Highlights of the 2020 Jeep® Compass
The Jeep® Compass was first introduced in 2017, ridding itself from the reputation associated with the old name. Most people knew the Compass as the entry-level plasticky SUV which was a spin-off from the old Dodge Caliber. But now, the Compass is in a whole other league. The 2020 upgraded Compass has plenty of updates, including new safety packages, ventilated front seats, premium speakers (optional), and all-new red exterior color. There’s no word on pricing yet, but in the meantime, let’s take a look at the highlights for the 2020 Jeep® Compass.
The 2020 Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is capable of generating 175lb-ft of torque and 180 horsepower, it’s based on the same platform as the Cherokee and Renegade models. It’s available in both automatic or six-speed manual transmission, and both the Sport and North trims are available in front or all-wheel-drive. The Limited and Trailhawk trims are only offered with the all-wheel-drive version, and they use a nine-speed automatic transmission instead. The Jeep® Active Drive system (all-wheel-drive) automatically sends power to the front wheels unless the driving conditions require traction from the back wheels as well.
The top-tier version is the Trailhawk trim, and on this version the Jeep® Active Drive system allows drivers to select low range with a 20:1 crawl ratio, as well as more ground clearance and skid plates. While the Trailhawk trim edition is more about performance, the Compass Limited is more focused on comfort features and appearance. It features heated leather seats with perforated inserts, an auto-dimming mirror, heated steering wheel, and 18-inch wheels. The standard features – regardless of trim – are impressive too, they include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, the Uconnect infotainment system, hands-free Bluetooth connectivity, a height-adjustable cargo floor, and tire pressure monitoring systems.
The Jeep® Compass is an excellent daily commuter, with extreme comfort and a quiet cabin. The all-wheel-drive system automatically determines when to shift power to the rear tires, but the driver can override this using a dial to change the settings and optimize the performance based on the driving conditions. Snow, sand, or mud, the Jeep Compass can handle itself. The 4WD Lock system allows drivers to keep the system locked at low speeds when they require extra traction for pulling mud or snow.
The interior of the 2020 Compass is handsomely styled, with simple controls and a small storage bin to keep your phone and other everyday-carry items. The infotainment system (Uconnect) is one of the best available, due to its intuitive icons and menus, and its fast response time. Cargo room in the 2020 Jeep Compass is most efficient when the 60/40 seats are in the folded position, and the multi-level cargo floor gives the driver the ability to have extra cargo height.