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2018 Jeep Compass

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Vehicle Summary

The Compass is one of Jeep's most affordable SUVs, slotting above the Renegade in price but below the more expensive Wrangler, Cherokee, and flagship Grand Cherokee. The Compass replaces the outgoing and dated last-generation Compass and Patriot models. The new Compass is a good bet for those who do not need the size and capability of the larger Cherokee but want something bigger than the subcompact Renegade.


With the release of the all-new Compass for the 2017 model year, changes to the 2018 Jeep Compass will likely include minor feature additions, a limited-edition model, and 1-2 new exterior colors -- we'll update this space as soon as we have official info. The powertrains will likely carry over and, for the 2017 model year, include the 180-hp 2.4-liter I-4 that comes mated to a nine-speed automatic, six-speed automatic, or six-speed manual. Expect to see the return of Jeep Active Drive and Jeep Active Drive Low all-wheel-drive systems. Jeep will probably retain the current Compass trims (Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited) but may add a new luxurious or off-road trim. In the next few years, we hope to see a more powerful engine offered, after the slow acceleration we experienced in our First Drive review.

Cool Fact

The Trailhawk model features a low 20:1 crawl ratio and can ford water up to 19 inches.

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