2018 Jeep Compass

MSRP $20,995 - $29,095

Ranked #13 in Suv

7.2

Overall Rating

2018 Jeep Compass Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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After a brief redesign last year, the 2018 Jeep Compass is making its way for another stint this year, although with minor changes this time around. Resembling the Grand Cherokee in terms of exterior design layout, the Compass also has a much more premium and feature-packed interior setup for a very consumer-friendly price tag of MSRP $20,995. The Compass has scored some pretty good safety scores over the years, and now to keep it at pace with the rivals, Jeep has added more standard safety tech throughout the trim lineup.

Built for comfort, the Jeep compass slots itself between the smaller Renegade and the large Cherokee. The trims that are available for sale include Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk editions. Also, running point on the performance front of the 2018 Compass is a 180 hp 2.4L NA Inline-4 engine, coupled to either a 6-speed or a 9-speed AT unit.

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Pros

Updated infotainment interface

Composed handling dynamics

Trailhawk trim comes pretty feature equipped

Cons

Lacks some standard safety features

Lacks in cargo capacity front

Sluggish powertrain

Lacks a bit on comfort

What's New?

Limited trim now comes with FWD setup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

194 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

175 lb.-ft. @ 3900 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

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

59.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

28.7 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

9.3

standing 1/4-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/32 mpg

highway range

561.0 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$20,995 onwards

Latitude$24,295 onwards

Altitude$25,490 onwards

Limited$27,595 onwards

Trailhawk$28,695 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Jeep Compass in Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat color
Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat

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

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

7.5

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


The Jeep Compass is a compact crossover, that is widely known for its agility and impressive practicality. It gets some of Jeep's finest and impressive technological features. Out of all the trims, the intelligent Trailhawk edition is claimed to be top spec and fun-to-drive trim. Coming to the exterior front, the front fascia looks similar to the Cherokee, which gives it an urban outlook. Moreover, Jeep has offered numerous packages to maintain the comfort level with the Compass. Also to at least be even relevant in this segment, the 2018 Jeep Compass has to go through rivals such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and the Ford Escape.


8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

7.5/10
Safety


2018 Jeep Compass Features

8.0/10

The 2018 Jeep Compass comes in over 4 trim levels, which are carried over from the 2017 Compass model. The trims offered are- Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk, with prices starting from an MSRP of $20,995, and going all the way up to $28,695 for the top-most Trailhawk trim. All of the said trims are powered by a 2.4-liter engine that is capable of delivering 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. All of the said trims are filled up to the brim with the best-in-class features, although as you go up the trim table, the features also increase in their premium quotient.

Trims Sport Latitude Limited Trailhawk
MSRP (FWD) $20,995 $24,295 $27,595 -
MSRP (AWD) $22,495 $26,495 $29,095 $28,695
Features 16-Inch x 6.5-Inch Styled Black Steel Wheels. Premium Cloth / Vinyl Bucket Seats. Uconnect 4 with an 8.5-inch touchscreen display 17-inch wheels with off-road-oriented tires
  Cloth Bucket Seats. Leather-wrapped steering wheel Automatic dual-zone climate control Selec-Terrain system
  Uconnect 3 with 5-Inch touchscreen Display. 17-Inch x 7-Inch Silver-Painted Aluminum Wheels 18-Inch x 7-Inch Polished Gray Pocket Alum Wheels Premium Cloth / Leather-Trimmed Bucket seats.
  6-speaker sound system Keyless ignition and entry Heated front seats Xenon headlights

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The best trim in this class would have to be the off-road friendly Trailhawk trim, which would set you back by around $28,695. Available in AWD setup as standard, the Trailhawk is meant to do off-road things. Plus the extra packages Jeep has on offer is only the icing on the cake, with the feature list the Compass delivers.

2018 Jeep Compass Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Compass has a substantial feel to it, and that’s a good thing. It more readily absorbs the kind of little bumps that most crossovers transmit straight to the driver - Edmunds

2018 Jeep Compass Engine and Transmission

All models of the 2018 Jeep Compass are powered by a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder MultiAir Gasoline engine that delivers a total output of 180 hp at 6,400 RPM and 175 lb-ft of torque at 3,900 RPM. This makes it one of the most powerful SUVs in the compact crossover segment. Having said that, the Compass is quite underwhelming, as it fails to put down the necessary power, when required, which is a shame.

Available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive setups, the 2018 Compass engine is paired with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Apart from this, the FWD setup can also be paired to an efficient 6-speed automatic transmission unit, while the AWD setup gets paired to an even more efficient 9-speed automatic unit.

