The 2018 Jeep® Compass expands the brand’s global reach with an unmatched combination of attributes, which includes legendary and best-in-class 4x4 off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, superior on-road driving dynamics, open-air freedom, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.
A truly global compact SUV, the 2018 Jeep Compass is manufactured in Brazil, China, Mexico and India, for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.
New for 2018
New for 2018, Jeep Compass Limited models now offer 4x2 driveline configuration
The 2018 Jeep Compass, the most capable all-new compact SUV, offered an abundance of new features with its launch for the 2017 model year:
Premium, sculptural design with a wide stance and exceptional glass-to-wheel proportions
Legendary Jeep seven-slot grille sports a fresh approach that features a Gloss Black field with individual chrome outlines around each of the seven individual slots
Available painted Gloss Black roof contributes to a unique, premium appearance in the compact-SUV segment
Sophisticated interior developed with clean, sculptured forms, signature design elements, precise technical detail, high-quality materials and state-of-the-art technology
Compass utilizes FCA’s “small-wide 4x4 architecture” for best-in-class off-road capability and superior on-road performance
Designed for Trail Rated adventures, small-wide 4x4 architecture features four-wheel independent suspension with up to 8.2 inches of wheel articulation and 8.5 inches of ground clearance
North American models powered by proven, fuel-efficient 2.4-liter MultiAir Tigershark engine producing 180 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque
Four systems with 5.0-, 7.0- and 8.4-inch touchscreen sizes
Fourth-generation Uconnect systems provide a range of available handsfree communication, entertainment and navigation features, including new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Loaded with 70 available advanced safety and security features
Jeep Compass features 17 global combinations of fuel-efficient powertrain options
Premium, distinguished, authentic Jeep exterior styling includes open-air dual-pane sunroof
Interior includes sculptured forms, high-quality materials and state-of-the-art technology
North American models, powered by the fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark, deliver superior fuel economy
Choice of three transmissions:
Class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission for 4x4 models
Six-speed automatic transmission for 4x2 models
Six-speed manual transmission for 4x2 and 4x4 models
Jeep Active Drive Low features class-leading 20:1 crawl ratio and exclusive five-mode Jeep Selec-Terrain system for best-in-class off-road performance
Selec-Terrain provides up to five modes for the best four-wheel-drive performance in any weather condition
Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes standard on all 4x4 models; Trailhawk models gain Rock mode
Trailhawk provides best-in-class Trail Rated 4x4 capability with:
Standard Jeep Active Drive Low 4x4 20:1 crawl ratio
Increased ride height of almost one inch, skid plates and Jeep signature red front and rear tow hooks
30-degree approach angle, 24-degree breakover angle, and 34-degree departure angle
Aggressive 17-inch off-road tires
Up to 19 inches of water fording
Up to 2,000-lb. towing capability
For 2018, the all-new Jeep Compass lineup consists of four models:
Sport (4x2 and 4x4)
Latitude (4x2 and 4x4)
Limited (4x2 and 4x4)
Redline Red Pearl Coat
Spitfire Orange Clear Coat (Sport and Trailhawk models)
Laser Blue Pearl Coat
Olive Green Pearl Coat
Jazz Blue Pearl Coat
Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat
Diamond Black Crystal Pearl Coat
Pearl White Tri-Coat (Limited models)
Bright White Tri-Coat
Rhino Clear Coat (Limited and Trailhawk models)
Black and Sandstorm
Black and Ski Grey
All-new Jeep® Compass SUV Named IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2017
2017 Jeep® Compass earns Top Safety Pick from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
Highest possible ratings for crashworthiness and collision-warning technology
All-new Compass achieves “good” rating in each of five IIHS crashworthiness tests
Available Automatic Emergency Braking technology – Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus – gets “superior” rating; system benefits from
Most capable compact SUV ever offers 70 available safety and security features, including seven standard-equipment air bags
October 17, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -
The all-new Jeep® Compass has earned a 2017 Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 2017 compact SUV achieves “good” ratings in each of five IIHS tests that evaluate crashworthiness. Its available Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology also earns a grade of “superior.”
Each is the highest possible IIHS rating in its category. A Top Safety Pick designation is contingent on such performance.
“The all-new Jeep Compass benefits from high-strength steel content that exceeds 65 percent,” says Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “This not only contributes to crashworthiness, it speaks to a level of engineering sophistication that makes this vehicle the most capable small SUV ever.”
More than half of its high-strength steel comprises hot-stamped steel and advanced high-strength steel, indicative of a trend that has seen FCA US increase their overall use by more than 50 percent since model-year 2012.
The 2017 Jeep Compass scored “good” ratings in tests that simulate:
a side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck;
a moderate-offset frontal impact;
a small-offset frontal impact;
roof-deformation consistent with a rollover; and
a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash
Advanced AEB technology is a hallmark of the safety strategy embraced by FCA US LLC. Accordingly, the all-new Jeep Compass benefits from sensor-fusion technology in its available driver-assist feature, Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus.
“Sensor-fusion combines the attributes of radar technology and cameras, while most competitive systems use one or the other,” says Mark Chernoby, Chief Technical Compliance Officer – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. “This approach affords greater precision for monitoring the road ahead.”
Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus is among 70 safety and security features in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass. Among its seven standard-equipment air bags are seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax air bags and full-length, side-curtain air bags.
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass starts at $20,995, excluding destination, taxes, title and registration fees.
Mar 23, 2018
A Jeep exudes a certain attitude that pulls them above other crossovers and cute-utes. Even this Compass seems more mature and capable because it looks like a Grand Cherokee that was left in the dryer for too long.
