Jeep Compass Limited
When You Really Need To Get Away
By Ron Amadon
DAMASCUS, MD. – For 2017 Jeep introduced an all-new Compass with the brand’s legendary off-road capability intact, and the added ability to keep you and yours comfy on the slog to work.
The Limited test model brought forth leather trimmed bucket seats, that were heated and eight ways adjustable with 4-way power lumbar support, for instance. A dual pane panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Navi, an 8.4 inch infotainment screen, and more will ease the pain of backed up traffic.
Well that is the same. A 2.4-liter I-4 engine with 180 horsepower, 175 lb.-ft. of torque mated to the choice of three transmissions: A nine-speed automatic transmission for 4×4 models, a six-speed manual transmission (4×2 and 4×4 models) or a six-speed automatic transmission for 4×2 Compass models.
The nine speed performed well but the 2.4 liter four was weak in the acceleration department when pushed for quick maneuvers or interstate integration. Another 10 to 20 hp please.
In mostly suburban driving, I finished the week at 22.6 mpg. EPA ratings are 22/30/25 mpg. Look for a 0-60 in the upper reaches of the 9 second range.
Jeep offers two 4×4 systems each of which can send 100 percent of available torque to any one wheel. Handy when your best friend starts reading “Living Beyond the Grid” magazine.
Jeep’s “Active Drive” is a full time 4×4 system while “Active Drive Low” brings a 20:1 crawl ratio. Those who believe deep mud is a super highway will want that along with the Trailhawk model.
Our test vehicle included a center console knob to select the best four wheel drive performance when the surface is Snow, Sand, or Mud. It will automatically select for you as well.
But for all its off road and bad weather accomplishments, the Compass was comfortable on interstates as well. One might expect a rock hard suspension but that was not the case here.
Out back there is ample storage capacity at nearly 60 cubic feet with the second row seats folded. Leave them up and two adults passengers will find more than acceptable room.
Our well optioned Compass carried an MSRP of $35,555 including transportation. An $895 Safety and Lighting Group, $745 Safety and Security Group, $895 Navigation Group, along with the $1,295 Sunroof were the major options.
In sum, the 2017 Compass is a huge improvement over the older model with all the safety gear one expects, but also with the equipment and level of refinement inside that is expected by today’s buyers.
SOOOOO, if your summer vacation is to a remote electricity-free cabin in the deep woods with bears as your next door neighbors, you need a Jeep. Go over the long, long option list and there is one that will surely get you there.