2018 Jeep Compass
When the 2018 Jeep Compass was brought to light, it set a new standard for the Jeep® brand. It seems that not only is the auto industry shifting towards crossovers and SUVs, but SUVs with a sleek design, and the new Jeep Compass is a great example of that look. Capable of going off-road, consumers of the new Jeep Compass can look as good as they are adventurous when on the road.
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The 2018 model year of the Jeep Compass comes with four trims, three of which can be powered by a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain, whereas the available Compass Trailhawk comes standard with four-wheel drive. This can change the engine types available. For instance, the Compass Sport (4x2 and 4x4) and Compass Latitude (4x4) are powered by a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter Tigershark I4 MultiAir engine. MultiAir, a hydraulic version of variable valve timing (VVT), takes the stress off the engine for better performance. Paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, these trims have an EPA of 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
The Jeep Compass Latitude (4x4), Limited (4x2 and 4x4), and Trailhawk 4x4 have the same engine under the hood, but the engine is equipped with engine stop start (ESS) technology that turns off the engine when idling to conserve fuel. Paired to an Autostick 9-speed automatic transmission, these trims have an average fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 30-31 mpg on the highway. The driver may manually shift gears at any time with an AutoStick transmission.
There are two 4x4 systems available for the 2018 Jeep Compass. The part-time 4x4 system, Active Drive, is perfect for those who won’t be going off-road all the time but want some backup just in case. Featuring a rear axle disconnect, torque can be transferred to all four wheels or the wheel with the most traction when tire slippage is detected in one of the front wheels, able to switch between the two drivetrains when necessary.
The second 4x4 system is only available on the 4x4 drivetrain, Active Drive Low. A secondary version of Active Drive, it takes the same system and adds on a 20:1 crawl ratio and a low-range for enhanced off-road capability. The 20:1 crawl ratio is excellent for rock crawling and off-road adventure. All Jeep Compass 4x4 trims come with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system, able to handle multiple types of terrain and offer up to five modes of driving – Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock.
Most of Jeep’s classy features can be found on the upper level Compass trims, and there’s also great standard features. All trims in the 2018 Jeep Compass lineup come with automatic headlamps, solar control or deep tint sunscreen glass, heated exterior mirrors, and the Compass Limited and Compass Trailhawk can be equipped with a black painted roof. Available features found on select trims consist of exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators, an optional power liftgate, as well as protective shield plates for the fuel tank, transmission, and transfer case.
Depending on the trim, the Jeep Compass rides on wheels ranging from 16-19 inches, available in multiple styles. For a little more personal style, consumers may also pick one of ten colors or color combinations for the exterior paint. All trims with a 4x4 drivetrain are highlighted with a 4x4 badge on the vehicle body.
The same pattern of available and standard features continues in the cabin with a front-passenger fold-forward seat, 6-way seat adjustment for the driver and passenger seats, a rear 60/40 folding seat, push button start, and rear seat heater ducts are all a lineup standard. If looking for a more comfortable interior, leather upholstery is standard on the Compass Limited and premium cloth and vinyl come standard on the Compass Latitude and Compass Trailhawk trims. The steering wheel is also leather-wrapped for all trims except the base, the 2018 Jeep Compass Sport.
To keep warm in the winter, the Compass Limited features heated front seats and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. To keep cool, automatic dual-zone a/c control comes standard on the Compass Trailhawk and Compass Limited. All trims except the base also come with remote keyless proximity entry. Two color or color combinations are available for consumers to choose when personalizing their interior cabin.
Although many models are getting the next-generation Uconnect 4 as a standard, Jeep only offers Uconnect 3 on a 5-inch display on the 2018 Jeep Compass Sport and Latitude trims. These can be upgraded to Uconnect 4 on a 7-inch display; the Compass Trailhawk and Limited trims come with Uconnect 4C NAV on an 8.4-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto compatibility, and the Latitude trim can upgrade to this setup as well. Bluetooth streaming audio and integrated voice command with Bluetooth is a lineup standard.
A 6-speaker system makes up the standard sound system for the lineup. All trims except for the base can upgrade however to a Beats premium audio system. If not looking to splurge for Uconnect 4C with Navigation, consumers choosing the Compass Latitude with a 4x4 drivetrain can add GPS navigation separately.
Safety Features and Warranty
All of the standard safety features in the 2018 Jeep Compass consist of advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front seat-mounted and side-curtain airbags, all-speed traction control, electronic stability control, an engine immobilizer, a panic alarm, a LATCH ready child seat anchor system, and a ParkView backup camera. Available advanced auto systems include blind spot and cross path detection, LaneSense lane departure warning, and a ParkSense rear park assist system.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a basic 3-year/36,000 mile warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.