The 2016 Jeep Compass is an artefact from another generation, entered nearly a decade ago, the Compass—and its blockier Patriot equaled precede both Chrysler’s failure and its attendant tie-up with Fiat. The tight crossover is an unconditional message of how far Chrysler and Jeep have come, especially when analyzed with the similarly coated, Fiat-generation Jeep Renegade and Jeep Cherokee with which it assets the panopticon floor.
Despite the Compass’s clear inferiority, though, people act buying the small SUV. Through the first half of 2016, sales are up 80 proportion year-over-year, with Jeep moving nearly as many Compasses as it did Renegades. The Compass isn’t entirely evil. For example, the bodies after years of additive transformations now is fairly civilized. In information, not an individual noise was perceived from the Compass’s debased-rent, hard-plastic indoor during its stay with us. This is especially superb given that the small Jeep’s steer is as graceful as an equine walking down the Canyon.
The Compass doesn’t look half-evil, either. Our experiment Jeep was immersed in Recon Green colorant and adorned with 75th Anniversary Edition exact bronze-colored 18-inch wheels, roof rails, tow hooks, tagging and heterogeneous trim. By opting for the celebratory model, consumers also get toys such as an energy roof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and remote start. The collection also requires the Power Value Group, which adds automatic headlights, body-color door handles, and a handful of other parts. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder joined to a six-speed automatic is the unshared powertrain preference in the 75th Anniversary Edition and our experiment automobile path its torque through Jeep’s light-duty Freedom Drive I all-wheel-steer system. (Front-wheel steer is regular.) A more off-street-ready Freedom Drive II system with debased extent that’s united with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is also accessible on the Compass, but not on the 75th Anniversary Edition, a bizarre mistake given Jeep’s off-street past. A less powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor is regular on front-wheel-drive, non Anniversary Edition versions. Specifying the diamond-Anniversary Compass will set consumers back $27,615 before options. (Front-wheel steer costs $1400 less.) A $995 backup camera was our experiment automobile’s only option and transported along a 6.5-inch Uconnect touchscreen information and entertainment system. While we like UConnect in other FCA commodities, the Compass uses an earlier model with debased-resolution graphics and a discouraging Bluetooth system that requires people to connect a mobile via voice command.
It replaces the push-button stereo system and elevated the as-try-out value to $28,610, a powerful asset for a small crossover lacking navigation system, automatic climate regulate, a proximity key, seat-height improvement (and the driver’s seat is attached extremely high), leather rooms, or seat heaters.
All-wheel-drive Compass like our experiment Jeep can be bought for more than $6500 below aculeu. Nevertheless, a Honda HR-V EX-L with steering can be had for $26,890 and includes all those features the Jeep lacks. Plus, the all-wheel-steer HR-V provides a more two blockish feet of merchandise space with its back rooms folded and another half blockish foot with its back rooms in use.
The Renegade, the Compass affords three blockish feet more merchandise space with the back rooms down. Lift the seatbacks and the Compass goods its Italian-made relative by more than four blockish feet. Back-seat legroom is similarly beneficial, with the Compass giving its inhabitants a more four inches to expanse out. Despite its motor making a respectable 172 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque, the Compass were to be at the sedate, and big, extremity of its collection. Zero to 60 mph takes 9.5 seconds, and the journey from 50 to 70 mph is a 7.2 second concern. Those illustrations path a far-less-powerful, 141-hp HR-V EX-L AWD by 0.2 and 0.5 second.
While the Compass was comparably calm on the street and at bone-idle, its coarse-grained four-cylinder roared to redline at a screeching 79 decibels, five more than what we saved in a Renegade 4x4 with the same powerplant. On the plus side, the Jeep’s six-speed automatic transmission is an acceptable day-to-day friend than the preceding CVT, even if it’s sedate to exchange subordinates and made only a small consequence on the Jeep’s performance times. Unfortunately, the Compass doesn’t attempt only to get up to speed, it classes to come to an inaction, too. Stopping from 70 mph takes a long 188 feet—25 feet more than the all-wheel-steer Fiat 500X.
Fuel economy also disappoints, as the EPA rates the Compass at a worthless 20 mpg in the municipality and 26 mpg on the freeway. For examination, the CVT-equipped, all-wheel-drive Subaru Crosstrek is evaluated at 26/34 mpg and a 4WD Renegade achieves as high as 24/31. Our Compass equaled the EPA combined evaluating of 22 mpg. It good that upcoming new Jeep is to replace Compass.