Models 2018 Jeep Compass 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Toyota RAV4
MSRP $20,995 $23,850 $24,150 $24,510
Engine 2.4-Liter Inline-4 2.5-Liter Inline-4 2.4-liter 4-cylinder 2.5-liter Inline-4
Transmission 6-Speed Manual Transmission Automatic CVT automatic transmission 6-speed automatic
Power 180 hp @ 6400 RPM 168 hp @ 6000 RPM 184 hp @ 6400 RPM 176 hp @ 6000 RPM
Torque 175 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM 170 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM 180 ft-lb @ 3900 RPM 172 ft-lb @4100 RPM

This 9-speed unit is particularly found helpful in the Trailhawk trim, which also with a pliant suspension setup can be used to traverse the uncharted path. On paper, the 2018 Compass turns out to be quite an exciting proposition, but it hardly can catch up to the segment leaders in real-life scenarios. The legendary and best-selling Honda CR-V is still the undisputed performance king in this segment, backed with bundles of practicality quotient.

2018 Jeep Compass Acceleration

The 2018 Jeep Compass does the 0-60 MPH sprint in a rather slow 10.5 seconds. This is with the standard 2.4L Inline-4 engine when paired with the 6-speed manual setup. The quarter-mile barrier is also crossed in a total time of 17.8 seconds, which makes this crossover painfully slow. The engine unit is quite underwhelming, and the 6-speed automatic transmission fails to put down the power in the lower RPM bands quite effectively.

Model 2018 Jeep Compass 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Toyota RAV4
0-60 MPH 10.5 sec 9.1 sec 8.6 sec 8.3 sec
Quarter mile 17.8 sec 16.8 sec 16.7 sec 17.0 sec

Jeep, although says that all compromises made on the performance front have been made up for in the fuel efficiency front. While the Toyota RAV4 manages to be the fastest crossover in the segment, the 2018 Honda CR-V, even with the most powerful engine tries to play catch up.

2018 Jeep Compass Braking and Handling

An undisputed off-road gem, Jeep's prowess when it comes to off-roading should be worth a mention for sure. Especially the Trailhawk trim, which gets all-terrain rugged tires, slimmer bumpers, a 20:1 crawl ratio, and an inch more ground clearance, thus making it the best to charter the unpaved course. The rest of the models have a responsive steering setup and are quite agile on corners, even with a decent amount of body lean. The Compass depicts a more sporty behavior.

Model 2018 Jeep Compass 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Toyota RAV4
Brake pads-front(in) 12.0 12.8 11.1 10.8
Brake pads Rear(in) 11.0 12 10.2 11.2
Curb weight(lbs) 3184 3552 3307 3455
60-0 MPH 121 ft. 112 ft. 117 ft. 122 ft.

The suspension setup coupled with eh different driving modes also keeps the ride smooth over bumps and corners. With 12-inch front brake rotors and 11-inch rear brake rotors, the 2018 Jeep Compass comes to a complete dead stop from 60 MPH in just about 121 ft. This relatively feels slower, even though in the real world the brakes do feel confident and have an adequate bite to them even under quite a bit of pressure.

2018 Jeep Compass Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2018 Jeep Compass delivers an EPA standard of 23 MPG in the city and 32 MPG out on the highway. This is with the standard 6-speed manual setup with the FWD option. Opt for the AWD setup, and the Compass does 22 and 31 MPG in the city and highway respectively. What the Jeep Compass lags in terms of outright performance duties, it more or less makes up for it in terms of decent fuel economy figures.

Model 2018 Jeep Compass 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Toyota RAV4
Mpg city 23 21 26 23
Mpg highway 32 29 32 30
Mpg combine 26 24 28 26
Fuel Capacity 13.5 gallons 15.7 gallons 14.0 gallons 15.9 gallons

Opting for the 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2018 Compass is rated for 23 MPG in the city and 31 miles to the gallon out on the highway. The 9-speed automatic, on the other hand, even if only paired with the AWD setup delivers 22 and 30 MPG in the city and highway respectively. Further Start/ Stop functions also do their part in shutting off the engine to conserve fuel.

2018 Jeep Compass Interior

8.0/10

The 60/40-split rear seats fold down nearly flat, and the armrest bin and glovebox are well sized for your personal items. The door pockets can accommodate larger water bottles, and the cupholders do an effective job of holding bottles and cups firmly in place — Edmunds

2018 Jeep Compass Interior Seating and Comfort

The 2018 Jeep Compass is capable of providing comfortable accommodation to five average-sized passengers. Although having said that, the rear cabin space is evidently quite cramped for long journeys. The low headroom also turns out to be just a bit claustrophobic while taking on long journeys. Cloth upholstery in the lower trims, whereas good bolstered leather seats for the higher trims, make the 2018 Compass a premium yet comfortable offering.

Going up the trim ladder, the front seats are 6-way power-adjustable, whereas the rear seats are just 4-way adjustable. both heated and ventilating functions are standard from the base up. The interior dashboard as a whole is made of cheap plastic components but nevertheless has a premium feel to it. Coming onto the competition, practicality-wise, the Honda CR-V definitely takes the cake here, with the best-in-class cabin room.

