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2020 Jeep Compass First Review

  • New packages available on base Sport
  • Luxury Seat Group adds features
  • New Sun and Wheel trim level added
  • The Upland limited edition dropped
  • Pricing starts at $22,105 plus delivery

The Jeep Compass is a small SUV that slots in between the subcompact Renegade and the compact Cherokee in the Jeep lineup. The current-generation Compass arrived for the 2017 model year, and the vehicle is sold both in North America and in international markets.

What’s new on the 2020 Jeep Compass?

Changes to the 2020 Jeep Compass are largely centered on features availability and trim levels.

Jeep packages its active-safety features into two option packages. The Safety and Security Group includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and rear parking sensors, together with rain-sensing wipers, an alarm system, and black outside mirrors. The Advanced Safety Group includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. For 2020, Jeep has extended the availability of both packages to the base, Sport trim level. They remain available on all other models.

A new Luxury Seat Group, offered on the Limited, Trailhawk, and High Altitude models, brings ventilated front seats, memory for the driver’s seat, and a power passenger seat. Additionally, the premium audio system available on the Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk now includes Alpine speakers.

A Sun and Wheel trim package, which includes a panoramic sunroof and special 17-inch wheels, has been added for 2020 and is front-wheel-drive only. Last year’s Upland limited edition has been dropped.

Jeep Compass powertrains

The engine, transmission, and drivetrain offerings for the 2020 Jeep Compass are unchanged from last year. Most models come standard with front-wheel drive and offer 4-wheel drive as an option. All Compass variants use a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder “Tigershark” engine that develops 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, the Compass still offers a 6-speed manual transmission, an increasingly rare choice. It’s limited to the FWD Sport and the 4WD Sport and Latitude 4WD. Those models can be optioned with an automatic, which is standard elsewhere. A 6-speed automatic is used with front-wheel drive, while a 9-speed automatic is paired with 4-wheel drive. Most models come standard with front drive, while Jeep’s Active Drive 4WD is optional, except on the FWD-only Sun and Wheel model. The North Edition comes standard with 4WD, and the Trailhawk gets as standard a special Active Drive Low 4WD system that includes a low range.

How much does the 2020 Jeep Compass cost?

The entry-level Jeep Compass Sport starts at $22,105 not including the $1,495 destination charge. Surprisingly, that is slightly less that the smaller Jeep Renegade. Sport equipment includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a 7-inch touchscreen, and remote keyless entry. Next up is Latitude, at $25,355, which adds roof rails, 17-inch wheels, passive entry and pushbutton ignition. The Sun & Wheel trim is front-drive only, for $26,445, and includes a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, special 17-inch aluminum wheels, and an automatic transmission. The Altitude starts at $26,970 and brings 18-inch gloss-black wheels and other black exterior design accents. It’s available with either front- or 4-wheel drive. The North Edition, at $27,800, comes standard with 4WD as well as heated seats and a heated steering wheel. The well-equipped Limited starts $28,405 and includes leather, heated seats and steering wheel, a power driver’s seat, and a larger, 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. The Trailhawk, at $29,675, brings an extra measure of off-road capability with skid plates, hill-descent control, front and rear tow hooks, extra ground clearance, and Jeep’s Active Drive Low 4WD system. At the very top of the lineup sits the High Altitude, at $30,400. Its exclusive features include bi-xenon headlamps, 19-inch wheels in satin gray, satin gray exterior accents, factory navigation, and premium audio.

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