2017 Jeep Compass

Buyer's Guide

Should you find yourself looking for a sport utility vehicle for an affordable price, you may very well find yourself at your local Jeep store with a few different options from which to choose. There's the subcompact, Italian-built and ultra-adorable Renegade, which has charmed the pants off the media, and a pair of larger compact Jeep models, the Patriot and Compass.

The Patriot and the Compass are fraternal twins that share a common underpinning with the long-defunct Dodge Caliber compact hatchback. Unlike the boxy Patriot, the Compass sports rounded styling and eschews the traditional Jeep circular headlamps for ones that are styled in the likeness of the flagship Grand Cherokee. Every model receives alloy wheels and fog lamps as standard, not to mention chrome exterior accents and roof rails. If you're tracking the changes from year to year, it's worth noting that there's a new colour for 2017 - Mojave Sand, a metallic khaki.

Jeep offers the Compass in four different trim levels, each in 2x4 or 4x4 form. The base trim level is Sport, followed by North Edition, then the High Altitude. Although it debuted last year, the Compass continues to offer a 75th Anniversary Edition trim level which includes unique interior trim and seat upholstery, custom exterior colours, bronze-finish exterior trim and other add-ons.

Though the Compass is a fairly simple vehicle, there's quite a selection of powertrain options available to consumers depending on trim level. The base Sport 4x2 (front-wheel drive) trim receives a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 158 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque; it comes paired to a five-speed manual transmission. This engine is also featured on the High Altitude 4x2 trim, but has a CVT transmission as standard equipment.

Spec a Sport model with 4x4 running gear, and the engine grows to a 2.4-litre that develops 172 horsepower. The Sport 4x4 is available exclusively with a five-speed manual transmission; there is no option for an automatic. All other trims - High Altitude 4x4, 75th Anniversary Edition, and North Edition 4x4 get this engine paired to a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. The exception to the rule is the North Edition 4x4 with the Off-Road Group which features jacked-up suspension, off-road tires, under-body protection and a CVT transmission that mimics the rock-crawling ratio of a vehicle with a transfer case.

While the Compass' cabin design is starting to look dated, the cabin is spacious and offers a good degree of flexibility. Rear-seat legroom leads the affordable compact crossover class, and there's a reasonable amount of cargo space behind seats that split-fold 60/40. Depending on trim, the rear seat can also recline.

As one of Jeep's oldest models, the Compass lacks the latest in infotainment and active safety gear. The standard stereo is an AM/FM/single-disc CD player; higher trim levels receive a six-disc changer. A reverse camera, USB input, touchscreen display, and navigation are optional on most trims.

