2020 Jeep Compass

MSRP $22,105

Ranked #8 in Compact Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2020 Jeep Compass Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 15, 2021

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Amratya Nigam 

Automotive Journalist


Jeep Compass was never the best Subcompact SUV but has always been a strong contender for the title. It makes a strong case for itself with its brilliant brand image, low base price, and good off-road capability. It isn't the most practical car around though, neither is it a great car within the city perimeters. Thankfully, it gets a lot of equipment and has upmarket looks which makes it a really desirable car.

Cheap usually means not good. That has always been the case since the beginning of trade, back when cavemen decided to barter items for other items. The less you offer, the less you get. This, however, isn't the stone age, neither do we barter anymore. Cost-efficient production has seen the prices go down and quality go up almost universally. Nowadays, you can buy a cheap item, and even those might last a long time, if not a lifetime. Is the Auto industry the same as well? It certainly is.

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Pros

Gorgeous looks

Responsive 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit

Brilliant 4x4 option

Trailhawk version

Cons

Slow Automatic gearbox

Price rise for subsequent models is quite steep

Rear space is compromised

What's New?

Minor revision of the feature-list

Apple Carplay and Android Auto now standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22105

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

175 lbs.-ft. @ 3900 rpm

transmission

6 speed Manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear strut suspension

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

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/30 mpg

highway range

405.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Sport$22,105 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 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

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.7

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


Compact SUVs have taken the market by a storm, owing to their practicality and low prices. For further price savings, subcompact SUVs were introduced, which offer almost all the same goodies as the compact SUVs but at an even lower price point. This is where we find the 2020 Jeep Compass. It is a pretty little car for a pretty little segment. 

Borrowing plenty of design cues from its elder sibling - The Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Compass looks like a dwarfed version of the same. However, it all works in favor of the Compass. With the Jeep-specific 7-slit grille and a typical SUV-like boxy silhouette, its brawny road presence makes it stand apart from the segment. With the prices going over $21k for the base Rear-wheel drive variant, the Jeep Compass pokes the territories of some serious contenders such as Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Subaru Crosstrek, and a few others. Let's move ahead and find out if it can make a place for itself in this, otherwise, crowded segment.

2020 Jeep Compass SUV front angle view
2020 Jeep Compass SUV rear angle view

8.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.7/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 Jeep Compass Features

8.5/10

"Truly capable off-road, copious technology options, handsome Jeep styling." - Car and Driver

There are 5 trim options with the 2020 Jeep Compass. The base “Sport” variant in the Front-wheel-drive guise is quite a cheap entry point into the lineup, although the subsequent trims are significantly expensive. Off-road enthusiasts will appreciate the 4x4 versions. However, the ones seeking extraordinary performance on the off-roading front are sure to be tempted by the Trailhawk variant. Not only does it possess impeccable "go-anywhere" traits, but it also stands apart from the lineup with some extra aesthetic upgrades.

Trim

Sport

Latitude

Altitude

Trailhawk

Limited

MSRP RWD

$21,595

$24,395

$26,265

-

$27,945

MSRP AWD

$23,095

$24,845

$28,945

$27,765

$29,445

Key Features

Rear Back-Up Camera

Adding on top of Sport

Adding on top of Latitude 

Adding on top of Altitude

Adding on top of Altitude 

 

16-Inch Painted Tech Silver Aluminum Wheels

heated steering wheel

18-Inch Gloss Black Wheels

Ruby Red Tow Hooks

Heated Power Exterior Mirrors with Turn Signal Indicator

 

Uconnect 4 with 7-Inch Touchscreen

Uconnect 4 with 7-inch reconfigurable Driver Information Digital Cluster Display

Gloss Black Exterior Accents

Active Drive Low 4x4 System

Uconnect 4 with 8.4-Inch Touchscreen Featuring Android Auto™ Integration and Apple CarPlay Support

 

heated front seats

Piano Black Interior Accents

Leather-Trimmed Interior with Ruby Red Accents

Premium Heated Leather-Trimmed Front Seats

 
 

windshield wiper de-icer

Gloss Black Roof

Two-Tone Gloss Black Roof

   
 

Remote Vehicle Start

       
 

Selec-Terrain Traction Management System (For 4x4 models only)

       

We Recommend

For budget off-road enthusiasts, the Trailhawk trim is currently the best compact SUV in the market. For tighter budgets though, the base "Sport" trim, paired with the AWD system, would suit just fine as it is loaded with a plethora of standard features such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, heated front seats, remote vehicle start, and a lot more. 

2020 Jeep Compass Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Compass feels more agile than its tall, boxy profile would suggest, responding ably to inputs from the nicely weighted steering wheel.-Car and Driver

The 2020 Jeep Compass, arguably, is a little too overwhelming amongst similarly priced cars. For a starting price of $21,595, you get a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 engine. Power and torque figures soar at 180 HP and 175 lb-ft. 

