2020 Jeep Compass

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$22,105 - $31,900
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2020 Jeep Compass Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 23, 2020
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Jeep made the Compass debut back in 2007, and now the American carmaker has introduced the 2018 Jeep Compass with minor changes. However, the refreshed Compass was launched as the 2017 Jeep Compass. Jeep compass slots itself between the smaller Renegade and the large Cherokee. Jeep Compass is less powerful in comparison to the performance of SUV Cherokee. The trims that are available for sale include Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited editions.

Jeep Compass has scored some pretty good safety scores. The standard safety equipment includes a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking. Amenities like USB ports, cloth seats, Bluetooth, and Touchscreen audio are available as standard. Moreover, the Compass Limited gets navigation, leather, and Beats audio system.

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Pros

Updated infotainment

Efficient Engine

Trailhawk trim comes pretty feature equipped

Cons

Larger carbon footprint

Rear space is compromised

Slow Automatic gearbox

What's New?

Additional advanced safety features now available in base trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22105

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

175 lbs.-ft. @ 3900 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

dimensions

wheelbase

103.8 in.

length

173 in.

width

73.8 in.

height

64.6 in.

curb weight

3184 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/32 mpg

ev range

310.5 mi.

highway range

432 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

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Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Interior

7.7

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Jeep Compass Sport

Sport

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$22,105 - $25,105


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $22,105 MSRP (23/26/32) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $23,605 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual four wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $23,605 MSRP (22/26/31) 180 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4,
6-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $25,105 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4,
9-Speed Automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Latitude

Latitude

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$25,355 - $27,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Latitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,355 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $25,355 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual four wheel drive 5
Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $27,050 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4,
9-Speed Automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Sun & Wheel

Sun & Wheel

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$26,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sun & Wheel 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,250 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Altitude

Altitude

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$26,775 - $28,275


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Altitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,775 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $28,275 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Limited

Limited

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$28,405 - $29,905


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,405 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $29,905 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Trailhawk

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$29,675


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $29,675 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass High Altitude

High Altitude

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$30,400 - $31,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
High Altitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,400 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
High Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $31,900 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


The intelligent Trailhawk edition is claimed to be top spec and fun-to-drive trim. The front fascia looks similar to the Cherokee, which gives it an urban outlook. The roof comes painted in a contrasting black color, making with distinguished. Jeep has offered numerous packages to maintain the comfort level with the Compass. 

The sole engine comprises a 180-hp 4-cylinder engine mated with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic or a 9-speed automatic transmission. Out of all the Compass trims, Trailhawk is certainly a head-turner.

The Compass Trailhawk is offered with slimmer bumpers and a 20:1 simulated crawl ratio. It also offers more ground clearance. It’s a perfect blend of crossover and SUV.


8.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.7/10
Interior

 
 
 
 

2020 Jeep Compass Features

8.5/10

The trim level comprises of four versions: Sport, Latitude, Limited, Altitude, and Trailhawk. All trim levels are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is capable of delivering 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission (standard on the Sport), while a six-speed (FWD) or a nine-speed (AWD) automatic transmission is optional.

The rest of the Compass trim has automatic as standard equipment. The front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configuration are optional on all compass trims except the Trailhawk that comes with AWD as standard.

Trim

Sport

Latitude

Altitude

Trailhawk

Limited

MSRP RWD

$21,595

$24,395

$26,265

-

$27,945

MSRP AWD

$23,095

$24,845

$28,945

$27,765

$29,445

Key Features

Rear Back-Up Camera

Adding on top of Sport

Adding on top of Latitude 

Adding on top of Altitude

Adding on top of Altitude 

 

16-Inch Painted Tech Silver Aluminum Wheels

heated steering wheel

18-Inch Gloss Black Wheels

Ruby Red Tow Hooks

Heated Power Exterior Mirrors with Turn Signal Indicator

 

