Jeep Compass Trailhawk
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
Jeep Compass

2020 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 2020 Jeep Compass expands the availability of key safety features to the base Sport model. Autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert are among the features now available on Sport. Compass is a compact crossover SUV that slots between Jeep’s subcompact Renegade and compact Cherokee in size and price. Compass was redesigned for 2017. Seven trim levels are offered: Sport, Latitude, Sun and Wheel, Altitude, Limited, High Altitude, 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 6-speed manual is available with both front-wheel drive and 4WD. A 2-speed transfer case with a low-ratio for off-road use is standard on Trailhawk. Available features include forward-collision warning, 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: $23,600
4WD Sport: $25,100
Latitude: $26,850
4WD Latitude: $26,850
Sun and Wheel: $27,745
Altitude: $28,250
4WD Altitude: $29,770
4WD Trailhawk: $31,170
Limited: $29,900
4WD Limited: $31,400
High Altitude: $31,895
4WD High Altitude: $33,395

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