2017 Jeep Compass Specifications

There are 14 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $21,045 MSRP
10
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
172 hp @6000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
FWD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail* $21,045 5 SUV
FWD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail* 172 hp @6000 rpm 165 ft-lb @4400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail* 175.1" 71.4" 65" 103.7"
FWD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail*
FWD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail* N/A
FWD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail*
FWD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail*
FWD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail* $21,045 5 SUV
FWD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail* 158 hp @6400 rpm 141 ft-lb @5000 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail* 175.1" 71.4" 65" 103.7"
FWD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail*
FWD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail* N/A
FWD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail*
FWD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail*
FWD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail* $21,045 5 SUV
FWD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail* 172 hp @6000 rpm 165 ft-lb @4400 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail* 175.1" 71.4" 65" 103.7"
FWD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail*
FWD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail* N/A
FWD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail*
FWD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail*
FWD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail* $21,045 5 SUV
FWD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail* 172 hp @6000 rpm 165 ft-lb @4400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail* 175.1" 71.4" 65" 103.7"
FWD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail*
FWD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail* N/A
FWD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail*
FWD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail*
FWD 4dr Sport $24,900 5 SUV
FWD 4dr Sport 180 hp @6400 rpm 175 ft-lb @3900 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr Sport 173" 73.8" 64.6" 103.8"
FWD 4dr Sport
FWD 4dr Sport Cloth Seats
FWD 4dr Sport
FWD 4dr Sport
4WD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail* $25,645 5 SUV
4WD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail* 172 hp @6000 rpm 165 ft-lb @4400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail* 175.1" 71.4" 65" 103.7"
4WD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail*
4WD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail* N/A
4WD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail*
4WD 4dr 75th Anniversary *Ltd Avail*
4WD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail* $25,645 5 SUV
4WD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail* 172 hp @6000 rpm 165 ft-lb @4400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail* 175.1" 71.4" 65" 103.7"
4WD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail*
4WD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail* N/A
4WD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail*
4WD 4dr High Altitude Edition *Ltd Avail*
4WD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail* $25,645 5 SUV
4WD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail* 172 hp @6000 rpm 165 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail* 175.1" 71.4" 65" 103.7"
4WD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail*
4WD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail* N/A
4WD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail*
4WD 4dr North Edition *Ltd Avail*
4WD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail* $25,645 5 SUV
4WD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail* 172 hp @6000 rpm 165 ft-lb @4400 rpm 5-Speed M/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail* 175.1" 71.4" 65" 103.7"
4WD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail*
4WD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail* N/A
4WD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail*
4WD 4dr Sport *Ltd Avail*
4WD 4dr Sport $27,400 5 SUV
4WD 4dr Sport 180 hp @6400 rpm 175 ft-lb @3900 rpm 9-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr Sport 173" 73.8" 64.6" 103.8"
4WD 4dr Sport
4WD 4dr Sport Cloth Seats
4WD 4dr Sport
4WD 4dr Sport
FWD 4dr North $28,395 5 SUV
FWD 4dr North 180 hp @6400 rpm 175 ft-lb @3900 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr North 173" 73.8" 64.8" 103.8"
FWD 4dr North
FWD 4dr North Cloth Seats
FWD 4dr North
FWD 4dr North
4WD 4dr North $29,400 5 SUV
4WD 4dr North 180 hp @6400 rpm 175 ft-lb @3900 rpm 9-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr North 173" 73.8" 64.8" 103.8"
4WD 4dr North
4WD 4dr North Cloth Seats
4WD 4dr North
4WD 4dr North
4WD 4dr Trailhawk $32,895 5 SUV
4WD 4dr Trailhawk 180 hp @6400 rpm 175 ft-lb @3900 rpm 9-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr Trailhawk 173" 73.8" 64.8" 103.8"
4WD 4dr Trailhawk
4WD 4dr Trailhawk N/A
4WD 4dr Trailhawk
4WD 4dr Trailhawk
4WD 4dr Limited $34,895 5 SUV
4WD 4dr Limited 180 hp @6400 rpm 175 ft-lb @3900 rpm 9-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr Limited 173" 73.8" 64.8" 103.8"
4WD 4dr Limited
4WD 4dr Limited Leather Seats
4WD 4dr Limited
4WD 4dr Limited

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Jeep / Compass

Average Rating

2010 Jeep Compass

Trim: North Edition
by Nathan on 10-26-2012
Grows on you
If you are looking for a gas sipping, comfortable and affordable suv then I highly recommend you check out this car! The exterior ain't that pretty but it compensates for that in terms of price, fuel economy, comfort (and a great sound system that's standard with the car). I have to admit that if you are planning to get this car aim for the manual transmission or use the auto stick if you bought the automatic transmission. Driving on automatic you can tell this car is not the smartest at changing its gear. I use the auto stick and that gives me more control over what this dummy can do.
My favorite thing about this car, aside from it's little secrets (hint : there's a flashlight somewhere along the roof in the interior) is that it really has it's moments when it shine. What I mean is sometimes when I drive it I find it's more perky and responsive than usual (brings a smile to my face).

Basically this car has really grown on me and it is nice to drive. I'd definitely recommend it for someone who doesn't care much about an mediocre body, wants comfort, fuel economy and affordability
Overall
3.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
2/5
Reliability
4/5
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2010 Jeep Compass

by SMarks on 10-22-2012
2010 Jeep Compass
The Compass offers outstanding fuel economy. With this vehicle you cam also opt for 4X4 and in Canada that's a very good option to have. I like to think the exterior of this Jeep has a lot of similarities with the Liberty, it has a lot of round elements in the styling. all in all this jeep offers the best of both worlds City functionality and country side off road fun.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2007 Jeep Compass

by RB_0001 on 10-12-2012
Great car, super reliable.
I lived up North for a while and got this car for the AWD and reliability. It did not disappoint, its a great drive and has never let me down. Its a huge comfort to have the AWD at a button when the rain starts to come down or the ice starts to build up.
Bonus is the space, with the rear seats down this 5 seater provides tonnes of space.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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