2020 Jeep Compass engine bay

The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual by default. You can also opt for either a 6 speed or a 9-speed automatic gearbox, both of which take their own sweet time to change gears. The power is transferred to the wheels via a rugged all-wheel-drive system. You get an option of front-wheel drive on higher trims as well, which should have been the other way around according to industry standards.

Models

2020 Jeep Compass

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Ford Escape

MSRP

$21,595

$25,150

$25,950

$24,885

Engine

2.4 Liter Inline 4

1.5L I-4 Regular

2.5L I-4 Regular

1.3L I-3 Premium

Drivetrain 4WD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual transmission (6 or 9-speed Automatic)

2-Speed CVT

8-Speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

Horsepower

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

190 hp @ 5,600 RPM

203 hp @ 6,600 RPM

181 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

175 lb.-ft @ 3900 rpm

179 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

190 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

 

Acceleration of the 2020 Jeep Compass

2020 Jeep Compass’s mildly powerful engine doesn’t perform too well. It gets the car rolling from a standstill to 60 MPH in a lazy 10 seconds. Quarter mile times haven’t been tested yet, but it is safe to say the Jeep won’t be setting any performance records.

2020 Jeep Compass SUV driving view

The power surge is quite linear and the Compass takes some time before it gets going. There is also a considerable turbo lag that could get frustrating in traffic conditions while performing overtakes at low speeds. Also, the maximum power output comes at a higher rev-range and thus, adds to the lousy character of the Compass.

Models

2020 Jeep Compass

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Ford Escape

0-60 MPH (sec)

10.0

11.1

12.0

12.8

Quarter mile (sec)

N/A

10.2"

11.1

12.0

Engine

2.4 Liter Inline 4

3,337 lbs

3,370 lbs

3,298 lbs

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

125 Feet

122 Feet

121 Feet

 

Ride and Handling of the 2020 Jeep Compass

The Jeep is a relatively nimble car on its feet, much more than its bulk should allow. The steering is nicely weighted, although we wish it could express a bit more to the driver. The Compass is fast to respond to inputs, and hard cornering is sure to induce a fair amount of body roll. Ride quality is quite smooth and never gets unsettling, even when navigating through rough terrain.

2020 Jeep Compass

When you talk about a Jeep, its off-road ability is one of the most discussed features. Even though the Compass is primarily a “soft-roader”, Jeep hasn’t gone completely soft. If you find yourself in a neighborhood devoid of tarmac roads, you would appreciate the off-roading capabilities of this Jeep. It has 8.2 inches of ground clearance, which is good enough for not being stranded over smaller rocks.

Braking of the 2020 Jeep Compass

The Compass has a nervous brake pedal, ready to engage at the slightest touch. Don’t let the response fool you into thinking the brakes are strong. They aren’t very effective at shedding speed, mostly due to its off-roading nature. Opting for better road tires might help here.

2020 Jeep Compass brake rotor

Apart from its snatchy nature, there is also negligible travel from the brake pedal. You glance your foot over it and the SUV nose-dives. This phenomenon could get scary at spirited speeds and needs a little getting used to.

Model

2020 Jeep Compass

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Ford Escape

Brake Front (in.)

12

11.1"

12.0"

12.8"

Brake Rear (in.)

11

10.2"

11.1"

12.0"

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3327

3,337 lbs

3,370 lbs

3,298 lbs

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

125 Feet

122 Feet

121 Feet

 

2020 Jeep Compass Fuel Economy

7.0/10

"The Compass gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway." - Cars.USnews

The disappointment in performance can be justified by its efficiency figures. The Jeep offers great gas mileage, comparable to a similarly priced sedan. It runs for 22 miles within the city for a gallon, and 31 on the highway, which translates to great fuel savings. With less weight to lug around than a traditional SUV, compact SUVs manage much higher efficiency levels. The smaller engines on some of the cars listed here have even better mileage.

Model

2020 Jeep Compass

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Ford Escape

MPG (city)

22

28

27

27

MPG (highway)

31

34

35

33

MPG (combined)

25

30

30

30

Mazda’s CX3 and Honda HRV seem to run only on fumes, proverbially speaking. The Jeep offers the least mileage within the city limits but come to the freeways, it overpowers its rivals by a wide margin. The rest of the competition is evenly matched and there is no picking out a winner here.

2020 Jeep Compass Interior

7.7/10
The Compass has a spacious interior with good head- and legroom in both rows, though the available sunroof cuts into rear-seat headroom. The seats are generally comfortable and supportive.-Cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort of the 2020 Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass's cabin has enough space for the driver and front passenger, but space in the back leaves much to be desired. Officially, you can seat 5 people inside. In reality, the car seems better suited for 2 adults and 3 teenagers. There aren’t many complaints though, as the target audience for this car is an average suburban family, which usually consists of only the above-mentioned demographic.

