One of four compact crossovers available from Jeep, the venerable 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 2017 models, the Compass will be history.
What's New for 2017
The Limited model has left the lineup.
Choosing Your Jeep Compass
The Compass starts out with a 2-liter four cylinder engine with 158 horsepower and your choice of a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The optional 172-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder comes with the manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The larger engine is required 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 four 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. The Freedom Drive packages are available on all trims, which means you can choose where to concentrate your options budget: on comfort and convenience or off-road performance.