2017 Jeep Compass
Jeep’s second generation 2017 Compass compact utility now soldiers along without its Patriot near twin. But, it follows its smaller chassis-mate Renegade in spreading the off-road gospel according to Jeep to a worldwide audience. To that end, the new Compass will be built in four countries, and sold in over 100 countries, with a dizzying 17 powertrain combinations.
Styling clearly favors the range-topping Grand Cherokee. Slim downed headlights flank a fairly traditional seven-slot grille. While muscular fenders, shoulders and short rear overhand also add to a purposeful look.
Of the five engines offered globally, North America gets only the Renegade’s 180 horsepower 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder. A six-speed manual is standard with a six-speed automatic available on 4x2s. 4x4’s add a nine-speed automatic, which we first drove in San Antonio, Texas.
GREG CARLOSS: “If you want to get on the power quickly and you want to pass somebody you’re going to have to be a little patient because there’s a lot going on in that transmission. You have to wait for it to kick down all those gears to get into the right one, and even then it’s not going to blow you away, but this car is aimed at fuel economy and as a global car that’s one of the major concerns”
Inside, the center stack comes with a 5…7… or 8-point-4-inch touch screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also onboard. Advanced safety features include Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, and Blind-spot Monitoring.
While the original 2006 Compass arrived without Jeep’s Trail Rated pedigree, the new Compass is ready for the rough stuff with two 4X4 systems.
On sale now, the 2017 Jeep Compass starts at $21,000.
Engine: 2.4 liter
Price: Starts at $21,000