New 2019 Jeep Compass SUV
Jeep Compass SUV
The 2019 Jeep Compass offers compact-SUV pricing and fuel economy, but with the added bonus of real off-road-adventuring capability.
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Slotting between the quirky Renegade and larger Cherokee, the 2019 Jeep Compass is a compact-crossover SUV that looks very much like a full-size Grand Cherokee that was left in the dryer a bit too long. With a starting price under $23,000, the Compass offers an appealing reason to buy, as do its many unique features and options. As with all Jeeps, the Compass is a competent off-roader, especially in Trailhawk trim. The Compass’ 4-cylinder engine isn’t much on power or refinement, but it gets the job done. You’ll find better fuel-economy numbers from the Subaru Crosstrek and Honda CR-V and more horsepower from the Kia Sportage, although only the Subaru can confidently follow the Compass off-road.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2019 Jeep Compass has a rugged look, an impressive array of features and the ability to go places a Nissan Rogue Sport or Kia Sportage can only dream about. The price is right, at least on entry-level trims, and you can still get a manual transmission on the Sport and 4WD Latitude trims.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Jeep Compass isn’t big on power, resale, fuel economy or stellar reliability ratings. If you need something with more room, the larger Cherokee or a Honda CR-V makes a better choice. Driver assists standard on some rivals are still optional on the Compass.
What's New for 2019
For 2019, the Jeep Compass gets some new option packages, including the Upland package on the Sport trim that adds the Trailhawk’s front bumper, tow hooks, front skidplate and all-weather mats. Sport and Latitude models gain a 7-inch Uconnect radio, while adaptive cruise control is added to the Advanced Safety Group package.
The 2019 Jeep Compass is built on the same underpinnings as the smaller Jeep Renegade and larger Jeep Cherokee, and it behaves like a successful blend of the two. The 9-speed automatic transmission that's the only choice for 4-wheel-drive (4WD) automatic-transmission models hampers power delivery from the 180-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, and we shut off the intrusive start/stop system. (A 6-speed automatic is offered for 2-wheel-(front)-drive (2WD) models, and a 6-speed manual is standard on lower trims.) When the road begins to twist and turn, the Compass isn't as nimble as competitors like the Kia Sportage or Mazda's CX-3 or CX-5. But nothing can touch the Compass Trailhawk off-road, thanks to its raised ride height, more rugged tires (including a full-size spare), skidplates, a special Crawl mode that locks the transmission in first gear, an additional Rock mode in the 4WD system, and more off-road-oriented hardware and technology.
Not many small SUVs can handle much more than snow or dirt roads, but in Trailhawk form, the 2019 Compass is quite an impressive off-roader. With its tall ride height, Selec-Terrain mode system and Active Drive Low 20:1 crawl ratio, the Compass is by far the most off-road-capable SUV in its class.
Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment systems have always been among our favorites, and the latest version is really hard to fault. The screens are large and bright, with easy-to-use graphics, fast response times and cutting-edge features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
If you once owned or rented an old Jeep Compass, banish all memory of that car’s horrid interior. The 2019 Compass’ cabin is crafted with the same look and feel found in the Cherokee and Renegade, with large round air vents, logically arranged controls and proper knobs and buttons where they are needed most. The seats are comfortable and rear-seat passengers enjoy 38.8 inches of legroom, more than in most midsize sedans. With the rear seat in place, there’s a generous 27 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to nearly 60 cubic feet with the seats folded.
Jeep’s 2019 Compass looks like a smaller Grand Cherokee, which is welcome to our eyes. A black, 2-tone roof is standard on the Trailhawk and Limited models and optional on the Latitude. The Compass has its share of "Easter eggs" -- hidden design elements like the Loch Ness monster on the rear hatch glass -- that will surprise and delight buyers. Limited models offer more chrome on the exterior, while Trailhawk models double-down on off-road ruggedness with increased ground clearance, skidplates, a blackout anti-glare hood and snazzy red tow hooks.
Notable Standard Equipment
The Jeep Compass is offered in four trims: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk and Limited. The least expensive Jeep Compass Sport model comes with some respectable features for its roughly $23,000 starting price, including keyless entry and push-button start, rearview camera and a 6-speaker infotainment system with 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We recommend stepping up to the Latitude model. In addition to more standard features like automatic headlights, cornering fog lights, 17-inch wheels, ambient interior lighting and illuminated vanity mirrors, it opens the door for options like the power-adjustable driver's seat, navigation and safety systems like blind-spot monitoring.