Uconnect 4 with 7-Inch Touchscreen

Uconnect 4 with 7-inch reconfigurable Driver Information Digital Cluster Display

Gloss Black Exterior Accents

Active Drive Low 4x4 System

Uconnect 4 with 8.4-Inch Touchscreen Featuring Android Auto™ Integration and Apple CarPlay Support

 

heated front seats

Piano Black Interior Accents

Leather-Trimmed Interior with Ruby Red Accents

Premium Heated Leather-Trimmed Front Seats

 
 

windshield wiper de-icer

Gloss Black Roof

Two-Tone Gloss Black Roof

   
 

Remote Vehicle Start

       
 

Selec-Terrain Traction Management System (For 4x4 models only)

       

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2020 Jeep Compass Engine and Performance

Every trim of the 2020 Jeep Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder Inline-4 MultiAir Gasoline engine that delivers 180-hp at 6,400 rpm and 175 lb-ft of torque at 3,900 rpm. The 6-speed manual is standard on lower trims, while a 6-speed automatic is optional.

The 9-speed automatic transmission is only available with 4WD automatic-transmission models. The power output combined with a stiff chassis makes this Jeep perfect for off-roading purposes.

The engines are understandably and noticeably tuned with the fuel consumption rate as their priority and practicality, due to which it is not given the thrill to drive capability. 

Models

Jeep Compass

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

MSRP

$21,595

$20,520

$20,945

$19,500

$23,200

$20,390

$21,859

21,300

$20,945

Engine

2.4 Liter Inline 4

1.8 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

1.4 Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Boxer-4

1.4 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

Transmission

6-speed manual transmission (6 or 9-speed Automatic)

CVT

CVT

6-speed Manual (CVT optional)

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed Manual (CVT optional)

6-speed automatic

5-speed Manual (CVT optional)

Horsepower

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

141 hp @6500 rpm

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

175 lb.-ft @ 3900 rpm

127 lb. ft. @ 4300 rpm

139 lb. ft. @ 3900 rpm

132 lb. ft. @ 4500 rpm

148 lb. ft. @ 1850 rpm

146 lb. ft. @ 2800 rpm

145 lb. ft. @ 4000 rpm

148 lb.-ft. @1850 rpm

145 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

As seen on paper, the Jeep Compass comes out as the highest in terms of specs and starting price as well. But the refinements and tuning of the other cars in the same segment is better and an effective use of torque is unmistakably felt while examining the same.

Acceleration

On the acceleration front, Jeep’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder powertrain paired with a six-speed manual transmission turns out to be steady. It sprints 0-60 MPH in 10 seconds while the rivals manage to complete it at a faster pace.

The 180-hp engine literally takes some time to catch speed while the 9-speed automatic doesn’t make much difference while getting mated to this small power delivery engine.

Models

Jeep Compass

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

0-60 MPH (sec)

10.0

9.3

11.0

10.0

8.4

8.6

9.0

9.3

8.9

Quarter mile (sec)

N/A

16.8

18.4

17.3

16.2

16.3

16.9

16.8

16.6

Engine

2.4 Liter Inline 4

1.8 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

1.4 Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Boxer-4

1.4 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

6.3

6.0

5.9

6.3

5.7

7.0

6.3

7.1

The competition is faster than the compass and by quite a margin. Jeep's engineering main focuses on delivering a clear-cut balance between fun and practicality, with the mileage consumption to be in the proper outcome as well.

Ride and Handling

Jeep Compass is undoubtedly made for off-roading and most of the trims are offered with front-wheel drive. The handling is not so easy with the inconsistent steering and unstable body movement. The suspension setup keeps the ride smooth over curves and corners.

The Jeep Trailhawk offers amazing performance and off-road capability. The Trailhawk is gifted with an off-road suspension system, hill descent control, and all-season on/off-road tires, and a rock driving mode.

Doing corners in this vehicle has been taken a step further, thanks to the weight distribution. The suspension offers a comfortable cabin to be in as well.

