2021 Jeep Compass

MSRP $16,765 - $25,625

Ranked #22 in Suv

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2021 Jeep Compass Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Jeep Compass is popular in its class, holding a smaller footprint among its siblings like the Renegade. The 2021 Compass gets a starting price tag of $23,915, which is attractive when compared to some of its promising rivals. The mid-range Latitude and Limited trims come at a starting price of $25,915 and $29,315, respectively. The range-topping Trailhawk trim is priced at $30,815. The Compass has reserved its design and looks in a traditional Jeep way. It has been portrayed as a small economy car that has some off-road ability.

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Pros

Good looks with Jeep's reliability

Potent Trailhawk trim

Responsive infotainment with smartphone connectivity

Spacious cargo area

Cons

Laggy 9-speed automatic

Limited rear seat

Average crash test rating

What's New?

80th Anniversary Edition version of Latitude trim

Limited and Trailhawk trims get standard adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist

Manual transmission is no longer available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16765

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

112 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

268 cu.in.

horsepower

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

175 lb.-ft.. @ 3900 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12/11 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

103.8 in.

length

173 in.

width

73.8 in.

height

64.6 in.

curb weight

3184 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

27.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1216 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sun & Wheel Package$16,765 onwards

Sport$22,280 onwards

Latitude$25,625 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Jeep Compass in Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat color
Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

7.7

Exterior

6.9

Safety

7.1

Competition

6.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


From the outside, the 2021 compass is bold and attractive, and the range-topping Trialhawk gets some chrome accents, making it look like a beefy SUV. The interior gets comfortable seating across all rows and offers black plastic coupled with synthetic leather. However, the panoramic sunroof limits the headroom for taller peeps. Jeep hasn't made any improvements in the sluggish 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, while the available six-speed and nine-speed automatic transmission systems are smooth and always hit the right gear. The Compass rivals Subaru CrosstrekHyundai Tucson, and Toyota RAV4

2021 Jeep Compass SUV front angle view
2021 Jeep Compass SUV rear angle view

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

7.7/10
Interior

6.9/10
Exterior

7.1/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2021 Jeep Compass Features

The 2021 Jeep Compass crossover is offered in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. The new Compass also adds Altitude and Latitude's 80th Anniversary Edition version, adding some special features and cosmetic changes. All the Compass trim levels are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Excluding the Trailhawk that comes with standard AWD, all trims come with front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission on FWD models and AWD models get attached to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Trim

Sport

Latitude

Altitude

80th Anniversary

Limited

Trailhawk

MSRP (4x2)

$23,915

$26,160

$27,850

$28,215

$29,560

N/A

MSRP (4x4)

$25,715

$27,960

$29,650

$30,015

$31,360

$31,060

Key Features

Heated mirrors

Adding to/Replacing Sport features

Adding to/Replacing Latitude features 

Adding to/Replacing Altitude features

Adding to/Replacing 80th Anniversary features

Adding to/Replacing Limited features

 

Automatic dual-zone climate control

17-inch Alloy wheels

Dual Tone Paint job with Black Highlights and Accents 

19-inch alloy wheels

Remote engine start

Off-road-oriented tires

 

Height-adjustable front seats

Roof rails

18-inch alloy wheels

8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation

8.4-inch touchscreen

Raised suspension

 

7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Upgraded cloth and simulated leather seat upholstery

8-way power-adjustable driver seat

Power Liftgate

Leather upholstery

Skid plates

 

First- and second-row USB ports

Leather-wrapped steering

Black roof

80th Anniversary Edition inspired leather upholstery on seats and steering wheel

Power driver's seat

Selec-Terrain system

 

16-inch alloy wheels

Rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers

Piano Black highlights in the interiors

Monotone exterior paint job

Heated front seats

Heated steering wheel

Which Trim should you buy?

We would suggest buyers to buy the Limited trim from the Compass's trim lineup. The trim offers more for its price that has been kept at $29,560. The Limited offers upgraded infotainment along with an array of safety features like Blind-spot monitoring, Rear cross-traffic alert, Adaptive cruise control, Forward collision warning with automatic braking, and Lane-keeping assist.

2021 Jeep Compass Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2021 Jeep Compass comes powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine developing 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The engine has proved its valor on several occasions, and we can say that it has more potential than it seems. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trims except the Trailhawk that comes with an all-wheel drive as standard. 

The FWD configured models use 6-speed automatic transmission, while the AWD configured models use a 9-speed automatic transmission. Every Compass is available with an engine stop/restart functionality that helps in saving some fuel while halting the vehicle. The SUV reaches the 60 mph mark in 8.7 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 16.7 seconds. 

