New & Improved: Second-Generation Jeep Compass

By Matthew Keegan

Jeep strengthens the model line with an all-new compact SUV.

An all-new Jeep with a very familiar face.

The fast-growing Jeep product line has had the burden in recent years of carrying a pair of aging and underperforming models, namely the compact Patriot and Compass SUVs. Although sales for both have contributed significantly to the brand, neither model supplied the good ‘ole wholesome “Jeepness” found in other vehicles.

That changed earlier this year when Jeep released the second-generation Compass, a now larger and more robust model with the looks and off-road credibility fans expect. Oddly, the first model year of the new Compass overlaps the final year of the old Compass and Patriot, with both Compass models still found side-by-side on some dealer lots.

If you’re shopping for a new Compass, you’ll want the one offered in Sport ($20,995), Latitude ($24,295), Trailhawk ($28,595), and Limited ($28,995) editions. Add $1,500 for AWD on the Sport and Latitude and another $1,095 for your destination charge.

Besides styling, one of the most important tell alls that you are looking at the new Compass is with the available transmissions. Specifically, a 6-speed manual replaced the previous 5-speed gearbox, while a 9-speed automatic replaced the continuously variable automatic transmission.

Confused? That’s understandable. Why Jeep simply didn’t assign a 2018 model year designation to the new Compass is beyond me.

2017 Jeep New Compass

2017 Jeep New Compass

At least Jeep, the EPA, and others are using the “New Compass” designation to identify the latest model. On personal inspection, that isn’t hard to do as the second-generation Compass has a slightly larger footprint and a modern design.

The seven-slat grille and updated LED lighting treatments bring a modern touch to the Compass. The silhouette is more fluid while a new interpretation of the wheel well arch theme is evident.

Front to back, the new Compass aligns closer to the models on either side where it sits in the product line, namely, the even smaller Renegade and the slightly larger Cherokee.

2017 Jeep New Compass

Roomy, Comfortable Interior

If you like the Jeep Renegade, you’ll enjoy the Compass’ interior. The Compass comes from the Renegade, riding on a longer and wider version of the platform underpinning Jeep’s smallest SUV.

You’ll find plenty of soft touch materials, plastics, and brightwork trim in the new Compass. Cloth seats are standard, vinyl and leather are optional and, yes, you can fit five inside. All controls are neatly ordered and the infotainment screen sits high in the center stack.

You’ll find a generous list of standard features with a longer list of upgrades, including various UConnect infotainment and navigation options, audio packages, and appearance items. One thing about Jeep is that you start off with a number of grades or trims and then choose your upgrades accordingly.

2017 Jeep New Compass

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