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About the Jeep Compass

Vehicle Summary

The Jeep brand has been long known for its rugged SUVs, and the Jeep Compass is no exception. While it may be smaller than many of Jeep's other vehicles (being categorized specifically as a crossover SUV), it packs a lot of punch.

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2013 - Present Jeep Compass Trim Configurations

When the Jeep Compass was initially released, it lacked the "trail rated" designation that most Jeeps are known for. By the 2013 model year, however, it was given this distinction, much to the delight of consumers. Throughout the remainder of the first generation of production for the Jeep Compass, there were some changes and upgrades.

The 2014 Jeep Compass received a standard touchscreen interface and rearview camera for the first time, as well as a new optional automatic transmission in place of its existing CVT(continuously variable transmission). The 2015 Jeep Compass gained a new navigation system and more trims with all-wheel drive.

For the 2016 Jeep Compass, new standard features grew to include Bluetooth® connectivity and satellite radio.

Jeep Compass towing capacity has remained at an estimated 1,000 pounds from the 2013 through 2018 model years.1 But when it comes to Jeep Compass gas mileage, there have been some changes. For comparison, the 2013 Compass Sport trim with 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission gets an estimated 24 mpg combined (22 city and 27 highway) compared to the estimated 25 mpg combined(23 city and 30 highway) on the 2016 Compass Sport trim with 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission.2

2013-2016 Trims:

  • Sport - 17-inch alloy wheels, power accessories, AUX input, cruise control, and Jeep Compass roof rails
  • Latitude - heated front seats, reclining rear seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and fold-flat passenger seat
  • Limited - more powerful 2.4-liter engine, larger 18-inch wheels, satellite radio, and leather upholstery

The Jeep Compass is completely redesigned for the 2017 model year and enters a new generation. 2017 sees the addition of the Trailhawk trim, as well as a new suspension and powertrain.

There are two different versions of the Jeep Compass available for the 2017 model year. That's because Jeep began the model year with an unchanged design from 2016; it was only part-way through the model year that they decided to release the re-designed version, which can be confusing to some buyers. So, if you're shopping for a 2017 Compass, be sure to find out whether you're looking at a redesigned version or not. Between the 2017 and 2018 model years, however, there aren't any changes at all.

2017-2018 Trims:

  • Sport - 16-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, six-speaker sound system, five-inch touchscreen display
  • Latitude - simulated leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, additional available packages, front- or all-wheel drive
  • Limited - larger 8.5-inch touchscreen display, automatic climate control, power driver seat, smartphone integration, all-wheel drive
  • Trailhawk - 17-inch wheels with off-road tires, raised suspension, Selec-Terrain® system

1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.

2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See for details.

Reliability Research


RepairPal gave the Jeep Compass an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Jeep Compass 14th out of 26 among Compact SUVs.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Jeep Compass is $476, compared to an average of $454 for Compact SUVs and $556 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Jeep Compass owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.9 times per year, compared to an average of 0.9 times for Compact SUVs and 1.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 10% for the Jeep Compass, compared to an average of 10% for Compact SUVs and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more.


Reviews for Jeep Compass

Overall Rating

3.9 out of 5 (222 reviews)

Always had problems since I bought it

Ever since I bought it it has had issues. I’ve brought it in about 3 times for the same issue and it’s never been fixed. It makes a constant loud noise like it’s hitting something and sounds like a lawn mower. And it still shake every time I brake. When I bought it I also brought it in because it was out of alignment and it would shake when driving 40 miles an hour. I wish I brought this back within the 7 days because it’s garbage and I regret the purchase. Especially having two young kids.


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- Tamara Garcia, 2016 Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass Is Not Without Faults!!

There are several reason why I would NOT recommend this car to a friend. It is a 4 cylinder Jeep that still only gets about 20 mpg. It is rather sluggish on power when needed. The automatic stop/start feature has had to be repaired twice since I purchased the car in June of 2021. There is not a lot of storage room in the front seating area. The head rests on the back seats are so high that they create blind spots for cars behind you. Rear camera had to be repaired as well. I wasn't looking for luury, but this really is a "Cheap Jeep."!!!


  • Styling: Nice looking vehicle


  • Interior Space: Just not enough interior storage space.

- Andrew Dahl, 2018 Jeep Compass

Miss my Jeep Grand Cherokee

I would recommend it if you are looking for a smaller SUV, so far it’s been reliable. It’s comfortable for sitting and easy to keep clean since it’s a smaller SUV. I find myself filling up my gas tank a lot more than when I had my Grand Cherokee Laredo. I miss the larger SUV and the ability to see over the cars while driving. Unfortunately in Chicago you appear to be a target for thieves in the Grand Cherokee’s, so for safety I traded it in to CarMax.


  • Reliability: My Jeep Compass has not let me down yet, even in the snow storm, it started and I didn’t get stuck.
  • Seat Comfort: The seats are comfortable and quick to warm up on cold days.


  • Fuel Economy: Gas is an issue, I constantly have to fill this truck up, more than the previous Jeep Grand Cherokee I traded in to CarMax.
  • Cargo Space: very small trunk space
  • Technology and Entertainment: It didn’t come with a CD player or a navigational system.

- Candice Wilson, 2019 Jeep Compass

This price does not include tax, title, and tags. Additional fees may also apply depending on the state of purchase.