2018 Jeep Compass
The 2018 Jeep Compass is an excellent vehicle for South Florida. It offers drivers all of the convenience of an SUV, while also being practical for the city and suburbs. The Compass was redesigned for the 2017 model year, so the 2018 Jeep Compass has modern design and tech features as well as a dependable engine.
Trims and Engine
The 2018 Jeep Compass lineup includes four trims, the Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. New for the 2018 model year is the option of a 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrain on the Sport, Latitude and Limited trims. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk, a trim specifically designed for off-roading, is only available with a 4×4 drivetrain.
All 2018 Jeep Compass trims are powered by a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine. The engine produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The engine can be paired to one of three transmissions, a 6-speed automatic, a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed automatic. The 9-speed automatic transmission is limited to 4×4 models, whereas the 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available with 4×2 or 4×4 models.
Drivetrain is an important component of Jeep models because they are known for their off-road capabilities. Jeep Compass models that are equipped with four-wheel-drive are available with Jeep Active Drive Low, as well as a Selec-Terrain system. The Selec-Terrain system provides different drive modes for various road conditions. Jeep Active Drive Low makes it possible for the vehicle to achieve a 20:1 crawl ratio, which is great for taking on steep inclines and rock crawling. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is equipped with Jeep Active Drive Low and it’s Selec-Terrain System features five modes, rock, sand, snow, auto and mud.
The Jeep Compass has contemporary exterior design that’s a mix between the Grand Cherokee and the Cherokee. As all Jeep models have, the Compass has a seven-slot front grille, but some of its unique qualities are its sculpted front headlights, and noticeably slanted front grille and windshield. The Compass comes standard with 16.5-inch black steel wheels, and other available wheel options include 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels. The Compass also comes with solar control glass, a rear window defroster, and power adjustable mirrors.
2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk Exterior
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk has extra protective exterior equipment that isn’t available on the other Compass models. The extra equipment not only provides better off-road performance, but it also adds security. The Compass Trailhawk is equipped with a variety of skid plates to protect some of the vehicle’s most important vehicle components, like the transfer case and fuel tank. The Compass Trailhawk also has two tow hooks in the front and one tow hook in the rear, and both of them are red, which is the signature accent color for all of the Trailhawk models that are available on various Jeep models. Finally, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk also has a higher ground clearance and off-road angles than the other Compass models. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk has a ground clearance of 8.5 inches, a 30-degree approach angle, a 24-degree breakover angle, and a 34-degree departure angle.
The Compass comes standard with a variety of convenient interior features that the driver and passengers can enjoy. The Compass provides 41.8 inches of legroom for front seat passengers, 38.3 inches of legroom for backseat passengers and 126.7 cubic feet of passenger interior volume. Standard interior features include cloth bucket seats, a front-passenger fold-forward seat, and a 60/40 folding rear seat. There are also multiple USB ports that drivers and passengers can access to charge their mobile devices and there is a 12-volt power outlet located in the instrument panel and a 12-volt power outlet located in the rear of the vehicle.
Other available features buyers can opt for include leather seats, heated front and rear seats, and ventilated seats. There is also an available sunroof as well as an optional 115-volt power outlet.
As a vehicle that was just redesigned in 2017, the Compass has all of the latest technology features. The Compass comes standard with a rearview camera, a 5-inch touchscreen display, Uconnect 3 and a 6-speaker audio system. Other entertainment and tech features vary from trim to trim but they include a 7-inch touchscreen, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Uconnect 4.0 and Uconnect 4.0 with navigation.
Price and Warranty
The 2018 Jeep Compass has a starting MSRP of $20,995 (plus destination fee). Jeep backs all models with a three-year or 36,000-mile limited basic warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and complimentary roadside assistance for five years or 60,000 miles.