Jeep made the Compass debut back in 2007, and now the American carmaker has introduced the 2018 Jeep Compass with minor changes. However, the refreshed Compass was launched last year as 2017 Jeep Compass. Jeep compass slots itself between the smaller Renegade and the large Cherokee. Jeep Compass is less powerful in comparison to the performance SUV Cherokee. The trims that are available for sale include Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited editions.
Jeep Compass has scored some pretty good safety scores. The standard safety equipment includes rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking. Amenities like USB ports, cloth seats, Bluetooth, and Touchscreen audio are available as standard. Moreover, the Compass Limited gets navigation, leather, and Beats audio system.
The intelligent Trailhawk edition is claimed to be top spec and fun-to-drive trim. The front fascia looks similar to the Cherokee, which gives it an urban outlook. The roof comes painted in a contrasting black color, making with distinguished. Jeep has offered numerous packages to maintain the comfort level with the Compass. The sole engine comprises a 180-hp 4-cylinder engine mated with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic or a 9-speed automatic transmission. Out of all the Compass trims, Trailhawk is certainly a head-turner. The Compass Trailhawk is offered with slimmer bumpers and a 20:1 simulated crawl ratio. It also offers more ground clearance. It’s a perfect blend of crossover and SUV.
2018 Jeep Compass Features
The trim levels are carried over from the 2017 Compass model. The trim level comprises of four versions: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. All trim levels are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is capable of delivering 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission (standard on the Sport), while a six-speed (FWD) or a nine-speed (AWD) automatic transmission is optional.
Rest of the Compass trim have automatic as standard equipment. The front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configuration are optional on all compass trims except the Trailhawk that comes with AWD as standard.
The standard features available with the Sport trim include air-conditioning,16-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, the smaller Uconnect system integrated with a 5-inch touchscreen display, a six-speaker sound system, and a USB port.
“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
Engine and Transmission
All models of 2018 Jeep Compass are powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder Inline4 MultiAir Gasoline engine that delivers 180-hp at 6,400 rpm and 175 lb-ft of torque at 3,900 rpm. The 6-speed manual is standard on lower trims, while a 6-speed automatic is offered with FWD models. The 9-speed automatic transmission is only available with 4WD automatic-transmission models. The power output combined with a stiff chassis makes this Jeep perfect for off-roading purposes.
2.4-Liter Inline-4 MultiAir Gas engine.
6-Speed Manual Transmission
CVT automatic transmission
180hp @ 6400 rpm
168hp @ 6000 rpm
184 hp @ 6400 rpm
176hp @6000 rpm
175 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm
170 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
180 ft-lb @ 3900 rpm
172 ft-lb @4100 rpm
(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)
Honda CR-V offers slightly more power than the compass. Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 both have lesser power as compared to the Jeep.
On the acceleration front, Jeep’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder powertrain paired with a six-speed manual transmission turns out to be steady. It sprints 0-60 MPH in 10 seconds while the rivals manage to complete it at a faster pace. The 180-hp engine literally takes some time to catch speed while the 9-speed automatic doesn’t make much difference while getting mated to this small power delivery engine.
16.3 sec @ 86.4 mph
16.0 sec @ 89 mph
16.3 sec @ 86.4 mph
The competition is faster than the compass and by quite a margin. The Ford and the Honda are quicker than the Jeep by almost a second, and the Honda by a whopping two seconds.
Braking and Handling
Jeep Compass is undoubtedly made for off-roading and all the trims are being offered with front-wheel drive. The transmission is also upgradable to four-wheel drive. The handling is not so easy with the inconsistent steering and unstable body movement. The suspension setup keeps the ride smooth over curves and corners.
The Jeep Trailhawk offers amazing performance and off-road capability. The Trailhawk is gifted with an off-road suspension system, hill descent control, and all-season on/off-road tires, and a rock driving mode.
Brake pads Rear(in)
2018 Jeep Compass Fuel Economy
The slow and steady engine of 2018 Compass offers minimal fuel economy in its class but better than the Ford Escape. With the manual transmission, the Compass returns 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive configuration and the automatic transmission lowers the economy to 22/30 mpg.