2020 Jeep Compass  front seat

As you keep moving towards the top trims, the leatherette seating surfaces are replaced with real leather covers. The front seats, then, also feature heated functions and also enhance the comfort factor with their wide-adjustability traits. The top-trim also features a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. That said, the seats do a fine job of holding you in one place under a spirited driving style.  Also, spending hours on them won't bother you at all, thanks to the apt cushioning and tremendous thigh support.

Model

2020 Jeep Compass

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Ford Escape

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (cu. ft) Headroom/Shoulder/Legroom

39.2/56.7/41.8

40.1/57.9/41.3

39.5/57.8/41.0

40.0/57.6/42.4

Rear (cu. ft) Headroom/Shoulder/Legroom

38.5/55.1/38.3

39.2/59.6/40.4

39.5/56.4/37.8

39.3/56.0/40.7

There isn’t much difference in terms of front cabin space among the competition. The rear space keeps varying though. However, the Honda HRV has the best balance of the two, which is comparable to, or even better than the Compass.

Infotainment System of the 2020 Jeep Compass

The Compass Sport uses Jeep's trusted and familiar, Uconnect system, which is extremely intuitive and informative, with a standard 7-inch touch screen display. It is not as fancy as its rivals, however, it works in favor of the Jeep, as its utility-focused interface is much better and easier to get used to. Having said that, other standard features associated with the infotainment system include:

  • USB Port
  • Auxiliary Input
  • Bluetooth
  • Voice Controls
  • A Six-Speaker Stereo
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
2020 Jeep Compass infotainment

Other than these, you get a few optional features as well, in case you want a little more character on the inside. However, keep in mind that each of these features cost extra that add on top of the MSRP of the car. The options are:

  • An 8.4-Inch Touch Screen
  • Satellite Radio
  • Nine-speaker Beats Premium Sound System
  • Subscription for Navigation System is available

Cargo volume of the 2020 Jeep Compass

This little Jeep comes with plenty of trunk space, 27 cubic feet to be precise, that is good for all your family luggage rolled into 3 giant briefcases. If the need arises for more, you can double the cargo space by folding the rear seats down with just a twist of a knob. On the higher trims though, this knob gets replaced by a powered button.

2020 Jeep Compass cargo space

The tailgate opens high and wide enabling easier loading/unloading. Also, the power-adjusted height lowering feature of the cargo floor on the Compass further adds an extra layer of convenience to its owners. There are also various nets and small hooks in the back that can be helpful in holding some precious elements in your luggage.

Oh, and let's also not forget that the more expensive - Trailhawk, also features bigger roof rails just in case the cargo space doesn't serve your purpose. In case you cannot stretch your budget up to the Trailhawk, then fret not as all the Compasses can tow up to 1,000 lbs behind them. There is a dedicated hook for this purpose on all the trims.

Model

2020 Jeep Compass

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Ford Escape

Cargo Volume with all seats upright(ft.3)

27.2

39.2

37.6

37.5

Cargo Volume with Rear seats folded (ft.3)

59.8

NA NA NA

All the cars here come standard with foldable rear seats, which works great for additional cargo space. Not that they need it, as all daily hauls would easily fit in the trunk. The only exception is the Mazda CX3, which has a particularly small boot, poorer than most hatchbacks.

Interior Features of the 2020 Jeep Compass

The Compass's dash has a neat and clean view with a large touchscreen system hugged by the equally large AC vents. The leather trim on the dash further escalates the oomph factor of the cabin and the heated steering wheel also adds to the same. That said, some of the key highlights of the Jeep's interior are:

  • 8-way power-adjustable driver seat and 6-way manual adjustable front passenger seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Height adjustable cargo loading floor
  • Rearview auto-dimming mirror
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with cabin air filter
  • Overhead console with reading lamps

 

2020 Jeep Compass Exterior

9.0/10
The 2020 Jeep Compass has nice cabin materials and decent off-roading abilities, but its underpowered engine and cramped cargo hold help push it toward the bottom of our compact SUV rankings.-Cars.usnews

Design and Dimensions of the 2020 Jeep Compass

The 2020 Jeep compass does the segment proud by sticking to the unspoken dimension constraints. It remains quite small, less than 15 feet in length. It is also quite light, well under 3 and a half thousand pounds. The tiny 103-inch wheelbase helps with city maneuvering but it comes at a cost of interior space. There is also a lot of empty space under the body, with 8.2 inches of ground clearance to be precise.

