Frankly, the Jeep Compass has failed to impress us. But that could all change for 2022 now that the small crossover gets sweeping updates. The Compass slots between the diminutive Renegade and the compact Cherokee in Jeep's SUV lineup.
In recent years, the Jeep Compass has been one of the least competitive subcompact SUVs on the market. Its gutless engine and slow-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission are partially to blame. We've also criticized the Compass' harsh ride quality over uneven pavement and its use of cheap plastics inside the interior. We won't know until we drive it, but the new model could be a significant improvement from its predecessor.
Although the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine has slightly less power than before, the revised nine-speed automatic could improve the driving experience. Jeep says it retuned the transmission to deliver quicker acceleration and smoother shifts. Updates to the steering and suspension tuning could further improve the Jeep's road manners.
Off-road capability has long been a Compass strong suit, and we don't expect this to change for 2022. Every AWD Compass we've tested performed well off the beaten path; if you're looking to tackle tough terrain on a regular basis, try the Compass Trailhawk.
A 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder remains the only available engine on the Compass. For the 2022 model year, it delivers 177 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, down from 180 hp and 175 lb-ft on the 2021 model. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on the FWD Sport and Latitude models, while a nine-speed automatic is standard on every model with AWD.
With new equipment added for 2022, the Jeep Compass now has a strong array of standard safety features. These include full-speed forward collision warning with active braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go traffic capability is available as an option.
Later during the model year, Jeep will offer a semi-autonomous driving system that uses lane centering and adaptive cruise control technology to ease the burden of highway driving. Appropriately named Highway Assist, this feature will be available on Limited and Trailhawk trims. Keep in mind this is just an aid—drivers are required to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times.
Crash test ratings have not yet been released for the 2022 Compass. The 2021 Jeep Compass earned an unimpressive four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, which includes four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test, and three stars in the rollover test. In IIHS testing, the 2021 Compass earned Good scores in all crash categories, but was dinged for Marginal and Poor-rated headlights, depending on trim.
The 2022 Jeep Compass benefits from abundant rear seat legroom and cargo space. It beats the Subaru Crosstrek in both these areas, although the Subie offers more legroom in the first row.
Cargo space (behind first/second rows):
2022 Compass: 59.8/27.2 cubic feet
2021 Crosstrek: 55.3/20.8 cubic feet
Legroom (first/second rows):
2022 Compass: 41.8/38.3 inches
2021 Crosstrek: 43.1/36.5 inches
The 2022 Jeep Compass comes standard with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, which we've praised for its user-friendly controls. New for 2022 is an optional 10.1-inch touchscreen, as well an optional 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster. A six-speaker audio system is standard, but a nine-speaker Alpine audio system is available for some extra coin.
The 2022 Jeep Compass Sport in base FWD form carries an MSRP of about $26,500. At the top end, the Trailhawk and Limited are both priced from about $33,000.
The 2022 Jeep Compass is available in five trim levels. The Latitude Lux trim is new for the 2022 model year.
Sport: Push-button start, LED reflector headlamps, 16-inch wheels, cloth seats, six-way manual driver passenger seat, 8.4-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Latitude: Body color door handles, halogen foglamps, 17-inch wheels, leather-wrapped shift knob
Latitude Lux: 18-inch wheels, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 7.0-inch instrument cluster display, 10.1-inch touchscreen, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats
Trailhawk: 1.0-inch lift, high strength steel skid plates, unique front and rear fascias, red front and rear tow hooks
Limited: Gloss black grille surround with bright chrome grille rings, bright chrome roof rails, 18-inch diamond-cut wheels with black pockets
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