2018 Jeep Compass Interior
“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
Interior Seating and Comfort
The 2018 Compass is capable of providing comfortable accommodation to five passengers. The seats come with premium cloth upholstery and offered with six-way manually adjustable front seats and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. The available seating options include leather upholstery, cloth, and vinyl-trimmed seats, power adjustable heated front seats, and a heated front seat. Both the row seats provide abundant legroom but the headroom is limited with the sunroof.
The rear seats re-equipped with lower anchors and three tether anchors for child safety seats. The child safety seat can be installed in the middle seat by taking a lower anchor from each of the seats that are not in use.
Passenger volume (ft.)
The 2018 Compass comes equipped with Jeep’s latest Uconnect interface, which handy to use. The standard features that come attached to the fitment include a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. There is also a recommended 8.4-inch touch-screen display that offers superior graphics and a user-friendly home screen. The additional features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, and a nine-speaker Beats premium audio system.
Jeep Compass offers very less cargo space in comparison to rivals like Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. There are only 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is believed to be very low for a compact SUV. However, Jeep has applied a different strategy to enhance better cargo volume inside the cabin. The rear seats can be folded completely flat and multiple cubbies throughout the cabin allow some extra item to store easily.
(w/Rear seats fold)
(Behind 2nd Row)
2018 Jeep Compass Exterior
"The 2018 Jeep Compass looks like a smaller Grand Cherokee, which is welcome to our eyes."-Edmunds
Dimension & Weight
The 2018 Compass 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 metallic trim. The side profile looks neat throughout. The rear comes with a thick roof pillar while the roofline is taper.
If you are looking for more adventurous Compass model then 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 roof rack to look distinguished.
Width(in) (w/o mirror)
Track width(in) F/R
Design and Styling
The 2018 Jeep Compass is smaller than the Cherokee model. The Trailhawk and Limited models get a black paint and 2-tone roof as standard. The new Compass will surely surprise its buyers with its hidden elements such as the Loch Ness monster on the rear hatch glass. The Limited trims offer more delight with more chrome work on the exterior, while the Trailhawk trims increased ruggedness with bigger ground clearance, snazzy red tow hooks, a blackout anti-glare hood, and skid plates.
2018 Jeep Compass Safety
All models of the 2018 Compass comes with a standard rearview camera. In the base trim, Jeep has offered some advanced safety features such as automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and rear parking sensors.
Jeep Compass Safety Features
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver Knee Airbag
Rear Child Safety Locks
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
Parkview Back-Up Camera
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.
The 2018 Compass has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but the identical 2017 Compass model has received overall four out of five-star ratings. On the other hand, the IIHS has named Compass for the Top Safety Pick as the car has earned impressive Good scores in the crash tests and front crash prevention has earned a superior rating.
Small Overlap front driver side
Small overlap front passenger side
Moderate overlap front
Head Restraints & Seats
Crash avoidance and mitigation
Front crash prevention
2018 Jeep Compass Competition
Jeep Compass VS Ford Escape
Ford Escape is energetic and powerful. It offers upscale interior along with easy-to-use infotainment system. If you are willing to play around more with your car, Ford Escape is a good pick.
Jeep Compass VS Honda CR-V
Honda CR-V has become a domestic name in a very short while. The compact SUV offers an array of perks. It is stable and offers amazing gas mileage. The car is capable of providing light off-roading capabilities with 8.2 inches of ground clearance. It’s still a good deal and has much more to offer than the Compass. It cost a few thousand bucks more than the Compass.
Jeep Compass VS Toyota RAV4
Toyota RAV4 is hunky and smartly built compact SUV. The car has scored excellent crash test scores. It comes loaded with major safety equipment and offers stable ride quality.
2018 Jeep Compass Final Verdict
The 2018 Jeep Compass is appealing in all respects. From the exterior to the interior, everything looks simply magnificent. It offers lots of legroom and comfortable seating to all the passengers. The infotainment system is good for newbies who are trying it for the first time. There’s wide range of available packages, which you can choose as per your budget and convenience. The only downside is the slow engine and the below average cargo space, otherwise, the compact SUV is a complete ride companion.