A Complete Review of the Jeep Compass

March 11th, 2022 by

Everything you need to know about the 2017-2021 models

Many loyal Jeep customers value the brand’s excellent off-roading capabilities, but how does the popular Jeep Compass stack up against other SUVs in its class? The Compass is larger than the Jeep Wrangler and Renegade but smaller than the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. In this extensive review, we compare the pros and cons of the 2017-2021 models and include information on safety and performance features, price ranges, how the Jeep Compass ranks, and much more. 

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Jeep Compass Scorecard

Here is our ranking for the Jeep Compass. We chose these ratings when compared with other similar SUVs.

  • Interior – 7/10
  • Performance – 6/10
  • Safety – 9/10 (4/5 crash test rating)
  • Reliability – 8/10
  • Fuel economy – 7/10
  • Value – 8/10
  • Overall rating – 7.2/10

The Pros & Cons of a Jeep Compass

This information was compiled from our own industry insights, as well as information from U.S. News & World Report, Cars.com, Kelley Blue Book, and Car and Driver

Model Year  Pros Cons
  • Ample passenger and cargo space
  • Interior quality
  • Excellent off-road capabilities
  • Popular, user-friendly technology
  • Many safety features are not standard
  • Mediocre powertrain
  • Sluggish performance
  • Average fuel economy
  • Sub-par interior material
  • Weak engine
  • Low safety scores
  • Insufficient cargo space
  • Excellent off-road capabilities
  • Smooth ride
  • Easy-to-use infotainment control
  • Nine-speed has sluggish transmission
  • Sometimes overpriced
  • Four-cylinder engine is weak
  • Small cargo space
  • Rugged look
  • Good price on entry-level trims
  • Manual transmission available 
  • Excellent off-road capabilities
  • Upscale, roomy cabin
  • Easy-to-use technology
  • In general, slower than other SUVs in its class
  • Low safety scores and predicted reliability rating
  • Small cargo space
  • User-friendly infotainment center
  • Good value 
  • Ample legroom
  • Excellent off-road capabilities
  • Below average predicted reliability rating
  • Sluggish engine
  • Fully redesigned
  • Stylish interior
  • Roomy cabin
  • Excellent off-road capabilities
  • Below average predicted reliability
  • Sluggish acceleration

Jeep Compass Interior Features

It will depend on the model year and trim level, but Jeep Compass interior features may include:

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Backup camera
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Touchscreen (size will depend on the model year)
  • Power seats 
  • Cloth or leather upholstery 
  • Sunroof 
  • USB ports
  • Audio system and navigation 

Jeep Compass interior

Jeep Compass Performance Features

The Jeep Compass is consistently one of the top performers in terms of off-road capabilities, but it often lags behind its competitors when it comes to ride, handling, and fuel economy. The Jeep Compass has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The drivetrain is standard front-wheel drive with four-wheel drive available. The Jeep Compass also provides drivers with several terrain select modes on certain trims to conquer any landscape. 

Jeep Compass Safety Features

All Jeep Compass models from 2017-2021 that have been rated by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) received an overall rating of 4/5. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2021 Jeep Compass mainly good and acceptable marks. 

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The specific safety features of the Jeep Compass will depend on the model year and trim level, but many new and pre-owned models include: 

  • Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert 
  • Rear cross-path detection
  • Fog lights
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Backup camera 
  • Parking sensors/assist 
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control

How Does the Jeep Compass Rank?

Here’s how the Jeep Compass stacks up against other SUVs:

2021 Jeep Compass

2020 and 2021 Jeep Compass

2019 Jeep Compass

2018 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass on a beach

Jeep Compass Model Comparison

Now let’s take a closer look at each year of the Jeep Compass from 2017 to 2021. This information was compiled from our own industry insights, as well as with information from U.S. News & World Report, Cars.com, Kelley Blue Book, and Car and Driver

2021 Jeep Compass

In 2021, the manual transmission of the Jeep Compass was discontinued and the 80th-anniversary limited edition model became available. The 2021 Jeep Compass is available in four main trims — Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk — with an EPA estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on the highway. According to U.S. News and World Report, “if you’re looking for a small off-road vehicle, the Jeep Compass merits consideration. It has a more affordable starting price than the Jeep Wrangler and more passenger space than the Jeep Renegade.” The Compass seats up to five individuals with an optional sunroof that may be problematic in terms of headspace for taller individuals. 

