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There are two versions of the 2017 Jeep Compass. Make sure to get the redesigned/new Compass and not the old one. It might be tricky to know the difference without seeing the vehicle in person because Jeep uses similar trim level names for both. But once you’ve decided on the new Compass, it’s just a matter of the trim level and options. Although the Trailhawk trim level is neat, we think most buyers will find that the Latitude hits the sweet spot for content and value. It also gives you a lot of flexibility in choosing powertrain and option configurations.
trim levels & features
For the redesigned 2017 Compass, there are four trim levels. All come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (180 horsepower, 175 pound-feet of torque). Starting things out is the Sport trim. Equipped with cloth seats and 16-inch wheels, it’s one of the more affordable compact crossover SUVs. The Latitude model adds larger 17-inch wheels, upgraded seating surfaces and access to some important driver assist systems. The Limited version is only available with all-wheel drive and adds more convenience- and luxury-oriented features. The Trailhawk is the trail-rated Compass and has unique features that optimize its off-road capabilities.
Although it’s the entry-level trim, the Compass Sport can be equipped with the widest variety of drivetrains. It comes standard in front-wheel drive with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is available. The six-speed manual is standard in all-wheel-drive versions as well, but the optional automatic is a nine-speed. Standard equipment highlights include the smaller Uconnect system (with 5-inch touchscreen display), Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker sound system.
Compared to the Sport, the Compass Latitude has larger wheels, upgraded cloth and simulated leather seat upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and more choices for option packages. The packages span the gamut from a tow package, advanced driver safety aids and a Cold Weather package. The Latitude keeps the same 5-inch Uconnect system and is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, just like the Sport. There is no manual-transmission FWD option, though.
The Compass Limited is the most comprehensively equipped. Standout features include 18-inch wheels, upgraded exterior trim, a 8.5-inch Uconnect touchscreen (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration), automatic dual-zone climate control, an upgraded driver information display, a power driver seat, heated front seats and leather upholstery. Unlike the Sport and Latitude, the Limited is only available with AWD and a nine-speed automatic.
Though the Trailhawk sits below the Limited in price, it differs greatly in function and features. Only available in AWD with the nine-speed auto, it rides on 17-inch wheels with off-road-oriented tires, a raised suspension and a unique front fascia to maximize approach and breakover angles. Further mechanical changes include its own Selec-Terrain system to help it crawl over steep climbs and rocky surfaces. Red tow hooks front and rear and a matte-black hood accent further differentiate the Trailhawk from the rest of the Compass line, while a hidden set of underbody protection shields keep the engine, oil pan and gas tank from harm’s way.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our initial drive of the 2017 Jeep Compass Limited (2.4L inline-4 | 9-speed automatic | AWD). For our take on the older 2017 Jeep Compass, please see our review of the 2016 Compass.
Jeep has dramatically improved the way the new Compass drives. It rides well on the road, with carlike steering and brake inputs, and has enough chassis stiffness and suspension control to handle curves and off-roading.
The Compass has a substantial feel to it, and that’s a good thing. It more readily absorbs the kind of little bumps that most crossovers transmit straight to the driver. The seat cushions are firm, but there’s plenty of head- and legroom.
The 60/40-split rear seats fold down nearly flat, and the armrest bin and glovebox are well sized for your personal items. Door pockets can accommodate larger water bottles, and the cupholders do an effective job of keeping bottles and cups held firm.
Three versions of Uconnect are available; our experience is with the largest 8.5-inch system with optional navigation. Graphics are crisp and the touchscreen is responsive. The menus are customizable, giving you the ability to make your most frequently used functions visible at all times.
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