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2021 Jeep Compass

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2021 Sport 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $24,495
2021 Sport 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $25,995
2021 Latitude 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,425
2021 Latitude 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $27,925
2021 80th Special Edition 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,695
2021 Limited 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,895
2021 80th Special Edition 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $30,195
2021 Limited 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $31,395
2021 Trailhawk 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $31,395
Expert Rating
2.5 (Fair)

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: 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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What's New

The 2021 Jeep Compass remains one of the cheapest of the brand's vehicles, but that doesn't mean it sacrifices the off-road, go-anywhere credibility associated with the brand. Its available four-wheel drive and a dirt-loving Trailhawk model continue to give it unique standing in a class dominated by the likes of the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

For 2021, Limited and Trailhawk models now come standard with a full complement of active safety features, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. The lower trims continue to make do without any of these features as standard equipment.

Also new for this year is an 80th Anniversary Edition, celebrating 80 years of Jeep production. The package includes unique colors, trim, and badging, and is based on the mid-tier Latitude model.

Choosing Your Jeep Compass

Jeep offers the Compass in four trim level: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing starts at $25,410 including destination for the base Sport model and culminates at $32,310 for the top-spec Trailhawk.

Engine Choices

There isn't much choice here, as all Compass models get the same 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder. It doesn't sport a turbocharger, which is why output is a rather modest 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque.

Front-wheel drive is standard on the three lower trims, with four-wheel drive optional for $1,500. All Trailhawks get four-wheel drive as mandatory equipment. The Compass is rated to tow up to 2,000 pounds, but only when paired with AWD.

In prior years most Compass variants came standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but its near-zero take rate means the do-it-yourself gearbox has been axed from the lineup. Now all front-drive models get matched up to a six-speed automatic, while four-wheel drive versions upgrade to a nine-speed automatic.

Losing the manual means gas mileage suffers silently compared to last year. It's rated by the EPA to return 22 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 combined, or 22/30/25 mpg (city/highway/combined) with AWD.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Compass seats five passengers, with the back seat getting a spacious 38 inches of leg room. Its 55 inches of shoulder room should be adequate for three passengers to ride abreast comfortably.

Cargo space behind the rear seat checks in at 27 cubic feet; lowering the rear seats bumps that figure to just shy of 60 cubic feet. This trails the segment leaders but is still competitive with the brunt of the class.

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Safety Features

The Compass remains among an ever-dwindling group of new vehicles that doesn't come standard with a single active safety feature. Things are looking up this year, however, as the Limited and Trailhawk models now get automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and lane departure warning.

The Sport is unavailable with any of the driver assist features, but the Latitude bundles all this equipment in the $1,395 Driver Assist Group.


Sport and Latitude models package Jeep's Uconnect infotainment system into a 7-touchscreen; the Limited and Trailhawk upgrade to an 8.4-inch touchscreen. All models get standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and all but the Sport get SiriusXM satellite radio as well.

The bigger screen can also be upgraded with navigation, HD radio, and wi-fi capability through the Elite Interior Group ($1,395 on the Limited, $1,695 on the Trailhawk).

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Sport - From $25,410

The cheapest Compass sticks to the basics when it comes to features: 16-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, and a 3.5-inch driver information display are some of its few noteworthy features. A six-speaker audio system, two 12-volt outlets, and two USB ports round out its appeal.

Buyers can add heated front seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and remote start if they splurge for the $995 Cold Weather Group option package.

Latitude - From $27,410

Stepping up to the Compass Latitude buys an eight-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, vinyl-and-cloth upholstery, and satellite radio. From the outside, body-colored trim and 17-inch wheels give it a more premium appearance.

The $1,195 Convenience Group brings little luxuries like an additional power out, a 7-inch driver information center, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and remote start.

Two sub-trims are available on the Latitude. The Altitude ($1,420) blacks out the exterior, while the 80th Anniversary Edition ($23,000) sports 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, the 8.4-inch touchscreen, and commemorative badging.

Limited - From $30,810

The most luxurious Compass boasts the contents of the Advanced Safety Group and Convenience Group, as well as leather upholstery and the 8.4-inch touchscreen. On the outside, 18-inch wheels and two-tone paint add some extra zest to the aesthetic.