2020 Jeep Compass

The 2020 model carries the same look as the 2017 Jeep Compass, with the same visual cues borrowed from the Grand Cherokee. It perfectly mimics the latter with its familiar 7-slit grille which ensures you do not get mistaken by a Jeep for any other car. Unlike most of its rivals, the 2020 Compass retains the classic traits of an SUV with its squared-off boxy silhouette. Further adding on to it, the big wheel arches also accentuate the rugged look of the SUV. All in all, the Compass is amongst the best looking SUVs pertaining to a commanding road presence with a high set hood and class-leading ground clearance.

Model

2020 Jeep Compass

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Ford Escape

Curb weight (lbs.)

3327

3,337

3,370

3,298

Length(in)

173

182.1

180.9

180.5

Width(in)

73.8

73.0

73.0

74.1

Height(in)

64.6

66.1

67.0

66.1

Ground clearance (in)

8.2

7.8

8.4

7.3

Wheelbase (in)

103.8

104.8

105.9

106.7

Compact dimensions are a given with all the cars in this segment, which is also why none of the cars here will ever stand out in terms of dimensions. Subaru’s Crosstrek is minutely longer than the Compass, just 2 inches longitudinally. Apart from that, there aren’t any discernible differences between the two.

2020 Jeep Compass Safety

9.0/10

The 2020 Compass has been equipped with a stiffened chassis from before and its build quality gets even more evident with its crash-test results. With a "4-star" rating from the NHTSA, the Jeep Compass lines up head to head with its rivals in terms of build quality.

2020 jeep compass body structure

Apart from the rugged build-quality, the Compass also features a plethora of advanced safety features that further emphasize the better safety of its occupants. Some of the standard safety features offered with the 2020 Jeep Compass are:

  • 4-Wheel Disc Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
  • All Speed Traction Control
  • Center Rear 3-Point Seat Belt
  • Driver Inflatable Knee-Bolster Airbag
  • Electronic Roll Mitigation
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • LATCH Ready Child Seat Anchor System
  • Motorized Pretensioning Seatbelts
  • Parkview Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Rain Brake Support
  • Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Supplemental Side-Curtain Front and Rear Airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Display

2020 Jeep Compass Competition

7.0/10

2020 Jeep Compass vs 2020 Honda HR-V

Jeep Compass is a more expensive car than the HRV and has a little more premium interiors to justify the price difference. What it cannot justify, however, is the lack of space and performance. Honda HR-V is much cheaper and offers comparable features. The Jeep demands a surprising premium over the other cars here, but you won’t get much for that though. Jeeps are known for their ruggedness and off-road ability, and the Compass keeps up with that tradition. If the 3-grand difference between the base trims of the two is not a problem, the Jeep is worth your money.

2020 honda hr-v

2020 Jeep Compass vs 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is quite a mature car. For off-roading capabilities, you can opt for either of the two. For additional practicality, however, you can choose the Outlander Sport. Japanese cars are reputed for being utterly reliable and practical, and Mitsubishi maintains that word. If only you had a better automatic! Jeep might not be the most practical daily driver, but it certainly is more exciting, especially the Trailhawk version. If fun is high on your to-do list, then you can stop looking past the Jeep.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2020 Jeep Compass vs 2020 Buick Encore

In terms of pricing, Buick Encore is the closest competitor to the Jeep currently. Those are the few similarities they have, along with a relatively heavyweight for the class. The Buick Encore is a much easier car for the city, with slightly tighter dimensions and better performance, but also has a pricier entry point. Both are great mile munchers too. If you do not have any interest in getting off the tarmac, ever, then consider the Buick Encore.

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2020 Jeep Compass Final Verdict

You could look for better practicality in many other vehicles, but you would be losing out on the fun you can have in this one. The handling is a little weak on road, with plenty of body roll and slow performance, but take it to the broken trails, and this car comes alive. In essence, this is just a family car that can offer you cheap thrills off-road, and that is just marvelous. It also has a premium feel, which only makes the ownership experience better.

2020 Jeep Compass Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between the 2018 Compass and the 2020 Compass?

The 2020 Jeep Compass is just as same as the 2018 model apart from a revised feature list and it also gets the Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard.

Is the 2020 Jeep Compass expensive to maintain?

On average, the total annual maintenance costs for a Jeep Compass amount to $519. It is slightly more than the average cost of maintenance ($504) for the compact SUV segment.

Is the Jeep Compass bigger than a Jeep Cherokee?

No, actually it's the other way round. While both are compact SUVs, the Cherokee is 9.0 inches longer than the Compass and also offers 2.5 inches of extra wheelbase. The former is 1.6 inches taller than the Compass as well. For more information, head over to our specifications page for the 2020 Jeep Cherokee.

Does the Jeep compass come with a warranty?

The warranty package of the 2020 Jeep Compass is as follows:

  • Basic Warranty: 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
  • Roadside Warranty: 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
  • Rust Warranty: 5 yr./ unlimited mi.

 

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