2020 Compass New Car Test Drive
Redesigned as a 2019 model, the compact Jeep Compass crossover SUV doesn't veer far from Jeep's off-road reputation-but rather than go full-bore, it leans more toward the practical and the useful.
Four trim levels are offered: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and rugged Trailhawk. Upland, Altitude, and High Altitude are option packages.
An Upland special-edition variant of Sport trim level is available for the 2019 model year, with 17-inch wheels, a front skid plate, and a black grille and roof. Limited Compasses can have a new High Altitude appearance package, with satin gloss 19-inch wheels, an 8.4inch touchscreen with navigation, HID headlights, and a black roof. Adaptive cruise control has been added to the Advanced Safety Group Package. Sport and Latitude models now have a 7.0-inch display screen.
Every Compass holds a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard on Sport and four-wheel-drive Latitude models. Front-drive Latitude and Limited models get a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. A 9-speed automatic is standard on Trailhawk and four-wheel-drive Limited, and optional for lesser trim levels with 4WD.
Sport, Latitude, and Limited trim levels have standard front-wheel drive, with four-wheel drive an option. Trailhawk versions are four-wheel-drive only.
Official rating agencies disagree on crashworthiness. The IIHS gave the 2019 Compass top 'Good'? scores on each crash test. When properly equipped, the small crossover earned a 'Superior'? rating for frontal-crash prevention. The Compass earned only a four-star score overall and for the frontal crash from the NHTSA.
Jeep offers active-safety features on all but the base model. They can be fitted with optional forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and rear parking sensors..
Prices do not include $1,495 destination charge.
Sport ($21,845 with front-drive, $23,345 with four-wheel drive) comes with manual transmission, dual-zone automatic climate control, 16-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, remote keyless entry, and a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A 6-speed automatic transmission adds $1,500.
Upland ($23,345 with 4WD only) includes a rugged-look front fascia, black accents, body-color mirrors, and 17-inch wheels.
Latitude ($25,095 with FWD, $25,095 with 4WD) includes automatic headlights, 17-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth/vinyl upholstery, privacy glass, and cornering lights. An Advanced Safety group is optional.
Altitude ($26,515 with FWD, $28,015 with 4WD) features black accents, two-tone exterior with black roof, piano black interior accents, black cloth/vinyl seating, and 18-inch wheels.
Limited ($28,195 with FWD, $29,695 with 4WD) includes heated perforated leather-trimmed front seats, heated steering wheel, a power driver's seat, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, 18-inch wheels, and a 7.0-inch instrument cluster. Front-drive versions include a 6-speed automatic; four-wheel drive, a 9-speed.
Trailhawk 4WD ($29,195) gets the 9-speed automatic, black roof, cloth/leather seat upholstery, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, a 7.0-inch instrument display, 17-inch all-terrain tires, and red tow hooks.
High Altitude ($30,190 with FWD, $31,690 with 4WD) upgrades the Latitude trim, adding navigation, 19-inch wheels, bi-xenon HID headlights, black leather-trimmed seats with accent stitching, and BeatsAudio sound..