Trailhawk - From $32,310

The priciest Compass is also the most capable. The Trailhawk starts out with mandatory all-wheel drive and the accompanying nine-speed automatic. Other standard hardware include an extra-short final drive ratio, 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, red tow hooks, and a small suspension lift that results in 8.5 inches of ground clearance. On the inside, buyers will find unheated, manual-adjustment leather-and-cloth seats and some exclusive trim.

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CarsDirect Tip

Of the 2021 Jeep Compass lineup, the 80th Anniversary Edition is our choice, as it gets a heap of standard equipment that, if it were optioned onto other trims, would drive the cost up to questionable heights. Oh, and definitely upgrade to four-wheel drive. Besides befitting the off-road image Jeep has carefully cultivated over the years, it won't cost hardly any more at the gas pump.

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Expert Review

  • Sharp exterior
  • Great cargo space
  • Go-anywhere Trailhawk
  • Boring to drive
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Not a great value
  • Lower trims lack safety features
Expert Rating
2.5 (Fair)

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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Somewhere in between. In many ways, the 2021 Jeep Compass feels like it’s filling in the gaps. Though it's considered a compact SUV, It slots in between the smaller Jeep Renegade and the midsize Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Its looks are a mix, too. The Compass scales down the Cherokee’s grille and headlights, adding enough curves to differentiate itself from the boxy Renegade or Jeep Wrangler. All the same, roof rails and exposed cladding make sure that everyone knows the Compass is ready for adventure.

All those elements give the Compass a split personality. It’s part urban, part rugged. In that space, it goes up against the likes of the Subaru Crosstrek and Hyundai Tucson.

Bland on road, impressive off. The Compass doesn’t distinguish itself with its on-road behavior. Every model gets the same 180-horsepower engine, which is adequate but unremarkable. Underneath is an independent suspension, which is composed over rough city pavement but hampered by light and vague steering.

Lower trims and front-wheel-drive models get a six-speed automatic transmission, while upper trims and all-wheel-drive models get nine cogs. This is a rare instance where we preferred the simpler transmission, as the nine-speed box sometimes struggles to find the right gear.

The Trailhawk trim raises the ride height and swaps in stiffer springs for 8.4 inches of road clearance and surprising off-road ability. Its transmission gets a super-low first gear that simulates a crawl ratio, and it helps the Compass navigate rocky paths and steep descents.

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Better for things than people. Cabin space in the Compass isn’t terrible, but it isn’t great, either. Rear passengers get a reasonable 38.3 inches of leg room, but the narrow cockpit means that fitting three abreast is a struggle.

We have more complaints about the seating, which is unsupportive in both rows. In front, thin bolsters and padding make road trips uncomfortable. The rear bench is relatively flat, and it does little to cradle passengers.

Where the Compass redeems itself is utility. Cargo space starts at 27.2 cubic feet, which is excellent for the class. The rear seats fold down to open up nearly 60 cubes, which is even better. Both numbers make the Compass impressively practical for its size.

Sibling rivalry. As capable as the Compass Trailhawk is, it starts over $32,000. From there, it’s only a small jump to the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, which is more spacious and even more trail-ready. Plus, the Wrangler can pop off its roof, which is a trick the Compass can’t match.

The Compass doesn’t help its value proposition elsewhere, as it lacks features most competitors include. Upper trims gain active safety features for 2021, but basics like automatic emergency braking aren’t available on the base Sport trim. As more and more manufacturers make driver aids standard, Jeep looks increasingly old-fashioned.

To get the most out of the Compass, we’d recommend the Latitude trim. It gets synthetic leather and makes the safety features available, though you still have to pay $1,395 to add them. After adding that package and AWD, the Compass costs nearly $29,000, which is a tough sell against the competition.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Jeep Compass has plenty of charm to offer buyers, and we admire its combination of utility and style. If you’re looking to take your crossover away from the pavement, you could do much worse than the Trailhawk.

All the same, the Compass is let down by uncomfortable seats and an unremarkable driving experience. Those flaws, along with missing safety features and a steep pricing ladder, make it a dubious value.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 180 HP / 175 ft.lbs.
6-spd Autostick w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 31 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 180 HP / 175 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 31 / 26 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Strut
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
59.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
173.0 "
Exterior Width
73.8 "
Exterior Height
64.6 "
Front Headroom
39.2 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
41.8 "
Rear Legroom
38.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,184 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Black Styled Steel / 16.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Decal / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
6-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light / Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
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
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parksense Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
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 / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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