Compared with previous generations, the 2018 Jeep Compass is now much better. Launched in mid-2017, the newest Compass is more comfortable to drive and can be equipped with advanced technology features such as the user-friendly Uconnect infotainment system.
The 2018 Jeep Compass stands in an attractive place in the Jeep model. It’s smaller and more affordable than the Jeep Cherokee but bigger and more capable than Renegade. This could be an attractive option for buyers. Its offers a generous 27 cubic feet of cargo space, and fold the rear seats will open nearly 60 cubic feet of space. Room in the second row is also enough for tall passengers to sit comfortably.
Most the 2018 Compass comes with front-wheel drive, but it’s not a Jeep if it can not handle off-road. While most buyers probably will not need off-road hardware in Trailhawk trim, but it’s good to know it’s there if you want to get down the muddy road or drive while snowing.
Overall, Compass is an ideal choice. If you are looking for an affordable and comfortable crossover SUV that can also take you to nature, the new 2018 Jeep Compass will work just fine.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Jeep Compass is a five-passenger compact crossover with off-road capability available in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.
Standard equipment for the base Sport trim includes 16-inch wheels, air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, the Uconnect system with 5-inch touchscreen display, a USB port and a six-speaker sound system.
The Compass Latitude gets larger wheels, keyless ignition and entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded cloth and simulated leather seat upholstery and more choices for options packages.
The Compass Limited is the most equipped. It features with upgraded exterior trim, 18-inch wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a power driver seat, an upgraded driver information display, leather upholstery, an 8.5-inch Uconnect touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.
The Jeep 2018 Compass Trailhawk adds off-road-oriented tires, 17-inch wheels, a raised suspension, a unique front fascia to maximize approach and breakover angles, a matte-black hood, red tow hooks front and rear, Selec-Terrain system to help it crawl over steep climbs and rocky surfaces. There also hidden set of underbody protection shields keep the engine, gas tank and oil pan from harm way.
Depending on the trim level, other options include a power liftgate, a sunroof, a navigation system, a premium Beats audio system, the Cold Weather package, the Advanced Safety and Lighting package that includes xenon headlights, lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning and mitigation.
All the 2018 Jeep Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Sport trim, while a six-speed (FWD) and a nine-speed (AWD) automatic transmission are available as optional. All other Compass comes standard with the automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional except the Trailhawk, which comes standard with AWD.
In performance testing, the 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk accelerates from zero to 60 mph in slow 8.9 seconds. EPA fuel economy for the six-speed manual stand at 26 mpg combined (23 city/32 highway) and 25 mpg combined (22 city/31 highway). The nine-speed check at (25/22/30).
Inside, the driver controls are well organized and easily accessible. The door sill are slightly raised, but the seats height is perfect and the doors are wide open and have large openings. Even the back door openings are aligned to provide more headroom for rear passengers.
The 2018 Jeep Compass has spacious cabin feel, and that is a good thing. It’s easier to absorb the kind of small lumps that most crossovers are sent directly to the driver. The seat cushions are firm, but there is plenty of head and leg room.
The 60/40-split rear seats are folded nearly flat, and the arm rest and glovebox are good-sized for your personal belongings. Door bags can accommodate larger water bottles, and cupholders do an effective job of bringing bottles and glasses properly in place.
Release Dates and Price
While no official up to this point, the 2018 Jeep Compass may be showcased at the end of the year which is a lot sooner than expected. The price will not be much different from the current model, ranging from $20,995 to 29,095. Key competitor include the 2018 Honda HR-V, 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.