Compared to the previous-generation Jeep Compass, the 2018 Compass is significantly enhanced. Introduced midway through the 2017 model year, the newest Compass is more comfortable to drive and can be fitted with Jeep’s latest in-car technology features such as the easy-to-operate Uconnect infotainment system.
The Compass inhabits an intriguing spot in Jeep’s lineup. It’s smaller sized and more inexpensive than Jeep’s Cherokee crossover SUV but larger and more capable than the Renegade. This might be the sweet area for a lot of buyers. The Compass uses a decent 27 cubic feet of rear baggage space. Fold down the 60/40-split rear seats to expose almost 60 cubic feet of space. Room in the second row suffices to keep even high passengers comfortable.
2018 Jeep Compass Interior
The driver controls are well laid out and quickly accessible. The doorsill step-over height is a bit raised, however the seat height is perfect and the doors open large and have big openings. Even the rear door openings are squared off to provide more head clearance for rear passengers.
2018 Jeep Compass Trim Levels & Engine
A lot of Compasses will be bought with front-wheel drive, but it wouldn’t be a Jeep unless it might handle off-road tracks. And while a lot of owners will never require the off-roading hardware available on the Trailhawk trim, it’s good to understand it’s there if you want to do some overlanding, simply get down a muddy roadway, or climb out of a snowed-in car park.
The 2018 Jeep Compass is offered in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. All featured a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (180 horse power, 175 pound-feet of torque). A six-speed manual transmission is basic on the Sport, and a six-speed (FWD) or a nine-speed (AWD) automated transmission is optional. All other Compass trims have the automated as basic equipment. Front-wheel drive is basic and all-wheel drive is optional on all Compasses except the Trailhawk, which comes standard with AWD.
Overall, we like the Compass. If you’re searching for a comfortable and economical crossover SUV that can also get you out and into nature, the brand-new Compass works well. If you’re into off-roading, get the Trailhawk. Its all-wheel drive and suspension calibration assist the Compass punch above its weight. Otherwise, we believe most buyers will discover that the Latitude strikes the sweet spot for material and worth. It also offers you a great deal of flexibility in selecting powertrain and option setups.
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