2020 Jeep Compass

According to Car and Driver, most of the changes to the 2020 model center around newly available features for the base sports model. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are available with the Safety and Security package. In total, six trims are available — the High Altitude, Altitude, Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. While the 2020 model offers excellent off-roading capabilities and easy-to-use infotainment features, the acceleration and handling could be smoother and the cargo hold is on the smaller side.  

2019 Jeep Compass

The 2019 model is almost the same as the previous year but now comes with a standard 7” touch screen instead of a 5” screen and the addition of adaptive cruise control. The Upland Limited Edition also joined the available trims. When compared to other 2019 SUVs, the Jeep Compass doesn’t rank as well in terms of engine power, acceleration, safety scores, and reliability. It does feature a nice cabin and easy-to-use technology features, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity comes standard. 

2018 Jeep Compass

There were no major changes for the 2018 models, which continue to feature an easy-to-use infotainment system and excellent off-road capabilities. It’s a good value for an SUV but falls behind its competitors in terms of predicted reliability ratings, cargo space, and engine power. The 2018 model features a 5” touch screen and is available in five trims: Sport, Latitude, Altitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. The Sport is the base model, featuring front-wheel drive, 6-speed manual transmission, cloth seats, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. If you’re looking for more, consider the Jeep Compass Limited, which features an 8.4” touch screen, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, remote start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. 

2017 Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass was fully redesigned in 2017 to include a roomy, stylish interior. Available features include heated front seats and leather upholstery. According to U.S. News & World Report, the 2017 model comes standard with a 3.5” driver information display, a 6-speaker system, two USB ports, and the UConnect 5.0 infotainment system. This includes a 5” touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, and hands-free text messaging. You can also opt for the UConnect 7.0 or 8.4 systems which feature larger touch screens and additional perks like predictive traffic and weather, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. 

Is the Jeep Compass a Good Car?

The Jeep brand in general prides itself on producing vehicles that are “designed and built for the off-road world.” Although the Jeep Compass doesn’t top the list of best compact SUVs, it does provide excellent value and fuel economy and is available in a variety of trims. 

Should I Buy a Jeep Compass?

If you’re looking for a middle-of-the-road SUV with excellent off-roading capabilities, the Jeep Compass is worth considering. The Jeep brand as a whole has an excellent factory warranty and a great lineup of vehicles.

Jeep Compass driving through water

How Much Does a Jeep Compass Cost?

It will depend on the model year, trim, mileage, and overall condition of the vehicle, but a pre-owned Jeep Compass typically range between $22,000 and $26,000. 

Jeep Compass Insurance

The cost of insuring any type of vehicle will vary. The main factors that affect the price include: 

  • Car make, model, and year
  • Driver’s age, gender, and marital status
  • Where the vehicle is parked
  • Annual mileage
  • Driving record
  • State requirements
  • Credit history
  • Vehicle’s safety features
  • Type of insurance coverage
  • Deductible amount

We also recommend looking into popular auto discounts. Many insurance companies offer savings if you pay your premium in full and have bundled policies, such as homeowners’ insurance or multiple vehicles. Others offer discounts for safe driving records, good students, new cars and new customers, automatic payments, anti-lock brakes, and other safety features. 

To give you an idea of insurance cost, one website estimates that payments for a 2020 Jeep Compass will average $116/month (about $1,391 annually). 

Jeep Compass vs. the Competition

The Jeep Compass is considered one of the safest SUVs of 2022, alongside top manufacturers and models such as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Tucson, and others, though it hasn’t been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 

The Jeep Compass also faces stiff competition from the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue. The vehicle ranks high in terms of off-road capabilities, but other SUVs such as the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 deliver smoother rides, less body lean around corners, and better gas mileage. 

The Jeep Cherokee is also a similar-size SUV worth considering if you want to stay in the Jeep family. 

Find Your Next Jeep Compass with Merchants Auto

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