The New Jeep Compass Surpasses All Expectations

The 2018 Jeep Compass is built on the same design as the Renegade was built on. The difference is that the Jeep Compass has been stretched out to give the owner more legroom and cargo space. The Compass falls between the Renegade and the Cherokee in the Jeep lineup. It is larger than your typical subcompact but is much easier to park than a typical crossover. The roof height is lower than that of the Renegade but the headroom is still great.

There are a variety of new features in the 2018 Compass. Mostly the new features are considered cosmetic but they give a desirable appeal to the new Compass. The Limited trim offers a lot of capabilities as standard while being optional for the other trims. Some of the features include Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection all the way to illuminated cup holders in the front of the vehicle. All of the offered features bring a new luxury and comfort level to your vehicle. The greatest thing about the new version of the Jeep Compass is that it keeps with the Jeep styling. Jeep offers the Trailhawk trim which is off-road ready and just what you would expect from a Jeep. The typical cost of the new 2018 Jeep Compass is between $22,090 and $29,790.

The engine is a 4-cylinder, 2.4-liter motor with 180 horsepower and offering 175 lb-ft of torque. It includes a stop-and-start feature that will help you to save on gas when you are idling. The transmission is a 6-speed manual that comes standard in the lower trims with a 6-speed automatic transmission alternative for the front-wheel-drive options. The all-wheel-drive versions come with a 9-speed automatic transmission and this makes the Compass the only crossover in its segment that comes with this many options.

The front-wheel-drive manual setup gets 23 miles to the gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. The front-wheel-drive automatic gives you 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. The all-wheel-drive versions give you 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

2018 Jeep Compass Standard Features and Options

The all-new 2018 Jeep Compass comes in a variety of different trim levels including the Sport, the Latitude, the Limited and the Trailhawk. The vehicle itself is considered a smaller five-seat crossover and the Trailhawk version includes all-wheel drive and 9-speed automatic transmission standard. When it comes to the all-wheel-drive versions of the Latitude, Sport, and Limited trims there is a basic terrain system that is included but the Trailhawk has the more advanced version of the all-wheel drive and can be put into low range gear and crawl mode adding more capability to this particular trim.

The following is a breakdown of what the different trims have to offer when it comes to price and features.

The Jeep Compass Sport


  • Trailer sway control
  • Rear-view camera
  • Hill-start assist
  • 5-inch touchscreen
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Tilt-telescopic steering wheel
  • 6-way manually adjustable seats (front)
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Push-button start
  • Air conditioning
  • Black door handles
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Bluetooth
  • USB port

The Jeep Compass Latitude


  • Cloth-like leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Ambient LED cabin lighting
  • Roof rails
  • Fog lamps
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Body color matched door handles
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

The Jeep Compass Limited


  • Heated steering wheel
  • 8-way power adjustable driver seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Self-dimming rearview mirror
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk


  • 8.5-inch touchscreen
  • Satellite radio
  • 115-volt outlet
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • All-season on and off-road tires
  • Tow hooks (two in front and one in back)
  • Skid plates
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Hill-descent control
  • Front and rear fascia
  • Higher ride height
  • Off-road suspension

There are also options that can be added. They include things like a power liftgate, high intensity headlamps, a sunroof (that is not offered on the Sport trim), 19-inch alloy wheels (only available for the Limited), wipers that sense the rain, a Beats 9-speaker audio system, 8.5-inch touchscreen for the console, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert. You can add even more features to help with the safety of the vehicle including forward-collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, parking sensors and remote start.

Then 2018 Jeep Compass for sale in Kansas City and Missouri has great cargo capacity with 27.2 cubic feet when the seats in the back are in place or you can fold the seats down and give yourself 59.8 cubic feet of space. The passenger seat in the front can also be folded down to give you even more space if need be. The towing ability is around 2,000 pounds when you choose the Trailer Tow package that is only something you can get with the trims that have all-wheel drive versions and are in the Latitude trim or higher.

Safety of the Jeep Compass

There are certain safety features that come standard and they include anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control along with rollover protection and no less than seven different airbags including one for the driver’s knees. Because of all the different safety features of the new Jeep Compass it has received four stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Driving the Jeep Compass

The output of the engine is considered good at 180 horsepower and it makes for a very pleasant and quiet ride. The Compass also has a new higher driving position. These are considered great improvements over the old Compass.

The Compass has an 8.5-inch ground clearance and a 30.3-degree approach angle. It has a 24.4-degrees breakover angle and a 33.6-degree departure angle. This helps to assure that the vehicle can be used in the wild as well as on the street.

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