Notable Optional Equipment
The Compass is available in both Sport and Latitude models with 4WD and a manual transmission, a rare combination these days. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk includes leather interior, dual-zone climate control, 7-inch color LCD display and 8.4-inch Uconnect center display with a 1-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Top-line Limited models get an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Options include a Beats premium audio system and active-safety features like lane-keep assistance, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
Under the Hood
With 180 horsepower on tap, the Compass’ 2.4-liter engine isn’t the weakest in this class, but it isn’t the most powerful, either. It can be paired with a 6-speed manual on Sport and 4WD Latitude trims, or a 6-speed automatic. Move up to the Limited or Trailhawk and you’ll get a 9-speed automatic. All Compass models equipped with an automatic transmission come with start/stop technology that idles the engine when the car comes to a stop. The engine has good power delivery, but the Compass’ weight, especially on 4WD and Trailhawk trims, means acceleration and passing power is only average. When equipped with 4WD, the Compass can tow up to 2,000 pounds.
180 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
175 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 mpg (2WD manual), 22/31 mpg (4WD manual, 2WD automatic), 22/30 mpg (4WD automatic)
The 2019 Jeep Compass Sport has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $23,000 including destination charge. Add $1,500 if you want 4-wheel drive. The Latitude is more recommendable, but is also over $3,200 more. The Trail Rated Jeep Compass Trailhawk starts just shy of $30,500. With options, the Trailhawk and Limited Compass can reach over $35,000. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. In addition to its tweener-size status, the Compass' pricing also sits between subcompact SUVs like its Renegade brother and the Honda HR-V, and compact SUVs like its other brother the Cherokee and the Honda CR-V. Similar in price are the Subaru Crosstrek and the new Nissan Rogue Sport. The Jeep Compass' resale value is expected to be fair, trailing the sterling residuals of the vaunted Jeep Wrangler.
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Jeep Compass Consumer Reviews
August 01, 2018
The Trailhawk Compass is Absolutely Perfect
Owned this vehicle for 1 year and absolutely love it. The Trailhawk trim is gorgeous. The 4WD makes it feel like a V6, especially in...
July 07, 2018
Everything I want. Could have better seats for entry model though
April 10, 2018
I like my trailhawk
Only have the car 2 months. The styling is as good as any SUV but you know it is a Jeep by the grill. Its quiet,solid, well built. I...
April 07, 2018
greet jeep for only have it for 1 1/2 month
i have had this jeep for about a month now i do a lot of road miles every day have had a problem yet. the car rides great. the seat...
January 30, 2018
Everything I wanted
I purchased a 2018 Compass Latitude 4x4 with a 6-speed manual in November 2017. I have driven it for 3 months and just over 5,000 miles...
September 21, 2017
2017 Jeep Compass
I was unsure when I went to the dealership and wanted to purchase this vehicle. With Jeep revamping the truck I knew there were going to...
October 15, 2017
Very good vehicle
I have owned this vehicle for a short while now and I have seen mixed reviews that are up and down. I was in the market for a new...
December 11, 2018
Nice looking paper weight
Very displeased with this vehicle. It looks great outside and in. Had the trailhawk edition and it really is good looking small SUV....
January 07, 2018
Still a Fiat
At 500 miles, while driving away less than a block, I got an urgent warning that I should stop safely, vehicle will shut off soon(sic)...
September 06, 2017
Jeep Compass-Great Technology/Terrible Cargo Area
This car has a wonderful base technology package with additional options available however I was surprised to discover that the Trunk...
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How does it compare?
|#1||2019 Jeep Compass||180|
|#2||2019 Subaru Crosstrek||152|
|#3||2019 MAZDA CX‑3||148|
|#4||2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport||148|
|#5||2019 Hyundai Kona||147|
|#1||2019 MAZDA CX‑3||31|
|#2||2019 Hyundai Kona||30|
|#3||2019 Honda HR‑V||30|
|#4||2019 Chevrolet Trax||28|
|#6||2019 Jeep Compass||26|
|#1||2019 Hyundai Kona||5 / 5|
|#2||2019 MAZDA CX‑3||4.9 / 5|
|#3||2019 Subaru Crosstrek||4.8 / 5|
|#4||2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport||4.7 / 5|
|#7||2019 Jeep Compass||4.2 / 5|