The 2018 Jeep Compass is a five-passenger crossover SUV. It represents the vastly improved second-generation Compass, which debuted halfway through the 2017 model year. This second-generation effort boasts major improvements in ride, handling, powertrain performance and overall quality. Also, the Trailhawk version is impressively adept off-road, a rarity in this class. As such, the Compass now stands as a solid choice in the small-crossover segment. The 2018 Jeep Compass starts at an MSRP of $20,995 (not including destination).
The Compass offers nicely balanced ride and handling characteristics, a well-trimmed cabin with user-friendly high-tech features, and the option for best-in-class off-road prowess. It's easy to recommend. And shoppers are likely to find its size, which slots in between the small Renegade and larger Cherokee, to be just right. The one demerit is that the Compass has no options for other engines other than its underwhelming 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Some other rivals offer optional engines with more power or fuel-efficiency.
The 2018 Jeep Compass certainly has a lot in its favor. Still, this very popular segment is well stocked. If you want something with more driving spirit, consider the Mazda CX-5 — its sharp handling makes it the athlete of this class. Those looking for more passenger and cargo space might consider the Chevrolet Equinox or the Honda CR-V. These models also offer the option for more powerful engines.Compare similar vehicles
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The 2018 Compass starts at $20,995 MSRP for the base Sport. From there, the price goes up for the Latitude ($24,295 MSRP), loaded Limited ($27,595 MSRP) and off-road-oriented Trailhawk ($28,695 MSRP). Note that, except for the Trailhawk and Latitude, those prices are for front-wheel-drive versions. All-wheel drive is standard on the Trailhawk and is no extra cost on the Latitude; it's optional on the others for about $1,500. Most consumers will likely give the Latitude the most consideration since it provides a few more standard perks, such as keyless entry and ignition and upgraded upholstery, while allowing a greater choice of options compared to the Sport.Compare Compass versions
The Compass is sized in between truly small crossovers (such as Honda's HR-V) and so-called compact crossovers (such as Mazda's CX-5), though it is closer in size to the latter. The Latitude and Limited variants are likely to be the volume sellers but can be priced notably higher than comparable rivals. For example, the Compass Limited with AWD has an MSRP of $29,095, while the Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD lists at $27,215. Both feature luxuries such as heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a power driver seat. The Jeep comes with leather upholstery, while the Mazda comes with blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert system. Note that incentives and specials vary by brand and can play a significant role in what you'll end up paying for a new car.
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As a well-rounded, reasonably sized and priced crossover, the recently redesigned Jeep Compass has wide-ranging appeal. The sharply aggressive styling is instantly recognizable as a Jeep, and the interior exhibits solid build quality. Furthermore, those looking for a compact crossover with serious off-road chops should consider the very capable Trailhawk version.
Though our research shows many shoppers comparing the Compass to its outgoing Patriot sibling (2017 is its last year), there really is no comparison. The Compass is far superior to the dated Patriot in terms of ride comfort, powertrain performance, off-road capability, interior quality and overall refinement. Specifically, the Patriot has a sluggish continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), while the Compass offers more responsive six- and nine-speed automatics. The Compass also provides a higher-quality interior, more available high-tech features, and the option of its off-road-capable Trailhawk variant.Compare Compass and Patriot
Though consumers often compare the two, the Cherokee is notably larger and also available with considerably stronger V6 power. It is also more expensive. Those who need more passenger and cargo space, want more spirited performance or need greater towing capacity would be better served by the Cherokee. That said, shoppers looking for a truly compact, more maneuverable and affordable crossover should find the Compass meets their needs.Compare Compass and Cherokee
The Ford Escape has a few advantages over the Compass. Namely, it provides more cargo space and offers a more engaging drive with sharper steering and handling. It also offers the option of spirited acceleration, provided you are willing to spring for the Ford's top-of-the-line Titanium trim level. The Compass counters with its more modern cabin and enhanced off-road ability.Compare Compass and Escape
The 2018 Compass seats up to five passengers, a typical capacity for a small crossover SUV. The tallish architecture translates into plenty of head- and legroom for front and rear occupants alike. Large, squared-off door openings ease entry and exit, although shorter folks may notice a somewhat higher than average step-in height.
