Jeep Compass Trailhawk
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
Jeep Compass

2018 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 2018 Jeep Compass adds a front-wheel-drive version of its topline Limited trim. Previously, Limited was only available with 4WD. Compass is a compact crossover SUV that slots between Jeep’s 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 Trailhawk trim, Compass boasts 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: $22,090
4WD Sport: $23,590
Latitude: $25,390
4WD Latitude: $25,390
4WD Trailhawk: $29,790
Limited: $27,700
4WD Limited: $30,190

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

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