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.
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2016 Jeep Compass Overview
What's New for 2016
The Compass sees little change for its final year in the lineup.
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:
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.
2016 Jeep Compass Review
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.
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.
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
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.
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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