2017 Jeep Compass

Pros: Comfortable ride; roomy cabin within the compact exterior dimensions; off-road ability in Trailhawk trim

Cons: Powertrain isn’t quite as refined as some class competitors; thick rear roof pillars impede visibility; so-so fuel economy

CG Says: The Jeep Compass lineup gets a bit confusing for 2017—it consists of both carryover previous-generation models (which are being phased out) and an all-new redesigned version. This review covers the redesigned Compass; check out our 2016 Compass review for an evaluation of the previous-generation model. The new Compass replaces both the outgoing Compass and the Patriot in Jeep’s model lineup; it slots between the subcompact Renegade and compact Cherokee in size and price. Four trim levels are offered: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and off-road-oriented Trailhawk. The sole engine is a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four cylinder. Front-wheel-drive Compasses have a 6-speed automatic transmission, while 4WD models have a 9-speed automatic. A six-speed manual is available with both front-wheel drive and 4WD. A two-speed transfer case with a low-ratio for off-road use is standard on Trailhawk. Available features include forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and mitigation, blind-spot alert, rear cross-path detection, hill-descent control, and panoramic sunroof. In top-line Trailhawk trim, the new Compass boast off-road capabilities that can top most any class competitor (that isn’t another Jeep). The Compass’s drivetrain doesn’t quite measure up to some rivals in terms of power, fuel economy, and transmission refinement. However, competitive pricing, decent interior space for the size, a pleasing on-road driving personality, and up-to-date available features make the Compass a worthwhile contender.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Jeep
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Sport: $20,995
4WD Sport: $22,495
Latitide: $24,295
4WD Latitude: $24,295
4WD Trailhawk: $28,595
4WD Limited: $28,995

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
180
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic, 9-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-32