Compact and mighty.

2019 Jeep Compass Review | CarMax

With a peppy 2.4L engine making 180 horsepower, the 2019 Jeep Compass is ready to be as on-the-go as you are. It's at home both on and off the road and with features like a manual transmission and Selec-Terrain to customize your experience, the Compass is small but mighty. If you're looking for a compact SUV with plenty of style and utility, check out the Jeep Compass.

In this 2019 Jeep Compass review, we will cover:

Key Specs & Features

  • The Compass is available in four trim levels, all of which include a 2.4L four-cylinder engine generating 180 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • For all trims on the Compass, FWD comes as standard and AWD is optional, excluding the rugged Trailhawk trim, which includes AWD as standard.
  • The Compass offers 27 cubic feet with the second-row seats in the up position and 60 cubic feet when seats are folded down.
  • The 2019 Compass comes standard with a touchscreen display.
  • Available adaptive cruise control with stop/start that maintains a set distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seats


5 Reasons to Buy


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The 2019 Jeep Compass comfortably seats five. The materials that make up the interior are hardy. It's all about the fun, and the 2019 Jeep Compass delivers. This vehicle has storage cubbies stationed throughout for convenience. The front passenger seat even folds down so you can toss a few fishing poles across the right side of the vehicle while sitting on left.

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The 2019 Compass comes standard with a fine audio system. However, if you love music, you'll want even more for your listening pleasure. A BeatsAudio™ sound system is an available option for your Compass, meant for serious audiophiles and casual listeners alike. Nine speakers and a 12-channel amplifier turn the joy up to 10 when it comes to riding down the road with this premium audio system add-on. If you have a 2019 Compass with a sunroof, open the top and let the neighbors hear the sound of your musical choices flying through the air behind you.


You can absolutely get a base model Compass and tackle some rough terrain, especially if you opt for the AWD. But the Compass Trailhawk takes it a step further into the wild. The 2019 Trailhawk is for drivers who prefer to forge a path rather than just sticking to the road. It includes the Selec-Terrain system, designed to help you adapt to climbing hills and mashing through tree stumps and debris. Additional underbelly protection is also available.


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The 2019 Jeep Compass packs a great deal of technology into a small space. A lot of buyers will be interested in Jeep's Advanced Safety package. The driver assistance package offers forward collision warning with active braking. Meanwhile, lane-keep assist is designed to prevent you from drifting across the line while adaptive cruise control and available blind-spot monitors further boost your confidence on the interstate.


A six-speed manual transmission is available on the 2019 Sport and Latitude trims. If you love the feeling of following the gearbox all the way up the chain, this option is for you. Driving stick will make you feel firmly in control and the Compass responds in kind. The 2019 Jeep Compass is a charming drive, and fans of manual transmissions will like the feeling of engagement, keeping the focus of the driver on the car itself.

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What You Need to Know

2019 Jeep Compass Trims

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The 2019 Compass is available in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. All come with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that makes 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on all Compasses except the Trailhawk, which comes standard with AWD.

Sport - The base trim of the 2019 Jeep Compass includes 16-inch wheels, air conditioning, Uconnect® system with a seven-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth®, one USB port, and a six-speaker sound system with Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto.™

Latitude - Includes upgraded cloth and simulated-leather seat upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, and more options packages.

Limited - Standard 18-inch wheels, remote start, upgraded exterior trim, an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, driver information display, power-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, and leather upholstery.

Trailhawk - This trim is for those with off-road aspirations. Only available in AWD with a nine-speed automatic transmission, it includes off-road-specific tires and has a raised suspension. The Selec-Terrain system gives the Compass a bit of a boost driving up steep hills and over rocky surfaces. Little touches like red tow hooks and a matte-black hood add a little something special as well.

Interior Colors

  • Black with low-back cloth bucket seats
  • Sandstorm/black with low-back cloth bucket seats

Exterior Colors

  • Billet Silver Metallic
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearl
  • Granite Crystal Metallic
  • Jazz Blue Pearl
  • Laser Blue Pearl
  • Olive Green Pearl
  • Pearl White Tri-Coat (Limited)
  • Redline Pearl Coat
  • Spitfire Orange (Sport and Trailhawk)
  • Sting-Gray (Trailhawk and Limited)
  • White

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The Bottom Line

The 2019 Jeep Compass is a powerful yet stylish SUV. The 2019 model includes standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, fulfilling your desire for abundant tech features and a modern interior. You know you can expect the outstanding UConnect system to deliver streamlined controls and crisp, clear navigation. And the size is just right.

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