Models

2021 Jeep Compass

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Subaru Forester

MSRP

$25,415

$27,450

$23,550

$24,495

Engine

2.4L inline-4

2.5L inline 4

2.0L inline 4

2.5L flat-4

Drivetrain

4WD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic w/SHIFTRONIC

CVT

Power

180 hp @ 6,400 rpm

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

161 hp @ 6200 rpm

182 lb-ft @ 5800 rpm

Torque

175 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

184 hp @ 5000 rpm

150 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

176 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

0-60 MPH

8.7 secs

8.2 secs

7.6 secs

8.4 secs

Quarter Mile

16.7 secs

16.4 secs

15.9 secs

16.6 secs

Top Speed

124 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

117 MPH

The Compass sprints from 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds, which doesn't seem to be that quick. Meanwhile, the Toyota RAV4 is engaging and offers quick acceleration. You'll enjoy the Subaru Forester when it comes to handling and basic operations. The Jeep Compass manages to retain its old-school aesthetic appeal and bring out a decent performance, although the rivals are more agile in the performance department.

How well does the 2021 Jeep Compass handle?

The transmissions available across the Compass models remain responsive and smooth. Driving the Crossover is a delight in the city due to its compact form factor. It looks robust and performs accordingly as per the terrain. There is no shortage of power or torque in any situation. However, if you think of putting the pedal down on the acceleration, things won't go as expected as this SUV is not made for that. However, one can expect slight off-roading from this Jeep.

2021 Jeep Compass SUV ride and handling

2021 Jeep Compass Braking Performance

The 2021 Compass comes with disc brake rotors enabled with ABS. Tere's an optional Brake Assist for the Compass as well. Unfortunately, the Jeep Compass lacks emergency braking. The braking performance is pretty responsive and accurate. The pedal is light and offers great feedback while hard braking. The front wheels comprise 11.5-inch steel rotors and the rear gets 10.3-inch rotors. Due to the small footprint, the rotors might seem smaller but offer generous stopping behavior.

Models

2021 Jeep Compass

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Subaru Forester

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.5

12

12

11.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

10.3

11.1

11.9

11.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,184

3,615

3,309

3,449

60-0 (feet)

N/A

N/A

118

118

The Compass is lighter than the RAV4, thus we can expect a decent stopping power when compared to the heavier rivals. The RAV4 is the heaviest in the group and comes with 12 inches front brake rotors and 11.1 inches rear brake rotors. The Tucson and Forester offer a similar braking distance of 118 feet. 

2021 Jeep Compass Fuel Economy

7.9/10

The Crossover's 2.4L engine is surprisingly fuel-efficient and manages to return 22 MPG in the city, 30 MPG on the highway, and 25 MPG combined. The fuel tank comes with a capacity of 13.5 gallons, getting a decent drive range of 337 miles combined. Compared to most of the other cars in the segment, the Compass is short on the fuel tank capacity. 

Models

2021 Jeep Compass

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Subaru Forester

MPG (City)

22

26

22

26

MPG (Highway)

31

35

28

33

MPG (Combined)

25

30

25

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.5 gallons

14.5 gallons

16.4 gallons

16.6 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

297 / 405 / 337

377 / 507 / 435

361 / 459 / 410

432 / 547 / 481

We would have loved to see some good fuel economy from the Jeep Compass, but the crossover manages to keep a balance between the performance and mileage. Since the fuel tank offered with the Compass is just 13.5 seconds, we can see it taking a toll on the driving range. In the city, the Compass offers a range of only 297 miles, while rivals like the RAV4 and Tucson can travel more than 350 miles in the city.

2021 Jeep Compass Interior

7.7/10

Despite having a compact design, the Jeep Compass offers a spacious cabin. You'll find an ample amount of elegance and comfort inside the Compass, still better than some promising high-end SUVs. The dashboard design looks large enough with enough controls and touchscreen but still reflects the retro appeal. The buttons are plain throughout the center console, but the quality has not been compromised. 

2021 Jeep Compass basic SUV cockpit area

All the rows offer comfortable seating. The front seats get an electronically adjustable function with memory settings. The legroom and headroom are just sufficient for any tall passenger as well. With a slidable center armrest, the comfort in the front row is just impressive. The SUV offers 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space, making it the least spacious in the competition. 

Models

2021 Jeep Compass

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Subaru Forester

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.2 / 56.7 / 41.8

39.5 / 57.8 / 41

39.6 / 57.1 / 41.5

41.2 / 58.2 / 43.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5 / 55.1 / 38.3

39.5 / 56.4 / 37.8

39.2 / 55.5 / 38.2

39.6 / 57.2 / 39.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

27.2

37.6

31

31.1

Comparatively, the Forester offers the most spacious cabin in all rows. The Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson offer identical interior designs. Though making a smaller footprint, the Jeep Compass is not cramped and offers decent space inside. Although the trunk space is a bit cramped on the Compass, the rivals offer better cargo room. With 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space, the RAV4 offers a spacious trunk in the segment. The notable interior features of the 2021 Compass include:

  • 7-inch Digital Driver Display
  • Climate Control with Interior Air Filtration
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Multifunction Steering Wheel with Tilt And Telescopic adjustment
  • Bucket Front Seats with heating
  • Premium Cloth or Leather upholstery
  • 8 -Way Power Adjustable Driver Seat with Height Adjustment and Power Lumbar adjustment
  • 6 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment with Height Adjustment
  • Split-Folding Rear Seatback with Fold Flat capability

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Uconnect 4 is known as one of the best infotainment systems in the market. The infotainment system comprises an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The user interface is good and responsive. The graphics offer great contrast and colors. Smartphone integration can be done via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2021 Jeep Compass basic SUV infotainment screen

Some of the notable infotainment features are:

  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • 4G WiFi hotspot
  • 6-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio

2021 Jeep Compass Exterior

6.9/10

Jeep has adopted a unified design layout for the Compass. Keeping a compact footprint, the 2021 Compass looks identical to its bigger sibling Renegade. The front fascia houses Jeep's signature seven-slot grille that makes it bold and distinctive. The entire chassis gets off-road and rugged treatment. The LED headlights are bright and well-rounded like previous models. 

As you move to the higher trim levels, the Limited and Trailhawk offer a good amount of design updates and accessories. The front gets Bi-Xenon HID headlamps accompanied by a dual-tone paint scheme. There's also a roof rail offered on these trims. As you move from base to higher trims, you get bigger wheel sizes. The Limited and Altitude trims come with 18-inch wheels. The special 80th-anniversary Latitude trim comes with exclusive 19-inch wheels. 

Models

2021 Jeep Compass

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Subaru Forester

Curb Weight (lbs)

3633 

3475 

3309 

3449

Length (in)

173

180.9

176.4

182.1

Width (in)

73.8

73.0

72.8

71.5

Height (in)

64.4

67.0

64.8

67.5

Ground Clearance (in)

8.5

8.4

6.4

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

103.8

105.9

105.1

105.1

On the rear, the Compact SUV gets smart with 8.5-inches ground clearance. Compared to the rivals, the Compass is quite weighted, and this works in its favor most of the time. The SUV gets a slightly shorter wheelbase keeping its small footprint in mind. Hyundai Tucson is the highest option along with having the least ground clearance in the competition. The exterior features of the 2021 Jeep Compass include:

  • Fully galvanized steel chassis material
  • Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps With LED Signature
  • Bodyside cladding
  • Heated door mirrors
  • LED Taillamps
  • Rain-Sensitive Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Gloss Black Accents
  • Rock Rails by Mopar 
  • Dual Tone Color palettes
  • Power liftgate
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Windshield Wiper De-Icer

2021 Jeep Compass Safety

7.1/10

The 2021 Jeep Compass managed to score a "Good" safety rating in all six crash tests conducted by the IIHS. The standard headlight failed to reflect satisfactory results and received a Poor rating. In the NHTSA crash tests, the Compass scored four out of five stars. The SUV scored five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the front impact test, and three stars in a rollover. The crash test results are subpar, and we expect the ratings to improve in the upcoming Compass models. Some of the standout safety features of the Jeep Compass are:

  • Driveline Traction Control System
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Forward Collision Warning-Plus forward-collision mitigation
  • Cornering Lights
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps with Dusk Sensing
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2021 Jeep Compass Competition

6.0/10

2021 Jeep Compass vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is heavily optimized in terms of power and performance. The RAV4 offers a value for money proposition compared to the Compass. More than the design and exterior elements, the RAV4's mileage is impressive. Being a Toyota, there's less to question the reliability of the RAV4. Jeep needs to work on some major issues with the Compass that would make it safer for passengers and increase the reliability of the crossover. 

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Jeep Compass vs. 2021 Hyundai Tucson

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson is quite reliable and safer compared to the Jeep Compass. The Tucson is easy to handle in the city and comes feature-packed across its trim levels. Hyundai also offers the best-in-class warranty cover with the Tucson. With the available trim options for the Jeep Compass, buyers get much more freedom to customize the crossover, while Tucson has some limitations on this part. In Tucson, you will explore features on the higher trims, and the base trim is just not sufficient enough to get through the buyer's buying decision. 

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Jeep Compass vs. 2021 Subaru Forester

The 2021 Subaru Forester is a punchy SUV with a boxer 4 cylinder engine. The ride and handling of the Forster give the Compass a tough competition. It is spacious from the inside and offers best-in-class MPG figures. The Jeep offers a more bold road presence, rugged design, and comfortable cabin. Also, the pricing of the Jeep Compass is dearer compared to the Forester. 

2021 Subaru Forester

 

2021 Jeep Compass Final Verdict

The 2021 Jeep Compass has significantly improved from its previous models. In terms of infotainment and safety aid, the Compass has made a good leap. In terms of looks, the 2021 Compass looks rugged and well-designed. You can expect some off-roading with this compact SUV. With attractive pricing and trim levels, the 2021 Jeep Compass places itself competitively among the other prominent cars in the segment. 

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