Model 2018 Jeep Compass 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Toyota RAV4
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 39.2/56.7/41.8 39.9/56/43.1 40.1/57.9/41.3 39.8/57.3/42.6
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 38.5/55.1/38.3 39/55.3/36.8 39.2/55.6/40.4 38.9/55.4/37.2

Some of the interior features included with the 2018 Compass are-

  • Simulated Leather seat upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power liftgate
  • Sunroof

2018 Jeep Compass Infotainment

The 2018 Jeep Compass comes equipped with the latest Uconnect interface, which is quite intuitive to use. The base trims get a 7-inch touchscreen, while the Limited trim is treated with an 8.4-inch one. The system has been updated for faster and better performance with superior graphics. The driver-centric dashboard with the touchscreen infotainment unit now gets both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Some of the standard infotainment features included with the 2018 Compass are-

  • Bluetooth
  • 2 USB ports
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Navigation system
  • 9-speaker Beats premium audio system
  • Upgraded driver information display

2018 Jeep Compass Cargo Space

The 2018 Jeep Compass has 27.2 cu. ft of cargo space behind the rear seats of the 2018 Jeep Compass. Fold the seats down in a 60/40 manner, and that space increases to 59.8 cu. ft. Practicality takes a back seat in the Jeep Compass, and that very same reason makes it stand last in the cargo department. The automated rear liftgate option is a boon while loading and unloading items off the boot.

Model 2018 Jeep Compass 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Toyota RAV4
Cargo Volume (ft. cube) (w/Rear seats folded) 59.8 67.8 75.8 73.4
Cargo Volume (ft. cube) (Behind 2nd Row) 27.2 34.0 39.2 38.4

Although the higher cargo floor makes it all the more difficult to do the same. Coming inside the cabin, there are plenty of interior storage spaces inside, for all your belongings for when you venture for that long-overdue holiday. The practicality king- the Honda CR-V aces this one too.

2018 Jeep Compass Exterior

7.5/10

The 2018 Jeep Compass looks like a smaller Grand Cherokee, which is welcome to our eyes - Edmunds

The 2018 Jeep Compass' exterior design silhouette is about the only thing that is going for it. It comes with an aggressive front fascia which comprises of the seven-slot grille and gets a design treatment that matches the outline of the Jeep family. The look gets bolder with the metallic trim. The side profile looks neat throughout. The rear comes with a thick roof pillar while the roofline tapers down to the back slightly to the rear end.

If you are looking for a more adventurous Compass model then the Trailhawk trim with the shiny black paint with the silver-toned body will be a great choice. The base trims are plain and need an optional package with alloy wheels and a roof rack to look distinguished. 17-inch aluminum wheels are standard, while 19-inch alloys with all-terrain tires can be had with the Trailhawk trim.

Model 2018 Jeep Compass 2018 Ford Escape 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Toyota RAV4
Curb weight(lbs) 3184 3552 3307 3455
Length(in) 173.0 178.1 180.6 183.5
Width(in) (w/o mirror) 73.8 72.4 63 72.6
Height(in) 64.6 66.3 66.1 67.1
Ground clearance(in) 7.8 7.8 7.8 6.1
Wheelbase(in) 103.8 105.9 104.7 104.7
Track width(in) F/R 60.7/60.3 61.5/61.6 63/63.7 61.8/61.8

The exterior features of the 2018 Jeep Compass are-

  • 18-inch wheels
  • 17-inch alloys with off-road-oriented tires
  • Red tow hooks
  • Xenon headlights
  • Power Liftgate
  • Roof rails

2018 Jeep Compass Safety

7.5/10

Jeep has updated the safety quotient of the 2018 Compass, by adding in the latest in terms of advanced driver-assistance tech. One of the safest vehicles in the compact crossover segment, the 2018 Compass gets a 4 on 5-star rating from the NHTSA, while the IIHS  honors it with the Top Safety Pick award in terms of crashworthiness. Further Advanced Safety and Lighting packages are also offered as optional extras with the Compass. The missing fitment on the Compass is Adaptive cruise control. Rivals like Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V have made some major features standard while the Compass feels too new to adopt the same.

Some of the standard active and passive safety features on offer are-

  • Standard rearview camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist and rear parking sensors.
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning

2018 Jeep Compass Competition

2018 Jeep Compass Vs 2018 Ford Escape

Ford Escape might be the only compact crossover in this class that makes the Jeep Compass look good. For a consumer-friendly price tag, the Escape offers a decent powertrain, which although lags on the power front, more than makes up for it on the fuel economy front.

Coming to the interior, the Compass might deliver a more upscale cabin, but the infotainment interface used by the Jeep is the best in the business.

2018 Jeep Compass Vs 2018 Honda CR-V

There seems to be no area wherein the Jeep Compass can match up to the Honda CR-V. The best-selling Honda CR-V for under 30 grand offers a multitude of perks, the likes of which renders it the best-in-the-business tag.

Although, when it comes to off-roading capabilities, the Jeep Compass aces this segment with flying colors, especially the latest Trailhawk trim.

2018 Jeep Compass Final Verdict

The 2018 Jeep Compass should turn out to be quite an interesting buy. Prospective buyers would be in a dilemma as to whether to choose the practicality of the other crossovers over the outright off-road capabilities of the Compass, for around the same price range. With an upscale interior setup, and an appealing exterior front to match that, the 2018 Compass is definitely worth your time.

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