The Compass has LATCH and top tether anchors for its outboard rear-seating positions.Compass safety ratings
The Compass' cabin features high-quality materials and solid build quality. Soft-touch surfaces are generous, while the various controls are easy to locate and use. The overall design is functional and generally attractive, if not visually exciting.
With the rear seats up, cargo space measures 27 cubic feet. That's about midway between what subcompact crossovers (Mazda CX-3) and slightly larger competitors (Honda CR-V) offer. The rear seats are split 60/40 and fold nearly flat to reveal almost 60 cubic feet of cargo space. Larger water bottles can be stowed in the door pockets, and the cupholders are effective at keeping drinks secure.
The Compass' lower trim levels come with a 5-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and a six-speaker audio system. The Trailhawk and Limited trims further provide satellite radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a large 8.4-inch touchscreen interface. Those trim levels along with the Latitude also offer an uplevel BeatsAudio system option. Navigation is optional on all but the Sport trim. The 8.4-inch touchscreen is one of the best around, thanks to its intuitive interface with large, well-marked virtual buttons.
All Compass trim levels come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (180 horsepower, 170 pound-feet of torque) matched to one of three transmissions: a six-speed manual (Sport only), six-speed automatic (front-wheel drive) or nine-speed automatic (all-wheel drive). Performance is adequate, but unlike some rivals, the Compass offers no option for a more powerful engine. All-wheel drive is standard on the Trailhawk and optional on the others, which come with front-wheel drive.
Whether it's a front- or all-wheel-drive version, the Compass with an automatic transmission rates an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined. That's a few mpg less than average for the small crossover segment.
Going around turns, the Compass feels sure-footed if not as sprightly as the few truly athletic entries in this segment. Overall it provides a pleasant drive and handles more like a car than you might expect from a vehicle with the Jeep moniker. Over broken pavement the Compass feels reassuringly substantial, and it ably absorbs even the small but sharp bumps that are transmitted through some rivals. Although the seats are on the firm side, they prove comfortable and supportive.
The Compass is rated to tow 2,000 pounds.
In government crash tests, the Compass earned a four-star (out of five) rating for overall crash protection, with four stars for front-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the Compass earned a top score of Good in the organization's small-overlap front-impact test, moderate-overlap front-impact test, side-impact test, roof strength test, and head restraints and seats (whiplash protection) test.
Antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, a driver knee airbag and full-length side curtain airbags are standard on the 2018 Jeep Compass. A rearview camera is standard across the board.
Optional safety features include ParkSense Rear Park Assist with sonar sensors that provide audiovisual warnings. Also optional on all trims are blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and LaneSense lane departure and lane keeping assist packages. An Advanced Safety and Lighting Group, which is optional on all but the Sport trim, bundles xenon headlights with automatic high beams, the LaneSense package, and a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking.
The 2018 Compass compact crossover SUV comes in Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk and Limited trim levels. The Sport comes decently equipped, but features that are optional on the other trims are not available on the Sport. The Latitude adds a handful of standard features and is eligible for more available options. The off-road-themed Trailhawk is ideal for serious outdoor activity enthusiasts, while the plush Limited is geared toward those looking for the most luxury.
Most shoppers are likely to zero in on the Latitude since it offers an agreeable combination of value and uplevel features such as upgraded upholstery and keyless entry and ignition. It also offers options such as navigation and a forward collision warning and mitigation system.
The Sport comes with 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, the smaller Uconnect system (with a 5-inch touchscreen display), Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and a six-speaker sound system.
Stepping up to the Latitude gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded cloth and vinyl seat upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, and access to more option packages.
Among the Limited's standard premium features are 18-inch wheels, added chrome exterior accents, an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration), automatic dual-zone climate control, an upgraded driver information display, a power driver seat, heated front seats and perforated leather upholstery.
Geared toward more than "soft-roading," the Trailhawk comes ready to tackle more serious terrain. It's equipped with off-road-oriented tires, a raised suspension, underbody skid plates, front and rear tow hooks, and a unique Selec-Terrain system that provides low-speed crawling through steep ascents and descents and rock-strewn trails.
Jeep's basic warranty covers three years/36,000 miles. There's also a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance program.
If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Jeep Compass' resale value. How much will a Jeep Compass be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.
Jeep builds the Compass in Mexico.
|EPA Est. MPG||25|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Passenger Volume||126.7 cu ft|
|Curb Weight||3184 lbs|