2018 Jeep Compass
The Jeep Compass was redesigned for the 2017 model year, and Jeep continued to update the model for the 2018 model year, and it definitely sets a high standard in the CUV class. The 2018 Jeep Compass lineup consists of four trims, including the off-roading trim, the Compass Trailhawk 4×4. Whatever a consumer needs, the Compass is a comfortable CUV that offers up-to-date tech, plenty of style, and all of the qualities that come along with the Jeep brand.
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2.4-liter I4 MultiAir
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There are a total of four Compass trims, and three of those trims (Compass Sport, Compass Latitude, and Compass Limited) are available with a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain. The fourth trim, the Compass Trailhawk, is only available with a 4×4 drivetrain. The 2018 Jeep Compass Sport 4×2 and 4×4 and Compass Latitude 4×4 come standard with an 180-horsepower 2.4-liter Tigershark I4 MultiAir engine paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. MultiAir is a hydraulically powered version of variable valve timing (VVT) technology that optimizes engine performance; being a hydraulic variant, this process also takes stress off the engine for better fuel efficiency.
Other Jeep Compass trims (Compass Latitude 4×2; Compass Limited 4×2 and 4×4; and the Compass Trailhawk 4×4) come standard with the 2.4-liter I-4 MultiAir engine with Engine Stop Start (ESS). Engine Start Stop technology is an engine system that turns off the engine when idling to conserve fuel. Compass 4×4 models equipped with the 2.4L MultiAir engine with ESS are paired to an Autostick 9-speed automatic transmission, which also helps increase fuel efficiency.
Though the 4×4 models have heavier equipment that decreases fuel economy, the fuel saving technologies like the 9-speed automatic transmission and ESS increase fuel efficiency enough to give almost all Compass trims the same fuel economy. The most fuel efficient Compass model is the 2.4L engine paired to a 6-speed manual transmission, and it averages 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The other engine and transmission options give the Compass an average fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 30-31 mpg on the highway.
The 2018 Jeep Compass shares its 4×4 systems with the 2018 Jeep Renegade, the Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems. Jeep Active Drive features a rear axle disconnect that can switch between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive when the situation calls for it. This is completed by transferring torque to all four wheels or the wheel with the most traction when tire slippage is detected in one of the front wheels, making this a part-time 4×4 system.
Jeep Active Drive Low builds on Jeep Active Drive by incorporating its features with two new additions. Added on are a 20:1 crawl ratio and a low-range for enhanced off-road capability. For those not in the know, the higher the first number in a crawl ratio, the more torque is being generated before the wheels make a single complete rotation, so the Compass is more off-road capable than it looks. Both systems come with the basic Selec-Terrain system all Jeeps come with, able to handle multiple types of terrain and offer up to five modes of driving – Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock. This system however is only available when the Jeep Compass has a 4×4 drivetrain.
When it comes to style, the 2018 Jeep Compass keeps its notoriety for putting high-tier features on high-end trims. A black painted roof comes standard on the Compass Trailhawk and Compass Limited (FWD and 4×4), and automatic headlamps are standard on all trims but the base trim (Compass Sport). Other high tier features include deep tint sunscreen glass to prevent glare from obstructing the driver’s vision, available exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators, and an optional power liftgate. The Compass Sport is equipped with solar control glass to keep the cabin from overheating. Heated exterior mirrors are a lineup standard.
Wheels vary from 16-19 inches, and there are multiple styles available for each trim. A Compass badge comes on all Jeep Compass trims, a 4×4 badge comes on all trims equipped with a 4×4 drivetrain, and select trims are available with shield plates for the fuel tank, transmission, and transfer case. Consumers may pick up to ten colors and or color combinations for the exterior styling of their 2018 Jeep Compass.
The 2018 Jeep Compass has a comfortable and spacious cabin. For instance, standard across the lineup are a front-passenger fold-forward seat, a 6-way seat adjustment for the driver and passenger seats (power 8-way seat adjustment in Compass Limited), a rear 60/40 folding seat, and push button start. Leather upholstery can only be found on the Limited trim, but premium cloth and vinyl come standard on the Compass Latitude and Compass Trailhawk. Heated front seats are saved for the Compass Limited.
Comfort and convenient features like automatic dual-zone a/c control comes standard on the Compass Trailhawk and Compass Limited, but rear seat heater ducts are a lineup standard. The steering wheel comes leather-wrapped for all trims but the base trim (Compass Sport), and heated on the Compass Limited (an optional upgrade for the Compass Trailhawk). All trims but the base also have remote keyless entry with proximity. Consumers have two color or color combinations to choose from for styling the interior cabin.
The standard infotainment system for the 2018 Jeep Compass Sport and Latitude trims are Uconnect 3 on a 5-inch display, but they can be upgraded to Uconnect 4 on a 7-inch display. Standard on the Compass Trailhawk and Limited trims are Uconnect 4C NAV on an 8.4-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto compatibility; the Compass Latitude can upgrade to the same setup. Bluetooth streaming audio and integrated voice command with Bluetooth is a lineup standard.
All trims in the lineup come with a 6-speaker system. Optional on all trims (except the Compass Sport) is a Beats premium audio system. GPS navigation is optional on the 2018 Jeep Compass Latitude and Compass Limited.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2018 Jeep Compass comes with plenty of safety features to insure an enjoyable and secure ride. Standard features consist of advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front seat-mounted and side-curtain airbags, all-speed traction control, electronic stability control, an engine immobilizer, a panic alarm, a LATCH ready child seat anchor system, and a ParkView backup camera. Available advanced auto systems include blind spot and cross path detection, LaneSense lane departure warning, and a ParkSense rear park assist system.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a basic 3-year/36,000 mile warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.