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2016 Jeep Compass

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2016 Sport 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $19,695
2016 Sport 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $21,695
2016 Latitude 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $23,995
2016 Latitude 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $25,995

Overview

One of four compact crossovers available from Jeep, the Compass distinguishes itself with a bargain price and the ability to leave the road when the mood strikes. If that sounds good to you, don't wait too long to visit the dealership. After a brief run of 2016 models, the Compass will be replaced by an all-new model.

What's New for 2016

The Compass sees little change for its final year in the lineup.

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Choosing Your Jeep Compass

The Compass starts out with a 2-liter four cylinder engine with 158 horsepower and your choice of five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Certain models carry a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). A 172-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder is available on most front-drive version and is mandatory with all-wheel drive.

There are two such systems that can go into any Compass model. Freedom Drive I is an all-wheel drive setup designed for on-road use—it's similar to what you would find on other passenger-oriented crossovers. Freedom Drive II provides genuine off-road prowess thanks to a host of extra equipment: all-terrain tires, skid plates, hill start and descent assist, and a specially tuned CVT with crawl control.

The five trim levels differ mainly in comfort and convenience features:

Jeep Compass

Sport

The price leader of the group comes standard with foglamps, roof rails, air conditioning, cruise control, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player. Note that power windows and locks require the Power Value Group, which also adds heated mirrors, keyless entry, and body-color exterior trim. The Sport rolls on 16-inch alloy wheels, or 17s if you opt for the 2.4-liter engine.

Jeep Compass

Altitude

Enhances the Sport with 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels, a standard automatic transmission, black exterior trim, heated front seats in sport mesh upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. You still need to order the Power Value Group to get power windows and locks. Note that front-drive Altitude models come only with the 2-liter engine and the CVT, while all-wheel drive models get the six-speed automatic.

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Latitude

Gets the six-speed automatic and Power Value Group as standard, and then adds heated seats, a bright mesh grille, extra chrome trim inside and out, a folding passenger seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The available Security and Cargo Convenience package adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a driver information display, and a vehicle alarm system. You can also get a Sun and Sound package with a sunroof and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system with flip-down tailgate speakers and satellite radio. A navigation system with integrated audio storage is a standalone option.

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High Altitude

Builds on the basic Latitude with standard 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a power driver seat, and a sunroof. (Note that the Latitude's option packages are not available here.) As with the Altitude, the High Altitude comes only with the 2-liter engine and CVT in front-drive form.

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Limited

Your top choice in a new Compass carries the 2.4-liter engine as standard along with a bundle of handy upgrades: automatic climate control, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a touchscreen interface, a six-CD changer, and satellite radio. The Limited can get an expanded version of the Security and Cargo Convenience package with remote start, a USB port, and Bluetooth phone and audio. The Sun and Sound package and navigation system continue as options.

CarsDirect Tip

The Compass is very competitively priced across all trim levels, so you can get some nice features on the high end that might otherwise be out of reach. We like that the Freedom Drive packages are optional on all models, which means you can choose where to concentrate your options budget: on comfort and convenience or off-road performance.

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Expert Review

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The Jeep Compass debuted as an ungainly box back in 2007, but received a pleasant redesign in 2011 that drew a lot of inspiration from the Grand Cherokee. Now, five years later, the Compass seems to be holding on by a thread, rendered nearly obsolete by newer Jeep models.

Pricing and Equipment

With its Sport trim level starting at just $21,395, the Jeep Compass is priced low enough to compete with others in the compact crossover segment. What's more, the standard features in the 2016 Compass are fairly generous. They include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Keyless entry
  • Fog lights
  • Uconnect hands-free calling

If you want more standard equipment, you can move up to the Latitude trim level.

Performance Pros

Jeep Compass

There isn't much to like about the Compass's performance, but steering is well-weighted and ride quality is good for a vehicle with such a short wheelbase. We also appreciate the unusual ability to pair a manual transmission with a four-wheel drive system in a small crossover.

Performance Cons

Although the Compass looks almost like a smaller-scale version of the Grand Cherokee, it performs nothing like it.

  • Neither engine is impressive, and output maxes out at 172 horsepower
  • The Trail Rated badge comes only with the uninspiring continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • An EPA rating of 23 mpg city isn't up to small crossover standards

Interior Pros

Jeep Compass

Its cabin has long been the Compass's strong point. No, not because it is luxurious, but rather because of its simplicity and functionality paired with refined materials. It can also get pretty feature-packed in higher trim levels.

Interior Cons

Despite this, the seating position and dash design still feel dated -- especially when compared to many other Chrysler models we've tested recently.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

We think the Compass is very well equipped at higher trim levels, and this premium feel is amplified by the relatively quiet ride of the small crossover.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The inability of the Compass to act like a Jeep is a huge letdown. It lacks the power and torque needed to tackle any significant off-road driving, plus it can tow just 2,000 pounds even with the Trailer Tow Prep Group option.

The Bottom Line

With the looks of a downsized Grand Cherokee for buyers on a budget, the Compass fills a narrow niche for buyers who don't mind that the similarities are only skin-deep.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 158 HP / 141 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.4L I-4 / 172 HP / 165 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 2-spd CVT w/OD6-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 158 HP / 141 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.4L I-4 / 172 HP / 165 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Brakes
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$52
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
53.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
101 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
175.1 "
Exterior Width
71.4 "
Exterior Height
65.0 "
Front Headroom
40.7 " / 39.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.9 "
Front Legroom
40.6 "
Rear Legroom
39.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,107 Lbs. / 3,118 Lbs. / 3,181 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Painted Aluminum / 17.0 " Painted Aluminum / 18.0 " Painted Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Badging / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual / Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Body-colored W/chrome Accents / Colored
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth / Cloth/vinyl / Cloth/leather / Mopar Katzkin Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
4-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Sentry Key
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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