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2021 Jeep Compass
Select a Different Model (11 Available): 80th Anniversary Edition 2WD
Fuel Economy $ 22 / 30 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 27/60 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 180@6,400
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2021 Jeep Compass MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Impressive off-road chops
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Good on-road ride quality

Cons

  • Slow, unrefined powertrain
  • Plasticky interior materials
  • Long stopping distances

Larger than the Jeep Renegade but smaller than the Cherokee, the Compass is sized to fit between the subcompact and compact SUV segments. The current second-generation Compass was introduced for the 2017 model year and wears styling inspired by classic Jeep models. Like other Jeeps the Compass is impressively capable off-road but sacrifices everyday drivability in pursuit of trail performance.

What's New

  • 80th Anniversary special edition has been added to lineup
  • Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and other driver aids become standard on the Limited and Trailhawk trims

What We Think

The Compass is one of the best off-road-capable small SUVs on the market today. That's best exemplified in the Compass Trailhawk, but all models equipped with AWD were impressively capable in our off-road testing.

However, that capability comes at the expense of civility. The Compass is troublingly slow and brakes poorly. Fuel economy is decent, but it trails some turbocharged competitors. Although it rides smooth on pavement, uneven surfaces caused rattles, shakes, and creaks in one of our test cars, raising concerns about the Compass' build quality.

With its cool SUV styling and commendable off-road chops, the Compass is a true Jeep. However, in today's today's competitive field of subcompact crossovers, it's tough to recommend as an everyday driver.

Performance and Fuel Economy

All Compass models are powered by a 2.4-liter I-4 producing 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. On most trims it's connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, powering the front wheels as standard or with available AWD. The Trailhawk model gets standard AWD and a nine-speed automatic transmission. In MotorTrend testing, an AWD Compass Limited needed 10.5 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph. A Trailhawk model took 9.4 seconds to do the same. EPA-rated fuel economy is 22/31 mpg city/highway for FWD models with the six-speed automatic, while AWD models with the nine-speed get 22/30 mpg.

The upcoming Compass 4xe will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Although it was revealed for Europe and Jeep has committed to bringing it to the U.S., the Compass 4xe isn't available for Americans yet—it might go on sale here as a 2022 model.

Safety

The 2021 Compass receives a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). When it was assessed by the IIHS for the 2020 model year, the Compass earned the top Good score in every crashworthiness test.

For 2021, the Limited and Trailhawk trims gain standard driver-assist and active safety features including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams and windshield wipers. These features are optional on most lower trims but not available on the entry-level Sport trim.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Cargo volume measures 27.2 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. When the 60/40 split-folding second row is lowered, maximum cargo space is 59.8 cubic feet.

The Compass' front-row headroom measures 39.2 inches, which compares to 39.6 inches in the Nissan Rogue Sport. Second-row headroom is 38.5 inches in the Compass, a bit more than the Rogue Sport's 38.3 inches. Front-row legroom is 41.8 inches in the Jeep, an inch less than the Nissan's 42.8 inches. However, there's much more second-row legroom in the Compass, which offers 38.3 inches against the Rogue Sport's 33.4 inches.

Technology

A 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is fitted to the Compass as standard, while an 8.4-inch unit is included on the 80th Anniversary, Limited, and Trailhawk trims. Models with the larger infotainment screen also get a color 7.0-inch gauge cluster display to replace the standard two-tone 3.5-inch screen. All trims include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and second-row USB ports. The standard six-speaker audio system can be replaced by a nine-speaker Alpine premium setup on higher-end trim levels.

Trim Levels

2021 Jeep Compass Sport

  • 16-inch black-painted steel wheels
  • 0-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Two-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated side mirrors

2021 Jeep Compass Latitude

  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Keyless entry with push-button start

2021 Jeep Compass 80th Anniversary Edition

  • 19-inch gray-painted alloy wheels
  • 4-inch infotainment touchscreen with built-in navigation
  • Trim-specific leather seating upholstery
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat

2021 Jeep Compass Limited

  • 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist
  • Black-painted roof

2021 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

  • Trim-specific bumpers with tow hooks
  • Standard AWD with off-road driving settings
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires
  • Cloth and leather seating upholstery

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2021 JEEP COMPASS SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Aisin 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (F21-250)
Trim
80th Anniversary Edition 2WD
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
180@6,400
Standard MPG
22/30
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
36
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 72, 84 Months - FCA announces Stand-Alone APR rates on select models when financed through Chrysler Capital. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$500 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models for eligible Military personnel. 01-03-2022
$500 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models to customers currently leasing an FCA vehicle. 02-01-2021
$750 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models when financing or leasing through Chrysler Capital. 02-01-2021
$500 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$500 FCA announces a Lease Bonus Cash offer on select models when customers finance through Chrysler Capital. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$500 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models to returning lessees. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$1750 FCA announces a Lease Cash offer on select models. 02-01-2021
$500 FCA announces a Lease Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$4000 FCA announces Customer Cash on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021