2019 Jeep Compass
After its redesign in 2018, the Jeep Compass has slowly etched its way back into the Jeep lineup as a winner. Offering great technology features and increasing the standard, Jeep had to rethink some things about its lineup and how so many are bare bones. Now in 2019, the Jeep Compass returns with a whole lot more.
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Engine Type and Trims
Jeep really opened up the Compass lineup with the 2019 model, just outstanding. If consumers go with front-wheel drive, they have six trims to choose from – Sport, Latitude, Sun & Wheel, Altitude, Limited, and High Altitude. If choosing a 4×4 drivetrain, the same trims are there, with the replacement of Sun & Wheel with Upland, and the addition of the Trailhawk right before the Limited trim. Powering all trims regardless of the drivetrain is a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine or some variation of it under the name 2.4L I4 M-Air engine. The two differences are that the latter offers a Stop-Star dual battery system for increased fuel efficiency.
Able to generate 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee isn’t well-known for going off-road. The standard 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine is found on the base trim, Cherokee Sport, whereas the lineup comes with the M-Air engine. This engine is an option for the Sport in either drivetrain. With 4×4, the Latitude takes a back seat and gets the MultiAir engine with Stop-Start tech, but also has the option to upgrade, because that makes sense.
Driving and Handling
Jeep mentions a nine-speed automatic transmission option for the 4×4 drivetrain, but under the specs, one will find a six-speed manual standard for the base (and Latitude with 4×4), with the option to upgrade to a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission. All other trims come with this transmission with AutoStick for the option of manual gear shifting. If going with the 4×4 drivetrain, there is NO option to upgrade.
Again, Jeep claims that the 2019 Jeep Compass still has the 4×4 systems from 2018, Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4, but the specs only state 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. Only available with a 4×4 drivetrain, if the 4×4 systems return, then consumers will also benefit from a rear axle disconnect with Active Drive, plus a 20:1 crawl ratio and a low-range for enhanced off-road capability in Active Drive Low 4×4.
Some things never change. The only standard features on the 2019 Jeep Compass are heated exterior mirrors and solar control glass. Jeep keeps features like automatic headlamps, fog and cornering lamps, mirrors with turn signal indicators, roof rails, a remote start system, and a power liftgate for high-tier trims. Wheels options run from 16-19 inches, and there are multiple styles available for each trim. Select trims also come available with the option to add shield plates for the fuel tank, transmission, and transfer case for when going off-road.
The cabin reflects the exterior, with many options kept in the upscale trims. 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, start, and rear heater ducts are the standard. Past the Sport, consumers will find leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic dual zone a/c control, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and remote keyless entry as available options.
At least technology got an upgrade for 2019. Although the majority of the lineup comes standard with a six-speaker system, Uconnect 4 on a 7-inch display comes standard, along with Bluetooth streaming audio and integrated voice command with Bluetooth. A Beats Premium audio system is available on the Trailhawk, Latitude, Altitude and Limited trims, standard on the High Altitude trim. Only the Trailhawk and Limited come with Uconnect 4 on an 8.4-inch display. Uconnect 4C, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation is optional on various trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
In the 2019 Jeep Compass, many safety features still come standard, including 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. Some available advanced auto systems include blind spot and cross path detection, LaneSense lane departure warning, full-speed forward collision warning plus, 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.