Braking

The 12 and 11-inch brake pad setup does a great job of bringing the car to a dead stop in just the right amount of time. Furthermore, the default set of tires that comes with this car offers a certain mediocre grip with the braking and cornering of the same.

Aside from its snatchy reality, there is further negligible travel from the brake pedal. You brush your foot over it and the SUV nose-dives. This state could get scary at vivacious speeds and requires becoming used to.

Model

Jeep Compass

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Brake Front (in.)

12

11.5

11.8

11.8

11.8

11

11.6

11.8

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

11

11.1

11.1

9.0 (Drum)

10.6

11.1

10.8

9.0

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3327

2906

3300

2890

3237

2809

3113

2805

3,032

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Jeep is the biggest of the lot exceeding the massive Toyota C-HR. This could transpose into a poor braking administration, however, let's pause for the exact numbers before we settle our toes on a conclusion.

2020 Jeep Compass Fuel Economy

Now, this is where the pragmatism lies and Jeep has put a lot of effort into this section, even by restraining the performance capabilities of their engines. With the manual transmission, the Compass returns 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive configuration and the automatic transmission lowers the economy to 22/30 mpg. 

Model

Jeep Compass

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

MPG (city)

22

28

27

27

26

29

27

25

24

MPG (highway)

31

34

31

33

31

34

33

33

30

MPG (combined)

25

30

29

30

28

31

25

28

27

Mazda’s CX3 and Honda HRV seem to travel only on fumes, customarily expressing. Neither are the numbers too staggering nor does it compete very well among others so the Jeep Compass loses some credibility in this section

2020 Jeep Compass Interior

7.7/10

The Compass's interior is comfortable, functional, and has enough space for four adult passengers. The materials are classier than before though still not "upscale" neither is the price, and the Compass is at least as well outfitted as much of its competition.

Seating and Comfort

The front seats of the car are pretty suitable for long drives and roomy to give you a relaxed feel in the ease and way of driving. Whereas the back seat is neither the largest nor the smallest of the cars in this diverse, small-crossover class, but high seat bottoms in the back seat mean that passengers' legs are fully supported and even long rides can be comfortable.

Model

Jeep Compass

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (cu. ft) Headroom

39.2

39.5

38.1

39.6

39.6

38.4

39.8

39.6

39.4

Front (cu. ft) Shoulder room

56.7

56.8

49

55.5

54.2

53.5

56.7

54.1

56.2

Front (cu. ft) Legroom

41.8

41.2

43.5

41.5

40.8

41.7

43.1

40.8

41.6

Rear (cu. ft) Headroom

38.5

38.3

38.3

37.8

38.8

37.2

38

38.8

37.9

Rear (cu. ft) Shoulder room

55.1

54.5

52.5

54.5

52.5

50.4

55.6

52.8

55.5

Rear (cu. ft) Legroom

38.3

39.3

31.7

34.6

35.8

35

36.5

35.7

36.3

There isn’t much diversity in terms of front cabin space between the opposition. The rear space stays changing though. However, the Honda HRV has the best balance of the two, which is comparable to, or even better than the Compass. 

Interior Features

Some of the key highlights of the Jeep's interior are:

  • 8-way power-adjustable driver seat and 6-way manual adjustable front passenger seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Height adjustable cargo loading floor
  • Rearview auto-dimming mirror
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with cabin air filter
  • Overhead console with reading lamps

The 2020 Compass comes equipped with Jeep’s latest Uconnect interface, which handy to use. The standard features that come attached to the fitment include a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. There is also a recommended 8.4-inch touch-screen display that offers superior graphics and a user-friendly home screen.

The additional features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, and a nine-speaker Beats premium audio system. 

