2017 Jeep Compass

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For the 2017 model year, Jeep released an all-new Compass and it’s capabilities and design go above and beyond the previous model. The new design is more modern, efficient and it is still a very affordable small SUV. Improving on the previous Compass model, the new Compass lineup has a new efficient powertrain, a few different drivetrain options, and it is more technologically advanced.

Powertrain and Trims


The all-new Compass lineup consists of four trims, which includes the addition of a new Trailhawk trim, making the Compass the fourth Jeep model available with the exclusive Trailhawk features. The Compass Sport and Latitude trims are available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or four-wheel drive (4X4), and the Compass Trailhawk and Limited trims are only available as four-wheel drive vehicles. Of the four trims, the Compass Sport is the base trim and the Compass Limited is the trim with all of the bells and whistles.


The Compass Sport, Compass Latitude 4X4 trims are equipped with a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine that generates 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The Compass Latitude 4×2, Trailhawk and Limited all come standard with the same engine that has engine start-stop technology, which improves the vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Buyers of the Compass Sport and Compass Latitude 4×4 have the option to upgrade their engine with the engine start-stop technology as well.

The Compass is available with three different transmission options. 4×4 Compass models are available with the class exclusive 9-speed automatic transmission, which improves the vehicle’s performance and fuel economy. The other two transmission options are the standard AISIN 6-speed automatic transmission and buyers have the option of a 6-speed manual transmission for 4×4 and 4×2 models.

When equipped with the 2.4L engine and 6-speed manual transmission, the Compass has best-in-class 4×4 highway fuel economy of 27 mpg. When equipped with an automatic transmission the Compass 4×2 models have an average fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Off-Road Systems

When Jeep was overhauling the Compass, Jeep wanted to make the new Compass a great vehicle for off-roading, so they made it available with a two 4×4 systems. Both 4×4 systems are full-time systems that can deliver 100 percent of torque to one wheel when necessary.  The two systems are  Jeep Active Drive and Jeep Active Drive Low and they both have the Selec-Terrain system, which has four or five drive modes (Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud and Rock).

Buyers that want a Compass but want an SUV to conquer off-road terrains, will want to go with the Jeep Compass Trailhawk because it was specifically built for off-roading. Among some of the Compass Trailhawk’s off-road features are has an exclusive 4×4 system that has a fifth drive mode (Rock) and it features the the Active Drive Low 4×4 system, which has a 20:1 crawl ratio. The Compass Trailhawk also has Selec-Speed Control and hill-descent control to give drivers even more control over their vehicles when off-roading. Finally, the Compass Trailhawk also has an increased ground clearance of 8.5 inches, a 30.3-degree approach angle, a 24.4-degree breakover angle, and a 33.6-degree departure angle.


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The all-new Compass has a fresh new look and it is a little bigger than the Jeep Renegade. The Compass is available in over nine colors and some of the 4×4 trims are available in two-tone color schemes. The Compass Sport rides on 16-inch black wheels, the Compass Latitude rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels, the Compass Trailhawk rides on 17-inch black wheels and the Compass Limited Rides on gray aluminum wheels. All Compass trims except for the Trailhawk have all-season tires and the Compass Trailhawk has on/off road tires.


The Compass is a comfortable five-passenger SUV and it offers modern technologies like a touch screen (5, 7 or 8.4 inches) and Uconnect, which is FCA’s special infotainment system. Behind the second-row seat, the Compass offers 27 cubic feet of cargo volume, which is slightly more than the Jeep Cherokee. The Compass also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are the newest tech systems that allow drivers and passengers to sync and safely use their phones in the vehicle.

The starting price for the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is $20,995 and the 2017 Compass Trailhawk starts at  $28,595. Hollywood Chrysler Jeep has a variety of Jeep models available, including the newest Compass, come by and shop them today or view them online here.