Current Model
The Compass is not competitive with its peers. Aside from the allure of the Jeep brand, the Compass trails the competition in several important metrics.
Power comes from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that we found to be unrefined and sluggish. The nine-speed automatic 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. Interior and exterior styling have been freshened for 2022, and the infotainment system has been updated to the latest Uconnect system with either an 8.4-inch or a 10.1-inch screen size. Active safety features such as FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, and RCTW also became standard. The Trailhawk is designed to look more off-road-ready, but the Compass is not intended for such demanding conditions.
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2017-2021
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. 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.
$22,575 - $27,450
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$20,650 - $24,650
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$19,100 - $22,725
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$16,900 - $21,775
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$13,325 - $19,950
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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.
$11,650 - $13,150
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$10,150 - $13,125
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$8,475 - $11,725
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$6,700 - $9,550
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$6,050 - $7,700
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$5,475 - $6,500
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$4,875 - $6,000
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$4,350 - $5,300
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$3,900 - $4,750
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$3,625 - $4,450
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