2016 Jeep Compass

Starting MSRP: $19,695 - $26,045

Estimated MPG: 23 city / 30 hwy

2016 Jeep Compass Review

A popular choice for those seeking an affordable entry into the Jeep brand, the 2016 Jeep Compass is a compact, two-row crossover with an SUV-style benefit: When equipped with an available Freedom Drive II Off-road package, the Compass is capable enough to earn the brand’s “Trail Rated” badge.

The 2016 Compass features two trims - Sport and Latitude - each of which features its own upgrade package. For the former, there’s a new-for-2016 Sport SE setup with added content and style, and the latter can be enhanced with a High Altitude package. Also new this model year are a standard Uconnect hands-free system and a one-year satellite subscription for Sport models. Meanwhile, the Compass Latitude gains standard automatic headlights.

A 75th Anniversary Compass limited edition that honors Jeep’s military debut in 1941 is being offered as well. In terms of powertrain offerings, Jeep provides two four-cylinder engines that, depending on Compass trim, can be matched with manual, automatic or continuously variable transmissions.

Exterior

Exterior

With a distinctive interpretation of the traditional seven-slotted Jeep grille, along with a relatively rounded exterior shape, the 2016 Compass has a modern look that’s complemented by standard roof rails, halogen headlights and front fog lamps. Heated outside mirrors are available as an option. All the wheels for the Compass are aluminum alloys, too, and they range in size from 16 to 18 inches. The previously mentioned Freedom Drive II Off-road package supplies rugged cues such as all-terrain tires and an extra inch of ground clearance. For the 75th Anniversary edition, notable design highlights encompass Low Gloss Bronze wheels and an appropriately themed Recon Green exterior finish.

Interior

Interior

The Jeep Compass can be ordered with upscale cabin elements like leather upholstery and heated front seats, and for value, the vehicle can supply heated front seats with premium cloth surfaces. As for the rear seats, there’s more room for passengers than in many of the Compass’ rivals, and up to 53.6 cubic feet of space for cargo when the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats are lowered. With rear seatbacks up, there’s 22.7 cubic feet of storage space in the vehicle’s cargo hold. Another interesting storage solution is the open bin up front, located above the glovebox.

Performance

Performance

The Compass is configured with a standard front-wheel drive layout and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which results in EPA ratings that can reach 23/30 mpg city/highway with a five-speed manual transmission. If you want more output than the base engine’s 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque is available. Here, the Compass’ best EPA estimates are 23/28 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and the manual transmission.

Additionally, there are two four-wheel-drive systems available with the larger Compass engine, including the Jeep Freedom Drive II with a specially engineered continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 19:1 overall crawl ratio and a dedicated low range.

With the exception of Freedom Drive II, a six-speed automatic transmission is optional with the Compass’ larger engine. Models with the base engine are available with a CVT.

Technology

Technology

The Compass isn’t the most technologically advanced vehicle on the market, but its available Uconnect 430 infotainment system does supply a 6.5-inch touch screen, which doubles as the display for an available rearview camera. Moreover, navigation also is available, as are a 40-gigabyte hard drive for media storage and a nifty audio feature: The uplevel sound system in the Compass can be complemented by nine Boston Acoustics speakers, including two in the tailgate that can be turned outward for open-air party purposes.