Road Test/ 100
Predicted Reliability/ 5
Predicted Owner Satisfaction/ 5
The new Compass, which slots above the Renegade and below the Cherokee, is better than its uncompetitive and outclassed predecessor. Power comes from a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder--an engine we found to be unrefined and sluggish. Most versions have the nine-speed automatic which is neither smooth nor responsive. Handling isn't agile although secure when pushed. The ride is rather stiff and jittery. The rear seat is too low and flat. The optional 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system is excellent. Available safety features include forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and a rearview camera. The Trailhawk is designed to look more off-road ready but the Compass is not intended for such demanding conditions. Overall, other than the allure of the Jeep brand, the Compass trails the competition in several key metrics.