass, visit the official Jeep website.
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