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The Compass, which slots above the Renegade and below the Cherokee, is not competitive with its peers. Power comes from a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that we found to be unrefined and sluggish.
Most versions have the nine-speed automatic, which is neither smooth nor responsive. Handling isn't agile, though the Jeep is 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, and blind spot warning. 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 important metrics.
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2017-2019
2017 Redesign Year
The new Compass, which slots above the Renegade and below the Cherokee, should be better than its uncompetitive and outclassed predecessor. Power comes from a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder--an engine we found to be somewhat unrefined and sluggish in other Jeeps.
Three transmission choices are available: six-speed manual, and six- and nine-speed automatics. It has a roomy rear seat and the excellent Uconnect infotainment system. Available safety features include forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and a rearview camera. The Trailhawk will be the more robust off-road version, with rock-crawling gearing and off-road tires, and the ability to tow up to 2,000 pounds. The old Compass is sold as a 2017 model alongside the new one, so make sure you don't get swayed by its likely cheaper price.
$15,375 - $19,475
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$13,450 - $18,000
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$10,875 - $17,325
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2007-2016
2007 Redesign Year
The Compass is a small, cramped, car-based SUV that shares a platform with the Dodge Caliber and the Jeep Patriot. The larger of its two engine choices, a 172-hp, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder, is sluggish and noisy.
The continuously variable transmission works well and contributes to its respectable 22 mpg overall. A 2.0-liter engine is also available. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The ride is acceptable, but handling lacks agility. The Compass seats five and has 60/40 folding rear seats. Curtain airbags and stability control with electronic roll mitigation are standard. Interior quality suffers from cheap plastics and sharp, unfinished edges. Wide rear roof pillars impede the view aft.
$9,525 - $11,150
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$7,925 - $11,925
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$6,600 - $9,525
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$5,850 - $8,425
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$5,025 - $7,550
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$4,750 - $6,375
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$4,400 - $5,625
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$3,825 - $4,900
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$3,475 - $4,075
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$2,900 - $3,600
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