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2021 Jeep Compass: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 7, 2020

Model Preview

The second-generation Jeep Compass arrived in 2017, and it has gone through a few tweaks since but has remained mostly unchanged. With its looks still relatively fresh, we expect the 2021 Jeep Compass to be a carryover model.

As a carryover, we expect the 2021 Jeep Compass to retain the model’s Grand Cherokee-inspired looks that include a seven-slot grille, thin headlights with accents, black body cladding, and more. Around back, the Compass separates itself from its Grand Cherokee big brother with unique taillight graphics. An available contrasting roof also puts a divide between this compact crossover and the Grand Cherokee.

We also expect no changes inside the 2021 Jeep Compass. If this proves true, it will continue with the same simple yet clean design it’s had since its 2017 redesign. This includes a logical and tidy array of buttons and knobs beneath a standard 7-inch touchscreen, the upmarket Jeep steering wheel with a thick rim and pronounced center section, and a shapely dash. While this design will remain relatively simple looking and a bit downmarket in its lesser-equipped base model, the Limited and Trailhawk models will push its premium look and feel with upscale materials and features.

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We expect the 2021 Jeep Compass to continue with the same powertrain options, which include a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. This power will slip through a standard six-speed manual transmission and out to the front wheels. The more common driveline will include a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, but you can also get all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Buyers who opt for the more rugged Trailhawk model will also continue to get 8.4 inches of ground clearance, all-wheel drive, and a 20-to-1 crawl ratio.

The current Compass just missed being an IIHS Top Safety Pick due to its “Marginal” and “Poor” headlight ratings, but it aced all other tests, including the front-crash prevention. The latter, however, is with its optional automatic emergency braking, which is available as part of the Advanced Safety Group package. Buyers can also opt for active lane control, automatic high beam headlights, blind-spot monitors, rain-sensing wipers, and active parking assist with front and rear sensors. We expect the 2021 Compass to continue with the same safety equipment and ratings.

Pricing & Release Date

Jeep has not announced an official on-sale date for the 2021 Compass, but we expect it to follow last year’s schedule and arrive in the fall of 2020.

With no changes coming, we expect pricing to remain the same as the current model, which ranges from $25,100 to $31,400 (destination fees included).

This compact crossover will compete with the Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain, and Hyundai Tucson.

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