Many people think that of Jeep is a tough off-road vehicle, but when the Jeep Compass debuted in 2007, it was unlike any other Jeep model. It does not look rough, it’s not trail-rated, and it does not even like dirt. Instead, it is a car-based design built for small SUV buyers who want fuel-efficient vehicles that are easy to drive around the suburbs. Of course four-wheel drive is available, but it is a single speed system, enough to get you through a blizzard.
The Jeep Compass make a big step when it redesigned in 2017. It boasted a handsome design, superior off-road capability and spacious cabin. The 2018 Jeep Compass faces tough competition among today’s compact, car-based SUV, but it’s worth if you’re looking for a small crossover for home on both paved streets and mountain trails.
The 2018 Jeep Compass is a five-passenger small crossover SUV available in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.
Every 2018 Jeep Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Sport, and a six-speed (FWD) or a nine-speed (4WD) automatic transmission is available as an option. All other Compass get the automatic as standard equipment. Front-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional except for the Trailhawk, which comes standard with 4WD.
In track testing, the 2018 Jeep Compass with the nine-speed automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds, the FWD did it better in 8.7 seconds. Both figures are average for this class.
EPA estimated fuel economy for the 2018 Jeep Compass with a six-speed manual and front-wheel drive at 26 mpg combined (23 city/32 highway). The 4WD version rated at 25 mpg combined (22/31). The six-speed automatic returns 25 mpg combined (22/31), while the nine-speed automatic at 25 mpg combined (22/30).