The first generation of the Jeep Compass series was similar to the subcompact crossovers available in the early 2000s, sporting the face of a very traditional Jeep model. Exactly ten years ago the front end underwent an extreme redesign that closer resembled the Grand Cherokee model series, a large improvement that customers here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta noticed right away. The second generation was launched in 2018 under the FCA group and was graced with practical powertrains as well as an excellently integrated design style.
It was now clear that the Compass was on track to become a smaller sibling of the Grand Cherokee, boasting its compact length of just 173 inches. The staff hard at work on the Autoevolution team took a close look and length test drive of the 2022 model, and right off the bat loved the All-American SUV style with the high European finish quality and high-tech offerings onboard. Big screens have been all the rage over the last few years, as the luxuries of home become more and more prevalent in the driver's and passenger's seats, and the Compass now boasts a full-HD 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.
The Compass is now also equipped with the Uconnect 5 system, and the dashboard has been completely redesigned along with the seating to boost the cabin's appeal and functionality. The 2022 Compass holds on firmly to the 2.4-liter Tigershark 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing, cranking out 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. When the undeniable urge to hit the trails comes on, the Compass Trailhawk is given an extra inch of ride height, for a total of 8.4 inches, while its 9-speed automatic brandishes another awesome feature in the form of an incredibly low first gear that simulates a 20:1 crawl ratio.
Sometimes when you are watching someone tackling an expert-grade trail from above, you tend to wonder just why they are driving so slow. The term “crawling” originated from the fact that sharp objects need to be traversed VERY slowly even with correctly deflated tires, and the Compass's rock traction mode allows for conquering of these challenging situations. The Autoevolution troupe concluded that there is no single match anywhere for the Compass's design in its class and that its value offered brings abundantly great features and capability for the price.
There is a new, second air intake situated just between the bumper and the grille, and the headlights have a thinner, wrap-around LED design. Standard comfort features included are heated side mirrors, a push-button start, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, all on deck to enjoy with a 2,000-lb towing rating as well. In addition to this newly-updated Compass, you'll soon be able to check out the redesigned Grand Cherokee, which sports a three-row passenger option for the very first time!