Rugged and flawed. The Jeep Compass has had its ups and downs over the years, but its latest refresh gives it a sharper look inside and out. Add to that a rugged Trailhawk model, and you have a nice combination. However, it may not stack up to the competition with an iffy powertrain and a few other shortcomings. See if it can hold its own against the competition below.

Nice-looking cabin but needs better seats. The cabin of the 2022 Jeep Compass looks pretty good, as it pulls in some of the more premium features found in the larger Grand Cherokee, like the two-tone dash and some upscale materials. It’s still a far cry from its big sibling, but it’s sharp for the class it’s in.

Roominess isn’t bad in the Compass, as rear passengers enjoy up to 38.3 inches of legroom. This easily beats the Subaru Crosstrek (36.5 inches), Ford Bronco Sport (36.9), and Hyundai Kona (34.6 inches). However, the seats are flat and not very comfortable. The front seats suffer the same issue.

Competent off-roader, but the powertrain is rough. In its Trailhawk garb, the Compass transforms into a surprisingly capable off-road rig. No, it won’t be rock-crawling anytime soon, but basic trail roaming will be met with ease thanks to 8.6 inches of ground clearance, a stout AWD system, and simulated crawl gears. The Bronco Sport comes close to matching in this area, but all other competitors are soft-roaders at best.

Under its hood, the 2022 Compass has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 177 horsepower. This isn’t bad for a standard unit, but that’s all it has. The Bronco has an available 245-hp 2.0-liter, making the Compass look like a toy. Plus, the Compass’ nine-speed automatic transmission is clunky at best.

Good tech all around. The 2022 Jeep Compass does a great job focusing on technology, whether it's safety tech or fun tech. On the fun side, it comes standard with an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Plus, it has USB-A and -C ports for everyone.

For comparison, this easily beats the Crosstrek and Kona, with their 6.5- and seven-inch touchscreens, respectively. The Kia Seltos and Bronco get close with eight-inch touchscreens, but neither has wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Compass also comes decked with standard safety gear, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. This matches or exceeds every competitor.

Final thoughts. The 2022 Jeep Compass is a delicate combination of a premium-looking compact crossover and a legit off-road machine. It struggles a bit in seating comfort, but it makes up for this with its great standard tech and rugged Trailhawk model.

Buyers looking for a more traditional SUV look will find this in the Bronco Sport. The Bronco also provides a far better choice of powertrains. Alternatively, Jeep does offer the Cherokee with many of the same features, as well as in an optional Trailhawk configuration.

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