The 2017 Compass is a late arrival in the model year and with good reason – it has been completely redesigned and looks to be a significant upgrade from previous versions. The all-new model, which made its debut at the LA Auto Show, looks to put Jeep back a more serious player in the compact crossover class.
The new Compass looks like a mini-Grand Cherokee completed with the slotted grille, bulging fenders, and slowly rising body sides. The model is aerodynamic and sleek, much more visually appealing than outgoing Jeep compact crossovers.
The Compass comes with a variety of options including a large Uconnect infotainment system, an off-roading version (Trailhawk), and dual panel sunroof. The model’s platform is actually modified and extended from the smaller Jeep Renegade.
Engine & Off-roading
The Compass will only offer one engine in the U.S., the 2.4-liter four-cylinder Tigershark engine, which outputs 180 horsepower. The engine will get you up to freeway speed but by no means is acceleration brisk. Auto stop/start is a standard feature.
The engine has been featured in the Renegade and other Fiat models for several years. However, it will come in three transmission configurations in the Compass, a base six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, or 4×4 models get the nine-speed automatic.
The Compass will live up to it’s go anywhere theme and Trail Rated® badge. The model features Jeep Active Drive Low and Jeep Active Drive technologies, which can route all available torque to the wheel with the most traction. The Compass will certainly vie for best compact off-road SUV on the market. However, the Compass is well-suited for city streets and freeways as well with its unibody frame, and creature comforts such as available Apply CarPlay or Android Auto.
What the Compass Limited Offers
Drivers may want to step up to the more luxurious trim line, the Compass Limited 4×4. The Limited has a fuel economy rating of 22 mpg city, 30 mph highway, which is competitive for its class. It has a fuel range of 405 miles and a base price of $28,995. Jeep also charges a destination charge of a whopping $1,095, which puts the price of the 2017 Compass Limited in excess of 30K.
The Compass comes standard with an 8.4-Inch Uconnect® touchscreen, a two tone black roof, leather trimmed seats with perforated inserts, and available heated ront seats. The other Compass trim lines are the Sport, starting at $20,995, Latitude which starts at $24,295 and the stylish Trailhawk®, which starts at $28,595.
One area the Compass falls a bit short is in cargo capacity. With the rear seats folded, the model delivers 59.8 cubic feet. Competitors such as the RAV4 and CR-V deliver between 73 and 76 cubic feet.
Soon to Seen Across the U.S.
Jeep’s new crossover SUV has been nicknamed the “Compatriot”, a portmanteau created by Jeep fans combing the two Jeep SUVs it’s replacing, the Compass and departing Patriot. But Jeep will simply call this model the Compass. The 2017 Compass’ release date is late Spring 2017 for the U.S. and like the Renegade, will be assembled in Mexico.
Interested in learning more about how the Compass fares against competitors? Check out this video below.