The Jeep Compass fills the gap between the Jeep Renegade in the extra-small SUV class and the Jeep Cherokee in the small SUV class. That makes it difficult to name direct competitors, in general the Compass distinguishes itself from the pack with easy-to-use technology features, a roomy back seat and better-than-average off-road abilities.
Like other Jeeps not named Wrangler or Gladiator, the Compass is available in a Trailhawk trim level. It significantly boosts the Compass’ off-road capability with underbody skid plates, all-terrain tires and a lifted suspension. Compared to most of its rivals, the Compass can get you further off the beaten path but feels a bit less refined.
Rather than going with the bare-bones Compass Sport or Latitude, we recommend buyers take a closer look at the Limited or Trailhawk trim level. The upgraded 8.4-inch touchscreen comes standard on both models, and you can add several desirable driver safety aids by selecting the Safety and Security or Advanced Safety Group.
The 2021 Jeep Compass is a subcompact crossover available in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. There are also Altitude and 80th Anniversary Edition versions of the Latitude that add unique exterior accents and a few extra features.
All come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (180 horsepower, 175 lb-ft of torque). Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on all Compasses except the Trailhawk, which comes standard with AWD. A six-speed automatic is standard on FWD models and a nine-speed automatic comes with AWD models.
Starting things out is the Sport trim. Standard equipment includes:
Along with access to a few additional option packages, the Compass Latitude adds:
From there, you can choose between the luxe Limited and the off-road-focused Trailhawk.
The Compass Limited is the most comprehensively equipped. It builds on the Latitude equipment by adding:
The Limited also comes standard with these advanced safety features:
The AWD-only Trailhawk is based on the Latitude but adds a few of the Limited’s upgrades, including the larger touchscreen and safety features. You also get:
Many of the features in upper trim levels are available on other trims via option packages. Other significant options include: