2016 Compass New Car Test Drive
The Jeep Compass combines competence and predictable maneuverability with smooth powertrains and an ample selection of standard equipment at affordable prices. Fuel economy is not a strong point, however, and the 2016 Compass is a dated product lacking the latest technology and safety features.
Compass was launched as a 2007 model and updated for 2011. The 2016 Jeep Compass lineup has been trimmed to two levels: Sport and Latitude. Though dated, the current-generation Compass has been refined and considerably improved since its introduction.
All 2016 Compass models come with Uconnect hands-free calling and satellite radio compatibility. The 2016 Compass Sport SE is a new package with heated cloth front seats, 18-inch wheels, and rearview camera. The High Altitude Package remains as an option for four-wheel-drive models with automatic. It offers most of the features from the previous Limited model, plus a sunroof and chrome-clad alloy wheels.
The Compass profile is essentially trapezoidal, subdued by soft detailing. For 2011, Compass adopted styling cues from the big Grand Cherokee.
The interior has been updated with elements used on other Jeep and Dodge vehicles.
Base engine is a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a choice of 5-speed manual gearbox or optional 6-speed automatic transmission. Limited models use a 172-horsepower 2.4-liter engine with a 6-speed automatic.
Jeep continues to offer the CVT. In fact, it's the only choice if you want the highly capable Trail Rated four-wheel-drive system. That combination stands ready to churn through dirt or sand, and engage in moderate rock-crawls, though not with the capability of a Wrangler.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives Compass only three stars for frontal crash, four stars for rollover and overall, and five in side-impact testing.
Compass Sport ($19,495) comes with air conditioning, manual windows and door locks, cruise control, foglamps, illuminated cupholders, and 16-inch wheels. All-wheel drive ($2,000) is available and comes with 17-inch wheels. Compass Sport SE ($21,740) comes with heated cloth mesh front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, 18-inch Mineral Gray wheels, and rearview camera. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Compass Latitude ($23,795) gets power windows and locks, keyless entry, heated cloth front seats, 60/40-split reclining rear seats, 115-volt inverter, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Compass High Altitude ($24,790) includes leather-trimmed seating, a sunroof, six-way power driver's seat, and 17-inch chrome-clad wheels.
Safety features include active front head restraints and electronic stability control.