2016 Jeep Compass

MSRP $19,695 - $27,090

Ranked #20 in Suv

6.7

Overall Rating

2016 Jeep Compass Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2016 Jeep Compass is powered by a 2.0-liter engine which feels under-power most of the time. The interior isn’t the best either but it is far from what you can categorize as bad. Certain features are pleasing, but the rivals offer a much better option overall. The Jeep Compass is no “flagship killer”, rather it emphasizes maintaining the Jeep legacy at a much lower price.

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Pros

Off-road capabilities

Aggressively priced

Comfortable front seats

Refined and smooth transmission

Cons

Underpowered engines

Subpar quality interior

Low on cargo space

Low safety ratings

What's New?

Satellite radio and Bluetooth are now standard across all trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19695

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

158 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

141 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual

dimensions

wheelbase

103.7 in.

length

175.1 in.

width

71.4 in.

height

65 in.

curb weight

3184 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

925 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

511.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sport$19,695 onwards

Sport SE$20,590 onwards

75th Anniversary$21,180 onwards

Sport 2.4$21,695 onwards

Sport SE 2.4$22,590 onwards

Latitude$23,995 onwards

High Altitude$25,090 onwards

Latitude 2.4$25,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Jeep Compass in Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat color
Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

5.9

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.5

Exterior

6.5

Safety

6.9

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.7

Overall Rating


The 2016 Jeep Compass gets no major changes for the year 2016, and Bluetooth and satellite radio are now standard across all trims. The Compass’s best trait would be its off-road capabilities, and no car comes close to matching that. The 2016 Jeep Compass goes up against the 2016 Nissan Juke, the 2016 Buick Encore, and the 2016 Mazda CX-5.


8.0/10
Features

5.9/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.5/10
Interior

6.5/10
Exterior

6.9/10
Safety


2016 Jeep Compass Features

8.0/10

This year, the limited trim has been scrapped off the Compass line-up with only the Sport and the Latitude trim levels available for sale. Pricing for the trims starts at $19,695 and goes up to $25,995. Standard features on both trims include alloy wheels, roof rails, foglights, air-conditioning, cruise control, manual accessories, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 4-speaker system.

Trim

Sport

Latitude

MSRP (FWD)

$19,695

$23,995

MSRP (AWD)

$21,695

$25,995

Key features

16" alloy wheels

Latitude adds to or replaces features of Sport with -

 

Foglights

Power Value Group

 

Roof rails

Chrome exterior accents

 

Cruise controls

Silver interior trim

 

60/40 split-folding rear seats

Heated front seats

 

4-speaker sound system

Upgraded upholstery

 

Air conditioning

6.5" touchscreen

 

Tilt-only steering column

Reclining rear seats

The Sport trim gets a Sport SE package that adds gloss-gray body trim, 18-inch gray alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth and vinyl upholstery, and heated front seats. The Latitude trim gets a High Altitude Edition that adds a sunroof, additional chrome exterior trim, 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, and a six-way power driver seat with manual lumbar adjustment.

We recommend 

We highly recommend going for the Sport trim due to the better fuel efficiency of the two trims. The Sport SE adds some enhancements and we do recommend that package. There are other interior and convenience packages available as well. The Freedom Drive Off-Road II is a must on any Compass as well.

2016 Jeep Compass Engine and Performance

5.9/10

The 2016 Jeep Compass gets two engine options. The base engine is a 2.0L Inline-4 that makes 158 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque. The FWD is mandatory on this engine. The optional 2.4-liter Inline-4 engine outputs 172 horsepower and 165 ft-lbs. of torque. In the Sport trim, this engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual gear lever while in the Latitude trim it is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Jeep Compass is available in FWD and AWD drivetrains. 

Models

2016 Jeep Compass Latitude AWD

2016 Nissan Juke Nismo RS AWD

2016 Buick Encore Premium AWD

2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

MSRP

$25,995

$30,020

$31,285

$29,870

Engine

2.4L I-4

1.6L I-4

1.4L I-4

2.5L I-4

Transmission

6-speed A/T

CVT

6-speed A/T

6-speed A/T

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Horsepower

172 hp @ 6000 rpm

211 hp @ 6000 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

184 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

165 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm

148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm

185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm

0-60 mph

9 sec

6.6 sec

9.5 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter mile

16.8 sec

15.2 sec

N/A

16 sec

Top Speed (mph)

115

130

115

120

Even with a bigger 2.4 Liter engine, the Compass lags behind the competition. It produces very little power and torque, which peaks out in the middle rpms. It does the 0-60 mph run in 9 seconds, only ahead of the Buick at 9.5 seconds. The Juke takes 6.6 seconds, and the CX-5 takes 7.8 seconds. The quarter-mile also comes up on the Compass in a slow 16.8 seconds.

2016 Jeep Compass Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2016 Jeep Compass with the 2.0L engine returns a fuel efficiency of 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. The 2.5L engine returns 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. This drops even more with the AWD models. The car gets a tank capacity of 13.5 gallons.

