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2018 Jeep Compass OVERVIEW
The 2018 Jeep Compass enters its first full model year after a sweeping redesign, receiving the most minor of updates. That's no bad thing – the Compass continues to bridge the gap between the tiny Renegade and the polarizing Cherokee, offering a right-sized character and a comfortable driving experience.
What's New for 2018
The Limited trim gets a front-wheel drive option.
Choosing Your Jeep Compass
The Compass is available in four trims — Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited.
All the variants get the same 2.4-liter inline-four engine that produces 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The Sport, Latitude, and Limited variants are available in both, front-wheel and all-wheel drive arrangements, but the off-road-focused Trailhawk is unsurprisingly only available with all-wheel drive.
Depending on the variant, gearbox options include a base six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, or a nine-speed automatic. The manual is available on front and all-wheel drive versions of the Sport and the all-wheel-drive Latitude, while the six-speed auto is optional on the front-drive Sport and standard on the front-drive Latitude.
The nine-speed auto is optional on the all-wheel drive Sport and Latitude and is standard on the Limited and Trailhawk. The all-wheel drive models get Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud drive modes and the automatic variants get the engine start-stop function – the Trailhawk adds a dedicated Rock mode, for crawling over really rough trails.
The Compass Sport is the most fuel-efficient model in the line-up, with its front-wheel drive variant returning 23 miles per gallon in city and 31 mpg on the highway. However, other models aren’t very far off, all returning 22 miles per gallon in city and 30 or 31 mpg highway.
The Compass Sport is a bit under-equipped for our liking but the Latitude and Limited trims provide great value for money. Being a Jeep, we think that you should go for the all-wheel drive configuration only. Which of these two trims you choose will depend on how much you want to customize your car – the additional packages on the Latitude are better suited for that.