How Much Does the Jeep Compass Cost

Jeep has not yet released pricing for the 2020 Compass, but we 

expect it to cost about the same as the 2019 model. Starting prices 

for the 2019 Compass range from about $22,000 to $32,000. For 

more information on trim levels and estimated prices, see our 

Which Jeep Compass Model Is Right for Me? section below.

2020 Jeep Compass Interior

How Many People Does the Compass Seat?

The Compass is a two-row SUV with five seats. Its spacious 

interior provides enough room for four 

tall adults. The front seats offer a commanding view of the road. 

The seats aren't as comfortable as 

those in some rivals, though, and only a few upgrades are 


Compass and Child Car Seats

This compact SUV has the typical collection of LATCH 

connectors: two complete sets of hardware for the rear outboard 

seats and an upper tether anchor for the rear middle seat. An ease-

of-use rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is 

still pending for the 2020 model, but the nearly identical 2019 

Compass received the lowest rating of Poor because its lower 

anchors are so challenging to use.

Compass Interior Quality

This SUV's cabin has handsome styling and a good build quality. 

The selection of materials is unexceptional, though the top trims 

have some nicer touches.

Compass Cargo Space

The Compass has 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear 

seats and 59.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. Both 

measurements are among the lowest in the compact SUV segment. 

What this Jeep lacks in space, however, it makes up for in 

convenience. The cargo area is wide, tie-downs are mounted in the 

rear, and numerous cubbies can be found throughout the cabin and 

under the cargo floor. You can fold the front passenger seat 

forward to carry long items (in models with manually adjustable 

front seats). A power lift gate is optional.

Compass Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Jeep has one of the best infotainment systems among affordable 

automakers. Its user-friendly U connect interface is the same 

system you'll find in corporate cousins such as the Dodge Journey 

and Chrysler Pacifica. The system's straightforward menus are 

easy to learn, you can pick your favorite hot buttons for the 

customizable screen, and its adjacent buttons and knobs are 

conveniently placed. A 7-inch touch screen, Apple Car Play, and 

Android Auto come standard. Upgrades worth considering include 

a nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system and an 8.4-inch 

touch screen that comes with a navigation system.

For more information, read What Is Apple Car Play? and What Is 

Android Auto?

Compass Performance

Compass Engine: Reluctant

Among the Compass’ biggest weaknesses are its power trains. This 

SUV is timid under acceleration, and both available automatic 

transmissions can struggle to find the right gear in a timely manner.

Every trim comes with a 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine. 

Depending on the model, this 2.4-liter engine is paired with a six-

speed manual transmission, a six-speed automatic (in front-wheel-

drive editions), or a nine-speed automatic (in four-wheel-drive 


Compass Gas Mileage: Not Great

The Compass gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 31 

mpg on the highway. These fuel economy ratings are a little below 

average for the class, and numerous competitors cost less to fuel. 

For example, you'll save about $250 a year at the gas station if you 

drive a Toyota RAV4 instead.

Compass Ride and Handling: Comfortable but Imperfect

On the plus side, the Compass provides a comfortable ride and 

feels mostly composed. Other elements, however, have a hard time 

matching what its top-ranking rivals provide. Shortcomings 

include excessive body roll and an inconsistent steering feel.

Compass Off-Road Performance

The Compass really stands out when it's four-wheeling. Few SUVs 

in this price range are as adept as this Jeep, and while most 

competitors are available with all-wheel drive, hardly any come 

with four-wheel-drive options. In contrast, the Compass is 

available with full-time four-wheel drive, an upgraded 4x4 system 

that includes low-range gearing, and the Selec-Terrain traction 

management system with Snow, Sand, and Mud settings. Ground 

clearance ranges from 7.8 inches (in 4x2 models) to 8.5 inches (in 

the Trail hawk).

Compass Towing Capacity

A properly equipped Compass with four-wheel drive can tow up to 

2,000 pounds. Shoppers with heavier boats and trailers should 

consider a Toyota RAV4 or Jeep Wrangler, both of which have a 

3,500-pound maximum towing capacity.

Compass Reliability

Is the Jeep Compass Reliable?

The 2020 Jeep Compass has a below-average predicted reliability 

rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Jeep Compass Warranty

Jeep covers its SUVs with a three-year/36,000-mile limited 

warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile power train warranty.

Compass Safety

Compass Crash Test Results

The 2020 Compass has a four out of five-star overall safety rating 

from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This 

SUV earned five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the frontal 

crash test, and three stars in the rollover evaluation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not evaluated the 

2020 Compass as of this writing.

Compass Safety Features

Standard safety features include a rear view camera. Many of the 

Compass' top-ranking compact SUV rivals come with more 

standard features, though for 2020, Jeep extended its list of safety 

upgrades to every trim. Available safety options include full-speed 

forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind 

spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, 

lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing 

windshield wipers, and rear parking sensors.

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