Like its Sibling, the Patriot, the Compass also seems to be
“driving on a thin line”. Like the Patriot,
the Compass lacks a host of safety and technologies. However,
the two vehicles have managed maintain good sales year in year
out, perhaps due to the Jeep nametag. For 2016, Jeep has tried
to upgrade the Compass with some new features inside and
outside. Despite its shortcomings, the 2016 Jeep Compass is an
attractive option for a buyer looking for a bargain-priced
crossover that can veer off to the off-roads occasionally.
According to reports, the Compass will be replaced next year.
This was the reason behind the automaker’s decision to omit the
Compass Limited trim from the lineup. To make the Compass more
appealing, the automaker has adopted some styling cues from the
Grand Cherokee. Read along to find out more:
2016 Jeep Compass Exterior and Interior
After the omission of the Limited trim, the Compass is now
offered in Sport and Latitude trim levels. The Compass
accommodates five passengers. Standard features include
cloth upholstery on the seats, a tilt-adjustable steering
wheel, hand-crank windows, illuminated cupholders, air
conditioning, cruise control and heated power-folding mirrors.
Other features include Bluetooth connectivity and a
four-speaker sound system that features satellite radio and an
auxiliary audio jack. The model rides on 16-inch alloy wheels
with an option for 17-inchers with AWD. The Sport trim also
features cruise control, hill-start assist and fog lights.
Opting for the Sport SE package you get heated cloth-mesh front
seats, a steering wheel wrapped in leather with integrated
audio controls, roof rails, a chrome exhaust tip and 18-inch
alloy wheels. A Sport SE badge is also offered to differentiate
it from the base Sport trim.
Opting for the Latitude trim, you get most of the SE package
features. In addition, you get automatic headlights, an
adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, power windows and
power door locks, a 60/40 reclining rear seats, keyless entry
and ignition as well as a 115-volt power socket. For more
equipment, you can order your Compass with the High Altitude
package which adds leather upholstery on seats, a power
sunroof, and a 6-way power adjusted driver’s seat. Models with
the package ride on 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-season
While the Freedom Drive I AWD system has all-season reassurance
for paved terrain, you will need to go for the Freedom Drive II
if you will be driving on off-road terrain regularly.
Standalone options include a USB port, a touch-screen display
screen featuring digital music storage, a sunroof, a navigation
system, and a rearview camera. For the audiophiles, there is an
option for a 9-speaker Premium Group sound system featuring two
flip-down speakers on the tailgate.
For safety, the Compass features anti-lock brakes along with
four-wheel discs on AWD models. FWD models feature rear drums.
Other safety features include stability control and a well
equipped package of airbags.
Engine Specs and performance
The base Compass will be motivated by a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder
powerplant which is good for 158 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is paired with either a 5-speed manual transmission
or a CVT system. With the 5-speed manual gearbox, the Compass
returns 23 mpg in city and 30 mpg on highway drives. With a
CVT, the model returns 22 mpg in city and 26 mpg on highway
drives. This engine is only offered in FWD.
The second mill is a 2.4 L, 4-cylinder mill which produces 172
horses and 165 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a
5-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed automatic transmission
or a CVT system. This engine will be offered in both FWD and
AWD drive modes. With a manual and FWD, the model returns 23
mpg in city and 29 mpg on highway , 21 mpg city and 28 mpg on
highway with FWD and automatic transmission. AWD with a manual
transmission returns 20 mpg in city and 26 mpg on highway.
Opting for AWD with automatic transmission and Freedom Drive I
returns 20 mpg in city and 26 mpg on highway while AWD with CVT
and Freedom Drive II w/Off-Road package returns 20 mpg in city
and 23 mpg on highway drives.The Compass has a maximum towing
capacity of 2000 lbs.
Price and release date
The 2016 Jeep Compass base Sport trim has a starting price of
$20,590 while the Latitude trim starts at MSRP $24,890. Opting
for extras can take the price to over $24,890.
The 2016 Jeep Compass competes with the likes of
Mazda CX-5, Ford
Escape and Honda
CR-V. These models are more equipped and slightly more
expensive than the Compass.