2023 Jeep Compass Review, Pricing, and Specs (2024)

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  • Highs Good offering of modern tech, Trailhawk off-road model is more than just a name, standard all-wheel drive.
  • Lows Trailhawk model enters the realm of Wrangler pricing and isn’t especially spacious.
  • Verdict The Compass offers more space than the subcompact Renegade but offers less soul than its mid-size crossover competitors.
By Austin Irwin and Eric Stafford

Overview

After its redesign last year ushered in some much-needed quality-of-life updates inside and out, the Jeep Compass is back at it for 2023 with a new powertrain and standard all-wheel drive. Jeep puts a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with an eight-speed automatic in every Compass. An available Trailhawk trim points the needle to the backwoods with off-road equipment and features such as a lower crawl gear, though the extra gear doesn’t transform it into a Wrangler. As a smaller alternative to the Cherokee, the Compass puts affordability ahead of overall space.

What's New for 2023?

The Compass gets a new powertrain for 2023 with a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four—a less powerful version of the engine found in the new Dodge Hornet. It provides a welcome bump in power from the previous 2.4-liter engine that made either 177 or 180 hp depending on specification. The Compass will no longer be offered with front-wheel drive, as all-wheel-drive is now standard equipment.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The price of the 2023 Jeep Compass starts at $27,495 and goes up to $38,930 depending on the trim and options.

We'd maximize Compass's value by sticking with the base Sport model. It gets the all-wheel drive to get you through the tough times, and standard safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning with active braking, and tire pressure monitors to help you avoid bad days entirely. LED reflector headlights are also standard, and while they aren’t as powerful as the LED projectors found on Compass Latitude, Limited, High Altitude, and Trailhawk, they’re still a much brighter unit than halogen bulbs offered on base Ford Escapes.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Every Compass is powered by a new 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that also makes 221 pound-feet of torque. It’s bolted to an eight-speed transmission, and all-wheel drive is now standard on all Compass models. Trailhawk models add a low "crawler" gear ratio and a Rock mode, which keeps the Compass in first gear and directs torque only to the wheels that can find grip. A trip to our test track proved that the turbo four offers the right amount of power for the Compass's compact frame, hustling the SUV to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. The Compass feels more agile than its tall, boxy profile would suggest, responding ably to inputs, and the steering is nicely weighted but lacks road feel. There is some lean during tight cornering, but overall, the Compass feels well-controlled, solidly planted, and capable on the road. An off-road course we braved when we first drove the Compass revealed that it can hold its own at least over moderate obstacles, and we noticed nary a stumble from the all-wheel-drive system.

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    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    The EPA rates the 2023 Compass at 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, which means its new 2.0-liter turbo-four is both more powerful and more efficient than the naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter unit it replaces. When we get a chance, we’ll take the Compass on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route and update this story with results. For more information about the Compass’s fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    The Compass’s interior is comfortable, and functional, and has enough space for four adult passengers. The back seat is neither the largest nor the smallest of the crossovers in this diverse class. Its high seat bottoms in the back seat mean that passengers' legs are fully supported, and even long rides can be comfortable. Despite its boxy exterior and what at first appears to be competitive cargo volume, the Compass is not the roomiest of its set. It has enough luggage space for an airport run but long trips could be a squeeze. The rear seatbacks angle slightly upward when folded, and the last Compass we tested held only 17 carry-on suitcases with the seats stowed.

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      Infotainment and Connectivity

      The standard touchscreen measures 8.4 inches, and a larger 10.1-inch unit is also available. Along with natural voice recognition and navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are offered on the Compass.

          Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

          Jeep offers an impressive array of driver-assistance technology on the Compass. For more information about the Compass's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

          • Standard automated emergency braking
          • Standard lane-keeping assist
          • Available adaptive cruise control

          Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

          The Compass's warranty approximates the coverage provided by several of its competitors, but Kia's extraordinarily long powertrain warranty handily trumps Jeep's powertrain coverage. However, all models do come with three years of free maintenance.

          • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
          • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
          • Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years

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          Specifications

          Specifications

          2023 Jeep Compass 4x4
          Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

          PRICE
          Base/As Tested: $29,995/$41,270
          Options: Latitude trim, $3995; Sun and Sound group (Alpine stereo, panoramic roof), $2695; Convenience group (remote start system, auto dimming rearview mirror, heated steering wheel and front seats, wiper de-icer, eight-way power driver seat, power liftgate), $2095; Driver Assistance group (adaptive cruise control, surround-view camera system, inductive charging pad, automatic wipers), $1895; Sting-Gray Clearcoat paint, $595

          ENGINE
          turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
          Displacement: 122 in3, 1995 cm3
          Power: 200 hp @ 5000 rpm
          Torque: 221 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm

          TRANSMISSION
          8-speed automatic

          CHASSIS
          Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
          Brakes, F/R: 12.0-in vented disc/10.9-in disc
          Tires: Firestone Destination LE2
          225/60R-17 99T M+S

          DIMENSIONS
          Wheelbase: 103.8 in
          Length: 173.4 in
          Width: 73.8 in
          Height: 64.6 in
          Passenger Volume, F/R: 52/47 ft3
          Cargo Volume, Behind F/R: 60/27 ft3
          Curb Weight: 3717 lb

          C/D TEST RESULTS
          60 mph: 7.5 sec
          1/4-Mile: 15.8 sec @ 89 mph
          100 mph: 20.8 sec
          Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
          Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 7.9 sec
          Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.4 sec
          Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.4 sec
          Top Speed (C/D est): 118 mph
          Braking, 70–0 mph: 195 ft
          Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.81 g

          C/D FUEL ECONOMY
          Observed: 23 mpg

          EPA FUEL ECONOMY
          Combined/City/Highway: 27/24/30 mpg

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