The compass is SUVs with prices above the Renegade but below the most expensive Wrangler, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. The Compass replaces the outgoing and dated Compass and Patriot models of the latest generation. The new 2018 Jeep Compass is a good bet for those who do not need the size and capacity of the larger Cherokee but want something bigger than the Renegade subcompact.
2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk models pick up 17-inch wheels, Falken off-road tires, black details instead of chrome, iconic red tow hooks, a sill plate raft and anti-tip plates to protect the bodies vital off-road. a revised lower front bar section that offers a much more convenient approach angle. Trailhawk buyers will be impressed by its off-road credentials. With a 216mm ground clearance, the Trailhawk offers a 30-degree approach and a 34-degree departure angle, as well as significant underbody protection to protect it while driving off-road. There is also a good transmission of low end.
The cabin is a huge step forward from the latest compass, with an 8.4-inch UConnect color touchscreen that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new screen is very high resolution and navigate through the menus is an absolute breeze. It is associated with an excellent voice recognition system that includes a variety of user inputs that range from phone contacts to navigation addresses. features include a new DAB + digital radio sound system, dual-zone climate control, bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights, automatic headlamps and windshield wipers, leather seats, satellite navigation, electric front seats, back-up camera with front and rear parking sensors, push-button start, auto-dimming rearview mirror and heated front seats.
The fleshy flywheel fits well in the hand, while the rest of the cabin offers plenty of storage, an electrically assisted parking brake frees up extra space in the center of the cab. Sitting in the driver’s bench provides an unobstructed view of the road visibility forward, the sides and the back. The only thing we challenged was the size of pillar A. It’s pretty chunky and can sometimes hinder the traffic.
The only engine is a 4-cylinder, 180-horsepower, mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic or, in its best life, a 9-speed automatic. Regardless of the gearbox, it is difficult to pull when more than two passengers are on board. On the plus side, the Compass rolls well with most tire and wheel combinations, although we are wary of the larger 19-inch option. We have a special love for the Trailhawk model. The other Compass crossovers can be equipped with four-wheel drive, but the Trailhawk has thinner bumpers, a simulated 20: 1 crawl ratio, an extra inch of ground clearance and rugged off-road tires. He hits the sweet spot between crossover and SUV.