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2017 Jeep Compass

Back when Jeep was reducing its model line, the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot were on shaky ground. We were sure one of them were going to go, but as it turns out, Jeep wasn’t ready to put an end to either. Now, we have the 2017 Jeep Patriot and the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass back in action!

2017 Jeep Compass

180

Max. Horsepower

22/32 mpg

Avail. Fuel Economy

Active Drive Low

4x4 System

2017 Jeep Compass Performance
2017 Jeep Compass Performance

Performance

Engine Type

At first glance, one might think the 2017 Jeep Compass is only available in two trims; Jeep did say they were cutting the lineup down, but not that much. Choose the 4x4 drivetrain, and the lineup shows four available trims and a whole new set of features. Regardless of the drivetrain though, only one engine powers them all, with a slight adjustment.

Under the hood of the 2017 Jeep Compass is a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine, generating 180 horsepower. This is the standard engine for all trims, but with a 4x4 drivetrain, the Trailhawk and Limited trims have a variation of the engine with Stop-Start technology (optional to the Sport and Latitude trims). This is a system that turns the engine off when idle to conserve fuel - whether that really helps is a bit of a debatable argument to this day. “MultiAir” is a variation of variable valve timing (VVT) technology developed by FCA to operate an engine’s cylinders via hydraulics, thought to be one of the better VVT systems out there.

Transmission and Fuel Economy

The standard transmission for the Compass Sport and Latitude trims is a 6-speed manual transmission. Those two trims also have the option to upgrade to a 9-speed AutoStick automatic transmission, which is standard on the Compass Trailhawk and Limited trims. An AutoStick automatic transmission works like any regular transmission, but allows the driver to change gears manually. If no driver input is recognized, then the transmission switches gears automatically like usual. The standard fuel economy for the Compass Latitude is 22/31 mpg city/highway, 23/32 mpg city/highway for the Compass Sport, and 22/30 mpg city/highway for the Compass Trailhawk and Limited trims.

4x4 Systems

One of the available 4x4 systems is the Selec-Terrain system, a system designed by Jeep to increase off-road abilities and handling in various road conditions. The Selec-Terrain system has five drive modes: auto, snow, rock, sand/mud, and sport. Another available 4x4 system is the Active Drive 4x4 system, available to the Compass Sport, Latitude, and Limited trims. This is a part-time 4x4 system, features a rear axle disconnect, and it has three Selec-Terrain drive modes: auto, snow, and sand/mud.

Finally, there is Active Drive Low, which is exclusive to the Compass Trailhawk. The system is actually a duplicate of another system, Active Drive II. It features a rear axle disconnect, a low-range (4WD Low) for low-speed traction, and a 20:1 low crawl ratio for more torque at slower speeds. It comes with four Selec-Terrain modes: auto, snow, rock, and sand/mud.

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2017 Jeep Compass Style
2017 Jeep Compass Style

Style

Exterior Features

When it comes to style options and features for the 2017 Jeep Compass, the vehicle is available with more options when it has a 4x4 drivetrain. Standard across the lineup are halogen quad headlamps with a turn-off time delay, and automatic headlamps are found on all but the base trim, the Compass Sport. Deep tint sunscreen glass that keeps glare from obstructing the driver’s view is also available on all trims but the base trim. The Compass Sport trim does, however, come with Solar Control Glass, designed to keep the cabin from getting too hot and protect passengers from UV rays.

A power liftgate is optional on all trims but the Compass Sport, and a remote start system is standard on the Compass Limited. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the only trim with rear red tow hooks for help out of a jam. Each trim has its respective badge on the body of the vehicle, including the “Trail Rated” badge on the Compass Trailhawk. The option of 16-, 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels are available depending on the trim, all available in a variation of designs. The 2017 Jeep Compass is available in up to ten colors and color combinations on select trims.

Interior Features

Jeep has always been known to reserve the luxury features for upper level trims, and the new 2017 Jeep Compass is no different. Leather-trimmed, heated front bucket seats are only available on the Compass Limited, with the option for leather only on the Compass Trailhawk. Cloth trim is found in the Compass Sport, and vinyl in the Compass Latitude. A rear 40/60 folding seat however is standard throughout the lineup, as is a front-passenger fold-flat seat.

Automatic, dual-zone a/c control is standard on the Compass Trailhawk and Limited trims. All trims except for the sport have the option of a heated steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof. The gear shift knob is leather-wrapped in the  Compass Trailhawk and Limited trims, and the gear shift knob is silver in the Compass Sport and Latitude trims. All trims have a variation of remote keyless entry, push button start, an overhead console, and steering wheel mounted audio controls. Two colors and color combinations are available depending on the trim.

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2017 Jeep Compass Technology
2017 Jeep Compass Technology

Technology

Entertainment

Standard on all 2017 Jeep Compass trims is a 6-speaker system, but the option to upgrade to a Beats Premium audio system with nine speakers and a subwoofer is available on all trims but the base trim, the Compass Sport. A 5-inch touchscreen comes standard on the Compass Sport and Latitude trims, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen display is standard on the Compass Trailhawk and Limited trims. Bluetooth streaming audio and integrated voice command are a lineup standard, but only the Compass Trailhawk and Limited trims are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. The Uconnect system installed will be respective of the size of the touchscreen, and whether the consumer opted in for navigation.

Safety Features and Warranty

The 2017 Jeep Compass has advanced multistage airbags, traction and stability systems, an engine immobilizer, a LATCH-ready child seat anchor system, a panic alarm, and a ParkView rear back-up camera. A security alarm can be found on the Compass Limited.

Jeep vehicles are protected by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.

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