Apart from its affordable price tag, there is little to covet from the fresh 2017 Jeep Compass given the perfection of its traditional rivals. Some of its highlights include an attractive price, optional flip-down tailgate speakers, comfortable front seats, and an above-average off-road capability. Its release date should be expected before this fall.
New add-ons for 2017 include satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and standard automatic headlights for the Latitude trim.
To be quite frank, the Compass has nothing new to offer for the 2017 model except subtle changes that don’t count a thing in comparison with its rivals. However, it is expected to continue as a steady seller for Jeep despite the obvious shortcomings. And with its baby looks, rock-bottom starting price, and the alluring Jeep nameplate, the Compass will certainly prove to be an enduring appeal for its customers.
Opting for the available Freedom II off-road package will give you that off-road oomph you wish for. But the new-found capability doesn’t lack its downsides, as you will have to contend with the poor fuel economy ratings and a fairly cold Continuously Variable Transmission system. You could do away with the latter con if you choose either a six-speed auto or a five-speed manual.
True, the Compass lacks many desirable features and technologies than its competitors, but it offers an affordable price tag that even some of its most formidable competitors cannot keep up with. Some of its rivals include the 2017 Ford Escape, 2016 Hyundai Tucson, the 2017 Honda CR-V, and the 2017 Mazda CX-5.
Available Trims & Jeep Compass
The five-passenger 2017 Jeep Compass crossover is available in two essential trims: Sport and Latitude trims, and two sub-trims: Sport SE and the High Altitude Edition.
2017 Jeep Compass Exterior Review & Spy Shots
The base Sport offers foglights, a tilt-only steering wheel, an auxiliary audio jack, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a CD player, satellite radio, manual accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, a larger 2.4L engine, and roof rails.
Options include body-color trim, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, full power accessories, and keyless entry and ignition.
Adding an upgraded vinyl and cloth upholstery, heated front seats, integrated audio controls, matching gloss-gray body trim, 18” wheels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel is the Sport SE package.
Picking the Latitude trim gets you a height-adjustable driver seat, an optional navigation system, a 6.5” touchscreen display, an upgraded upholstery, reclining rear seatbacks, a 115-V power outlet, heated front seats, chrome exterior accents, and silver exterior trim.
Offered exclusively on the Latitude is the High Altitude Edition package. It comes fitted with an automatic climate control, a towing package, 18” wheels, manual power lumbar, a six-way power driver seat, a sunroof, 17” wheels, and leather upholstery.
Both the latitude and the Sport SUVs trims have the option of getting the All Weather Capability Group which comes with an all-season floor mats, an engine block heater, daytime running lights, tow hooks, and 17” wheels. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group offers a brake-lock differential, a simulated low-range gearing, an engine oil cooler, a height-adjustable driver seat, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, and a heavy-duty alternator.
2017 Jeep Compass Engine Specs
Rated at 158 hp and 141 pounds of torque is the 2017 Jeep Compass’ base 2.0L four-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual is the default transmission setup for the Sport trim, while the CVT is standard for the Latitude trim.
EPA fuel economy ratings for the five-speed manual Compass stands at 23/30/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 22/26/24 mpg with the CVT.
Next up is the optional four-cylinder 2.4L engine rated at 172 horsepower and 165 pounds of torque. With the engine expect it to return fuel economy ratings of 23/29/25 mpg with the front wheel drive Compass, and 21/28/23 mpg with the 4WD version.
During our test drive, this Jeep Compass – Patriot replacement sauntered from 0-60mph in a lackluster 9.4 seconds with the 2.4L engine.
Safety features include front and rear disc brakes, side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, and antilock disc brakes.
Although disappointing, the Compass managed to scoop only three stars out of the possible five stars during government crash testing.
2017 Jeep Compass Price & Release Date
Once released, the Compass will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $19,595. We should expect the refreshed 2017 Jeep Compass during the 4th Q of this year.
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