Right from the trailhead, the redesigned Compass comes up short in the white-hot small SUV market, earning the dubious distinction as the lowest-rated model in its class. It doesn't measure up in several ways. Factor in a price that's typically higher than better competitors, and the result is that shoppers should be driven in another direction.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
NA
2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
NA
2014
NA
2015
NA
2016
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2017
NA
2018
2019
NA
2020
NA
2021
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2008
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2009
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2010
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2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
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2014
NA
2015
NA
2016
NA
2017
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2019
2020
2021
NA
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

Right from the trailhead, the redesigned Compass comes up short in the white-hot small SUV market, earning the dubious distinction as the lowest-rated model in its class. It doesn't measure up in several ways. Factor in a price that's typically higher than better competitors, and the result is that shoppers should be driven in another direction.

The second-generation Compass shares much of its underpinnings with its smaller sibling, the Jeep Renegade. It draws styling inspiration from the Grand Cherokee, namely in the grille and with its softly squared-off edges. But don’t let the similar looks deceive you into thinking this is a worthy heir to the Jeep off-road legacy. Even the Trailhawk version with its raised ride height and red tow hooks is largely for show.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD, AWD, Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 9-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (180 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Jeep Compass owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"The car would not start at all."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Jeep Compass Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"defective relay caused intermittent outage with one or both headlights."

Anonymous, (2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"The radio has shut off on its own. The lights that illuminate P,R,D,M on the gear shift don't work 99% of the time. The bezel often comes loose."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Jeep Compass Latitude 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"Various systems didn't work"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Jeep Compass Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Left front tire presser monitor went bad and caused the entire warning system to show trouble lights and blew both batteries as well."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Jeep Compass Latitude 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Will not register with U-Connect or provide graphics or location information"

Anonymous, CT (2018 Jeep Compass Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Some days there is neither radio or Bluetooth. Eight hours later both become operational"

Anonymous, CT (2018 Jeep Compass Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"Electric Circuit failed for turning off car when stopped"

Anonymous, WA (2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Has trouble shifting into the proper gear especially between 30 and 40 mph. Whines because it is in the wrong gear."

Richard W., NY (2018 Jeep Compass Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission seems to not be able to fully engage in a gear. Makes a groaning noise which goes away when I move the selector lever to the left (manual shift position)."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Jeep Compass Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"After leaving the car on idle for a few minutes, the service transmission and service engine lights turn on. Then, when I put it into gear, you hear a loud bang. If the light turns on while driving, the car won't change gears. I would then have to turn the car off, and then back on until the service transmission light goes off."

Anonymous, PR (2018 Jeep Compass Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The computer malfunctioned and was replaced by a dealer."

Ryan F., MI (2018 Jeep Compass 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When the vehicle is in Parking with the engine running, check engine and service transmission indicators light up and the transmission didn't change gears , this issues disappear if I turn off the engine and let if off for a while. Also the feature : automatic start/stop stopped working ."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Jeep Compass Latitude 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Had the oil changed twice since I leased the vehicle. Both times I got back home only to have oil leaking onto my driveway. Last time I returned to the dealer only to be told that the oil filter was loose."

Richard W., NY (2018 Jeep Compass Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"right from the start, starts out in 4wd at 50 mph shifts into 2wd it makes the most ungodly noise and vibrate till it gets done shifting,sometimes it may tatake upto 4 miles or i may have to shift back into 4wd and shift out againg.in the first 10000 miles i had 3 power transfer units in it and it was setting in the shop fore 1 month waiting for parts to come from heaven knows where. i doubt if i will ever be able to sell it or trade it in. IT IS A PIECE OF CRAP!!!!!!!!!"

Anonymous, (2018 Jeep Compass Latitude 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"Around 35-40 mph and 1500RPMs, makes a humming noise which sounds like the engine revving higher than normal. There is a software update to handle it, but you can turn off traction control and the noise goes away."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Jeep Compass Latitude 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"When it was below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, the front window iced up on the inside. The dealership fixed it."

Anonymous, (2018 Jeep Compass Latitude 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Burnt oil and ran dry. Went into limp home mode. Towed to dealer and engine rebuilt/ replaced in 2 days."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Starter

"Now since yesterday the car starter fail , I tested the battery voltage and was good . I use a jumper cables and after more than half hours it starts. I have to replace the battery to see if that is the problem."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Jeep Compass Latitude 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

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