After its redesign last year ushered in some much-needed quality-of-life updates inside and out, the Jeep Compass is back for 2023 with a new powertrain and standard all-wheel drive. Jeep puts a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with an eight-speed automatic in each Compass. An available Trailhawk trim points the needle to the backwoods with off-road gear and features like a lower crawl gear, though the extra gear doesn’t turn it into a Wrangler. As a smaller alternative to the Cherokee, the Compass prioritizes affordability over overall space.
What’s new for 2023?
The Compass gets a new powertrain for 2023 with a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four — a less powerful version of the engine found in the new Dodge Hornet. It offers a welcome bump in power from the previous 2.4-litre engine which produced either 177 or 180bhp depending on specification. The Compass will no longer be offered with front-wheel drive, as four-wheel drive is now standard equipment.
Prices and which one to buy
We’ll maximize the Compass’ value by sticking with the base Sport model. Along with the Cold Weather package (heated front seats and steering wheel, remote start, and more), we’d choose two option packages: Advanced Safety along with Safety and Security. The latter brings, among other things, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.
Engine, transmission and performance
Each Compass is powered by a new 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that also makes 221 pound-feet of torque. It’s bolted to an eight-speed transmission, and all-wheel drive is now standard on all Compass models. Trailhawk models add a low “creep” gear ratio and a Rock mode, which keeps the Compass in first gear and directs torque only to the wheels that can find grip. The Compass feels nimbler than its tall, boxy profile would suggest, responds competently to input, and the steering is nicely weighted. There is some lean during tight turns, but overall the Compass feels well controlled, firmly planted and competent on the road. An off-road course we ventured on when we first drove the Compass revealed that it can at least hold its own over moderate obstacles, and we did notice a stumbling block from the all-wheel-drive system.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA has not yet released fuel economy estimates for the 2023 Compass, but we’ll update this space when that information becomes available. When we get a chance, we’ll take the Compass on our 75 mph highway fuel economy test route and update this story with results. For more information on the Compass’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
The Compass’s interior is comfortable, functional and has enough space for four adult passengers. The rear seat is neither the biggest nor the smallest of the crossovers in this diverse class. Its high seat bottoms in the back seat mean that passengers’ legs are fully supported, and even long journeys can be comfortable. Despite its boxy exterior and what initially appears to be competitive cargo volume, the Compass isn’t the roomiest of its set. It has enough luggage space for an airport, but long journeys can be a squeeze. The rear seatbacks slope up slightly when folded, and the last Compass we tested only held 17 carry-on cases with the seats stowed.
Infotainment and connectivity
The standard touchscreen measures 8.4 inches, and a larger 10.1-inch unit is also available. Along with natural voice recognition and navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are offered on the Compass.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Jeep offers an impressive range of driver assistance technology on the Compass. For more information on the Compass’ crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Available automatic emergency braking
- Adaptive cruise control available
- Available lane keeping assistance
Warranty and Maintenance Cover
The Compass’ warranty approaches the coverage provided by several of its competitors, but The one from Kia exceptionally long powertrain warranty handily trumps Jeep’s powertrain coverage. However, all models come with three years of free maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years
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