2017 Jeep® Compass
The 2017 Jeep Compass is said to be the new standard for vehicles in the auto industry. Capable of driving on and off-road, and filled with today’s modern tech, this Jeep may even be a contender with the classic Wrangler for popularity. All of that in addition to various Compass trims starting at an affordable price, the new Jeep Compass is an improvement on the brand’s lineup.
Highway Fuel Economy
Active Drive Low
Avail. 44x System
The 2017 Jeep Compass is available with two drivetrains – a 4×2 front-wheel drivetrain and 4×4. Two trims are available when the Compass is equipped with a 4×2 drivetrain, and four trims are available when the Compass has a 4×4 drivetrain. A single engine powers the entire lineup, a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter MultiAir engine. The MultiAir engine is designed with a hydraulic-powered variable valve timing (VVT) variation developed by FCA to better operate an engine’s cylinders. The Compass Sport and Latitude trims are equipped with a manual 6-speed transmission, but buyers have the option to upgrade to a 9-speed AutoStick automatic transmission.
The Compass Limited and Trailhawk trims have the same engine with Stop-Start technology integrated to shut off the engine when idling to conserve fuel (this is also an optional add-on on the Sport and Latitude trims). Both the Compass Limited and Trailhawk trims come standard with the 9-speed AutoStick automatic transmission. The AutoStick automatic transmission allows the driver to manually shift gears if they so desire, but will operate as a standard automatic transmission if no driver input is recognized. The fuel economy for the Jeep Compass Trailhawk and Limited trims is 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
One of two 4×4 systems can be found on a 2017 Jeep Compass, and both four-wheel drive systems are available with the Selec-Terrain system designed by Jeep. The Selec-Terrain system is designed to increase off-road performance in various types of terrain including snow, rock, sand/mud.
The standard 4×4 system is Active Drive 4×4, and it is a part-time 4×4 system available on the Jeep Compass Sport, Latitude, and Limited trims. It features a rear axle disconnect, and comes with the auto, snow, and sand/mud driving modes. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk comes with an exclusive 4×4 system that features a rear axle disconnect, low-range for low-speed traction (4WD Low) needed when rock crawling, and a low 20:1 crawl ratio for a towing power boost. It comes with the following drive modes: auto, snow, rock, and sand/mud.
The standard exterior lighting on the 2017 Jeep Compass lineup includes halogen quad headlamps and automatic headlamps (except for Compass Sport). The Jeep Compass Sport has solar control glass that keeps the cabin from getting too hot and protects passengers from UV rays. The other Compass trims have deep tint sunscreen glass, which is similar to solar control glass, but it also helps to keep glare out of the driver’s eyes.
All trims but the Compass Sport have a power liftgate. For a “Trail Rated” vehicle, go with the Trailhawk and get signature red tow hooks in the rear for towing out of a sight spot. The Trailhawk also comes with the “Trail Rated” badge, similar to other Jeeps that wear their respective badges. The 2017 Jeep Compass may ride on 16-, 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels on select trims, with various designs. Depending on the trim, up to ten colors and color combinations may be chosen from for the exterior paint job.
On the upper-level Compass trims like the Trailhawk and Limited there are luxury features such as leather trimmed seats and heated front seats that come standard or as available options. A rear 40/60 folding seat is a standard feature across the lineup. A front-passenger fold-flat seat is also standard.
Convenient features such as automatic dual-zone a/c control comes standard on the Compass Trailhawk and Compass Limited, and so do comfort features such as a leather-wrapped gear shift knob. All but the Compass Sport have the options of a heated steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof. Standard convenient features for all models are remote keyless entry, push-button start, an overhead console, and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. Two colors and/or color combinations are available on select trims for the interior.
The standard for the 2017 Jeep Compass is a 6-speaker audio system, but may be upgraded to a Beats Premium 9-speaker system with a subwoofer on all trims except the Compass Sport, the base trim. The Compass Sport and Latitude come standard with a 5-inch touchscreen display, and the Compass Trailhawk and Limited trims have an 8.4-inch touchscreen display. Each trim comes with Uconnect, the only difference being the size of the touchscreen and 8.4 having navigation capabilities. All trims are capable of streaming audio with Bluetooth and make phone calls via voice command, and the Compass Trailhawk and Limited are Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capable.
Safety Features and Warranty
All 2017 Jeep Compass trims come with an advanced multistage airbag system, traction and stability systems, an anti-theft engine immobilizer, a LATCH-ready child seat anchor system, a panic alarm, and a ParkView rear back-up camera. The Compass Limited also comes with a security alarm.
Jeep vehicles are protected by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.