Models

Jeep Compass Latitude AWD

Nissan Juke Nismo RS AWD

Buick Encore Premium AWD

Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

MPG (city)

20

25

23

24

MPG (highway)

26

29

30

30

MPG (combined)

22

28

26

26

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

13.5

11.8

14

15.3

Range (city/highway) (miles)

270/351

295/342.2

322/364

367.2/459

The 2016 Compass has the least fuel efficiency among the four cars. The Juke is the most fuel-efficient car with a combined fuel efficiency of 28 mpg. The Buick and the Mazda both offer a fuel efficiency of 26 mpg combined. In terms of range, the Compass offers the least range at 270 city miles and 351 highway miles. The best range is seen on the Mazda thanks to its large tank capacity. The range stands at 367 city miles and 459 highway miles.

2016 Jeep Compass Interior

6.5/10

Inside the car is where you start to spot the difference between the Sport and Latitude trim levels. All Compass trims seat 5 people. The interiors got an update in 2014, but the interiors are still plasticky and cheap. The materials feel subpar, with the fit and finish lacking. The layout is pretty decent, but the inclusion of manual controls over simple power accessories is an unwelcoming feature.

In terms of seating, the front and rear rows are a world apart. The front rows offer great seating comfort and support, and the legroom is adequate. The rear is on the tighter side for this class, and not very comfortable as well. The doors are wide enough, so ingress and egress are not an issue. Also, visibility is good for all sides. 

Models

Jeep Compass Latitude AWD

Nissan Juke Nismo RS AWD

Buick Encore Premium AWD

Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

40.7/54.6/40.6

39.6/53.6/42.1

39.6/54.2/40.8

39/57.5/41

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

39.9/54/39.4

36.7/51.4/32.1

38.8/52.6/35.8

39/55.5/39.3

Cargo capacity with rear seats up(cu.ft.)

22.7

10.5

18.8

34.1

Cargo capacity with rear seats down(cu.ft.)

62.7

35.9

48.4

65.4

The car has a legroom of 40.1 inches in the front and 39.4 inches in the back. That figure translates to a comfortable sitting area without knocking your knees against anything. The Nissan offers the most front legroom at 42.1 inches. In terms of cargo space, the Compass’s 22.7 cu-ft space is less compared to the better ones in the class. Some interior features are:

  • Cruise control
  • Air-conditioning
  • Tilt-only steering wheel
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Heated front seats

How intuitive is the 2016 Jeep Compass’s infotainment system?

The Compass’s infotainment system is not the most user-friendly one in the market. The Sport trim does not get an infotainment screen as standard, but a 6.5-inch touchscreen is available. The higher trims get the touchscreen as standard. Basic features include a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, Bluetooth, and a 4-speaker sound system. Some infotainment features are:

  • Satellite radio
  • Auxiliary audio jack
  • CD player
  • Bluetooth
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Boston Acoustic 9-speaker system

2016 Jeep Compass Exterior

6.5/10

The design of the Compass is old now, but it still looks tough. It has a lot of similarities with the bigger Jeep Grand Cherokee. In terms of exterior design, the compass sports the Jeep signature grille in the front between the rectangular headlamps. The lower part gets small air intakes that actually direct cold air towards the engine. Strong blocky body lines from the front continue through the side of the car to the rear where it meets the small tail lamps. The rear of the car sports nothing specific: it’s rather clean and boring.

Models

Jeep Compass Latitude AWD

Nissan Juke Nismo RS AWD

Buick Encore Premium AWD

Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3345

3147

3358

3589

Length (in.)

175.1

163.8

168.4

178.7

Width (in.)

71.4

69.7

69.9

72.4

Height (in.)

65

61.8

65.3

65.7

Ground clearance (in.)

8.1

7.0

6.2

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

103.7

99.6

100.6

106.3

The Jeep Compass is a crossover SUV that comes in a rather compact package than a full-size 5-seater SUV. This crossover still manages to stay larger in dimensions than the Nissan Juke and Buick Encore. The Compass’s dimensions are similar to Mazda CX-5’s dimensions. The Jeep Compass has a ground clearance of 8.1 inches which makes it a good vehicle for off-road adventures. Some other exterior features are:

  • Alloy wheels
  • Foglights
  • Roof rails
  • All-terrain tires
  • Rear spoiler
  • Optional sunroof

2016 Jeep Compass Safety

6.9/10

The 2016 Jeep Compass does not fare well in crash-test ratings. It has lower safety ratings of 3-stars from the NHTSA, with 4-stars in rollover ratings. Standard features on the Compass include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags. The FWD cars get rear drum brakes. The chief of them are as follows:

  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Child Seat Anchor
  • Dual Front Mounted Airbags
  • Front and Rear head-Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control

2016 Jeep Compass Final Verdict

The 2016 Jeep Compass is a nice car. Yes, the Jeep is underpowered and also does not perform well in the department of fuel efficiency which is definitely a deal-breaker. The interiors are not great at all, with a very lowly infotainment system. It does not get decent safety scores as well. The alternatives are a much better option overall, and we would recommend those.

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