Standing between the Renegade and the larger Cherokee, the 2019 Jeep Compass is a compact crossover SUV that looks very much like a full-size Grand Cherokee. With prices starting under $23,000, the Compass offers an attractive reason to buy, as well as many unique features and options. Like other Jeep vehicles, the Compass is a true off-roader, especially the Trailhawk trim. The Compass 4-cylinder engine is not very powerful, but it gets the job done.
The 2019 Jeep Compass is available in four trims: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk and Limited. The base Sport model comes with some decent features for its $23,000 starting price, including keyless entry and push-button start, rearview camera, 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and a 6-speaker infotainment system.
We recommend stepping up to the Latitude model. It has more standard features like 17-inch wheels, foglights, automatic headlights, illuminated vanity mirrors and ambient interior lighting. It also opens the door for options like navigation, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and safety features like blind-spot monitoring.
Under the hood, the 2019 Jeep Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. This engine isn’t the weakest in this class, but it isn’t the most powerful, either. Front-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional except the Trailhawk, which comes standard with 4WD. The Sport and 4WD Latitude trims can be paired with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The Limited and Trailhawk get a 9-speed automatic transmission. All Compass with an automatic transmission come with start/stop technology that cut the engine power at idles, such as at a stoplight. With 4WD configuration, the 2019 Jeep Compass can tow up to 2,000 pounds.
The engine has good power delivery, but the weight, especially on 4WD and Trailhawk trims, means acceleration and passing power is only average. In track testing, the 2019 Jeep Compass Trailhawk went from 0 to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds.
2.4-liter four-cylinder (6-speed manual/6-speed automatic/9-speed automatic)
180 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
175 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 23/32 mpg (2WD manual), 22/31 mpg (2WD automatic, 4WD manual), 22/30 mpg (4WD automatic)
The 2019 Jeep Compass is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. It has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting from $23,000 (including destination fee). The Latitude cost $25,200, while the Compass Trailhawk starts just shy of $30,500. With options, the Compass Limited can reach over $35,000.