The Jeep Compass has always been popular for young girls all around the country. It was boxy, hip and decently stylish.
The Compass sat in Jeeps line up for years without any bit of redesigning love like its sisters were getting. Because of this, it aged pretty fast. Not as fast as the Jeep Patriot, but pretty fast.
Jeep has been hard at work updating and redesigning most of their line up, and plans to introduce the big Jeep Wagoneer have surfaced as well. The brand is going through big changes, which means the 2018 Jeep Compass is on the makeover list.
Previously, the Jeep Compass featured a weak base engine that was just noisy (sounds like the new Jeep Renegade), a crude ride and sub-par safety.
The only real upsides to the previous generation Jeep Compass was that is was cheap, and had optional fold-down speakers in the trunk…There has to be a lot wrong with a car if one of the only pros is its fold-able speakers.
So given all of that, clearly the new 2018 Jeep Compass has quite some room to fill. With a completely redesigned car, Jeep and Chrysler will either fall flat on their faces or create an at least slightly decent SUV.
Equipped with Freedom Drive II, the previous Jeep Compass had some great off-road capabilities. But, that’s about as good as it got. Given that, the 2018 Jeep Compass doesn’t have a lot to live up to, but it carries some weight into the battle.
The Exterior-2018 Jeep Compass:
Depending on how you spec it out, the 2018 Jeep Compass can turn into three different Jeeps in one. In Trailhawk form, you get a Cherokee mixed with a Renegade. In standard and luxury specs, you get a baby Grand Cherokee.
To break it down, the front end has a scrunched Grand Cherokee grille and wider Grand Cherokee head lights. Essentially it is a baby Grand Cherokee.
That’s not to say it isn’t a nice looking compact crossover. The design takes the good parts from seemingly every Jeep vehicle and mashes it into one model.
In the back, it is a very, very different story. At first glance, the 2018 Jeep Compass looks tired. There are eye lids over the tail lamps that actually make the rear look drowsy. Which would make sense if Jeep fits the 2018 Jeep Compass with their 2.4 L four cylinder.
The rear of the 2018 Jeep Compass is much softer and curvier than the front, which does actually (kind of) work decently. I like the way the top of the window has a chrome lining that flows from the front to the back and underneath the rear window. Very clever touch.
The LED light trim around the front and rear tail lights seems to be something Jeep is instilling on their whole line up, and it looks good. While Jeep may not be an up-scale car make, LED trim always looks a bit more classy.
Overall, the front looks much better than the sleepy back, but I can’t complain. The design of the 2018 Jeep Compass will most likely age and be replaced like it always has. Maybe one in the future will blow us away.
The Interior-2018 Jeep Compass:
Chrysler and Jeep love to use their own interior design across the whole brand line up. Many of the vehicles in Jeep and FCA’s line up have very similar interiors.
The interior of the 2018 Jeep Compass is a mix between the Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 200. Just like the rest of the car, we see a mashup of a couple different vehicles into one.
Chrysler’s UConnect system makes another appearance in here. The system itself isn’t the best out there either. For example, you need to select through two different menus to find the seat heater. Not horribly inconvenient, just annoying.
The rest of the interior is a very straight forward Chrysler interior. Nothing overly impressive to report here. Lots of plastic and soft touch rubbers find their way in the 2018 Jeep Compass.
The Performance-2018 Jeep Compass:
Chrysler will employee the 2.4 L Tigershark four cylinder engine we’ve seen in a number of other Jeep and Chrysler products.
That Tigershark is the only engine option for the 2018 Jeep Compass, and it produces 180 horse power.
Transmission options include a six speed manual and a six speed automatic. However, all wheel drive 2018 Jeep Compasses will get an optional nine speed automatic.
But some cool technology is included in the Trailhawk trim and optional in other trims. This includes Jeep Active Drive. The system is a drive mode that can reengage all sorts of things like the front differential and clutch to help you get through tough terrain.
As most people thought was going to happen, the 2018 Jeep Compass will be based on a slightly extended Jeep Renegade.
Technology includes blind spot warning, lane keep assist and front crash warning. These technologies being offered on more production vehicles is always great to see.
I do wish that the 2018 Jeep Compass had at least more power. I am a power hungry guy admittedly, but 180 horsepower for an off-road oriented vehicle does seem a bit low.
Based on the fact that it is essentially a long Renegade, I can predict that it’ll be a difficult drive.
The Specs-2018 Jeep Compass:
|Vehicle Type:||Compact Crossover|
|Power Plant:||2.4 L 4-cyl/2.0 L turbo 4-cyl|
|Gearbox:||6 speed auto/6 speed manual|
|MPG:||Up to 35 Highway/25 City|
|Torque:||190 Lb-ft (est.)|
|Top Speed:||Not Available|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||Not Available|
|Base Price:||$24,000 (est).|
Sum It Up:
The 2018 Jeep Compass should have a more widely known release date later on this year. The vehicle itself doesn’t really excite, but it looks to be a proper evolution of the the Jeep Compass.