In addition to the looks, that Jeep badge means that this Compass has to be rugged and ready for anything the world throws your way. But because of its market segment, the Compass also has to be a solid daily driver. Let's see if this Jeeplet can actually be a jack of all trades.
Now in its second generation, the new Compass is a huge departure from the old one and looks like the premium Grand Cherokee, which is a very good thing. The new look is great, and no one should be worried about being spotted in one of these cars, unlike the last model which was a bit bland and cheap looking.
Jeeps like the Compass have a strong reputation and exude a certain attitude that pulls them above other crossovers. In addition, the Compass seems more mature and capable than a lot of its competitors because it looks like a Grand Cherokee that was left in the dryer for too long.
Engine: 2.4L 4-cylinder
Output: 180 hp, 175 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: 9-speed auto
US Fuel Economy (MPG): 22 city, 30 hwy
CAN Fuel Economy (L/100 km): 10.8 city, 7.8 hwy
US Price: $34,405
CAN Price: $43,890
In addition to the looks, that Jeep badge means that this Compass has to be rugged and ready for anything the world throws your way. But because of its market segment, the Compass also has to be a solid daily driver. Let’s see if this Jeeplet can actually be a jack of all trades.
Now in its second generation, the new Compass is a huge departure from the old one and looks like the premium Grand Cherokee, which is a very good thing. The new look is great and no one should be worried about being spotted in one of these cars.
Fancy trim, but still capable
You’ll notice that the model we have here isn’t the hardcore Trailhawk version of the Compass, which looks beefier and gets a raised suspension as well as unique crawl ratio for its AWD system.
Instead, this is a fully equipped Limited Compass, and it’s almost as capable. There is 8.2 inches of ground clearance and while it doesn’t have as wild of an approach angle as the Trailhawk, it does have some pretty solid break over and departure angles at 22.9 and 31.7 degrees, respectively.
Beyond the capable setup, the Limited features some cool exterior features like standard 18-inch wheels (although our model is equipped with 19s), LED tail lights, a power tailgate, and a nice two-tone roof. There’s also a huge dual-pane sunroof, which could be considered a low-key callback to the Wrangler’s open-air experience.
Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes an impressive-sounding 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Those aren’t insignificant figures and are about on par with some of the competition’s turbocharged offerings. For some reason, though, the Compass never feels as fast or powerful as the numbers would suggest.
Some of the blame lies with the nine-speed automatic transmission, which might just have too many gears to be truly useful. From a stop, the car never feels like it’s in a hurry. In contrast, it has a bit more urgency while in motion, finding a gear for solid acceleration, but overall, the Compass can feel like it’s running out of breath at times. It’s worth pointing out that steady and predictable power delivery is more important in off-roading than speed.
The nine-speed at least promises good fuel economy — the car has an EPA rating of 22 mpg city, 30 highway and 25 combined. The vehicle has a start-stop system that helps but could be more refined in operation.
Can it Off-Road?
But no one wants to get a Jeep for its fuel economy. They either want it so they can say “it’s a Jeep thing” to their friends or for its capability off-road.
That’s a huge advantage over other crossovers out there, which do provide some confidence, but nothing like the type you get with Jeep’s Active Drive full-time all-wheel-drive system. No matter if you get caught in a mudslide, snowstorm, sandstorm, firestorm, meteor shower, or zombie apocalypse, this Compass will be able to handle it. That’s a sense of confidence that’s hard to reproduce in any other car.
This Limited model comes with fashionable 19-inch wheels, which were outfitted with all-season tires, and they’re not set up for any real off-roading. Even the 18s would be better, but the ultimate, go-anywhere, do-anything version of the Compass would be the Trailhawk.
Still, the Compass rides adequately, and there’s not much to complain about in that regard. During pothole season, those big alloys are certainly taking a beating, but on smooth roads and highways, the ride is just fine.
The steering gives off a feeling of heft and command based on how heavy it is. However, I’m not a huge fan of the meaty steering wheel, but I know that some people prefer it.
Interior Hits and Misses
It’s hard to fall in love with the interior. While the materials are much improved throughout the cabin with a lot of soft-touch plastics, there’s a bit too much hard, cheap-feeling stuff too, which could rattle and scratch easily. The two-tone setup in this tester also wasn’t really attractive and looked like it was inspired by a Rubbermaid bin.
At least the interior is filled with features. There’s the big UConnect touchscreen, which is quick and easy to use (when it’s working), and there’s a nice big screen between the gauges for the driver. The center console is user-friendly enough but looks a bit busy due to a lot of buttons that aren’t that useful.
The Compass lacks cubbies and places to store things like cellphones, wallets, and keys. The door pockets are fairly small, as is the armrest, and this lack of at-hand storage is a big criticism with the Compass.
Additionally, the rear seats are a bit tight, and I’m not thrilled with the cargo space either. Seats up or down, it’s shallow and it also has a pretty high load floor.
Tech-wise, the Compass has most of what you want including forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane keeping assist, as well as a great reverse camera. I do wish it had adaptive cruise control, though.
The base Compass starts at $25,490 for a front-wheel drive model, while this fully loaded all-wheel-drive example rings up at $34,405 ($43,890 in Canada). That’s a tough spot because it’s not far from a fully loaded crossover like the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5, both of which have won our Utility Vehicle of the Year award in the past.
The Verdict: 2018 Jeep Compass Limited Review
But those other crossovers just don’t have the reputation for capability that comes with the Jeep badge and nameplate. This is what makes it a Jeep, and for some, that’s worth the price tag, but don’t overlook the fact that this mini-Grand Cherokee has a few drawbacks.
No space for anything
Interior feels low rent
Can feel slow
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