2017 Jeep Compass Shows Big Improvement in Fuel EconomyPosted in News on January 19, 2017
Starting with the 2014 Cherokee and continuing with the 2015 Renegade, Jeep has methodically transformed the lower-priced end of its lineup, and the effort shows. We recently had a chance to drive the all-new 2017 Compass, not to be confused with the outgoing Compass, which is also being sold as a 2017 model. The difference in style and refinement over its predecessor is stark, to say the least. Another area in which the Compass shows a major improvement, and one sure to be appreciated by potential buyers, is fuel economy. Thanks to the new Tigershark 2.4L I-4 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, the new Compass is rated at 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway for the 4WD version, a massive improvement over the outgoing equivalent model’s 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
Like its little brother Renegade, the Compass is based on FCA’s Small US Wide platform, also shared by the Fiat 500X crossover. The Compass has a slightly longer wheelbase than the Renegade and packaging and styling more reminiscent of the Grand Cherokee than the more traditional, upright look of the Renegade. The new Compass will be in showrooms next month, and stay tuned to TruckTrend.com for a full first-drive review in the weeks ahead.