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.
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 Compass got a refresh for 2022 with altered exterior style and a heavily revised interior design and controls layout.
Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, and lane keeping assistance are now standard on all trim levels.