  • USB Port
  • Auxiliary Input
  • Bluetooth
  • Voice Controls
  • A Six-Speaker Stereo
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Cargo volume

Managing and carving out space for their customers has been Jeep's forte for some time now and they have not shied away with the Compass as well. Procuring a substantial volume, the vehicle offers enough space to carry 3 heavy suitcases easily. And when the seats are folded down, it liberates more than twice of what was being offered initially. 

Model

Jeep Compass

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Cargo Volume with all seats upright(ft.3)

27.2

24.3

19

19.2

18.8

12.4

20.8

18.7

21.7

Cargo Volume with Rear seats folded (ft.3)

59.8

58.8

36.4

45.8

48.4

44.5

55.3

48.4

49.5

 Undoubtedly, the Jeep Compass leads this fragment by a huge margin, thus, making it a favorable car for family purpose or for the customers who are frequent with carrying an excess amount of luggage in their vehicles.

2020 Jeep Compass Exterior

Compass comes with an aggressive front fascia which comprises of the seven-slot grille and gets a design treatment that matches the outline of the Jeep family. The look gets bolder with metallic trim. The side profile looks neat throughout. The rear comes with a thick roof pillar while the roofline is tapered

If you are looking for a more adventurous Compass model then the shiny black paint with the silver-toned body will be a great choice. The base trims are plain and need an optional package with alloy wheels and roof rack to look distinguished.

Model

Jeep Compass

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Curb weight (lbs.)

3327

2906

3300

2890

3237

2809

3157

2805

3,032

Length(in)

173

170.4

171.2

164.0

168.4

168.3

175.8

167.2

171.9

Width(in)

73.8

69.8

70.7

70.9

70.1

69.6

71

69.9

71.3

Height(in)

64.6

63.2

61.6

61

65.2

60.7

63.6

64.9

64.8

Ground clearance (in)

8.2

5.4

5.9

6.7

6.2

6.1

8.7

6.2

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

103.8

102.8

103.9

102.4

100.6

101.2

104.9

100.6

105.1

Track width (in) F/R

60.7/60.3

60.4/60.6

60.6/60.6

62.0/62.4

60.62/60.62

60/59.5

61/61.2

60.6/60.6

60.6/60.6

eep Compass is smaller than the Cherokee model. The Trailhawk and Limited models get black paint and 2-tone roof as standard. The new Compass will surely surprise its buyers with its hidden elements such as the Loch Ness monster on the rear hatch glass.

The Limited trims offer more delight with more chrome work on the exterior, while the Trailhawk trims increased ruggedness with bigger ground clearance, snazzy red tow hooks, a blackout anti-glare hood, and skid plates.

The set of offerings are as follows:

  • Electric sunroof
  • Body-colored door handles and side-view mirrors
  • Dual-tone body paint scheme
  • Projector Beam Halogen headlamps with auto on/off functionality
  • DRLs (Day-Light Running Lamps)
  • All LED Taillights
  • Integrated Spoiler
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • Chrome covered exhaust pipe at the stern end

2020 Jeep Compass Safety

Aside from the sturdy build-quality, the Compass also highlights an excess of advanced safety features that further accentuate the better security of its inhabitants. Some of the standard safety features offered with the 2020 Jeep Compass are:

  • 4-Wheel Disc Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
  • All Speed Traction Control
  • Center Rear 3-Point Seat Belt
  • Driver Inflatable Knee-Bolster Airbag
  • Electronic Roll Mitigation
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • LATCH Ready Child Seat Anchor System
  • Motorized Pretensioning Seatbelts
  • Parkview Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Rain Brake Support
  • Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Supplemental Side-Curtain Front and Rear Airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Display

2020 Jeep Compass Final Verdict

The 2020 Jeep Compass is appealing in all respects. From the exterior to the interior, everything looks simply magnificent. It offers lots of legroom and comfortable seating for all the passengers. The infotainment system is good for newbies who are trying it for the first time.

There’s a wide range of available packages, which you can choose as per your budget and convenience. The only downside is the slow engine and the below-average cargo space, otherwise, the compact SUV is a complete ride companion.