We recently got the chance to drive the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, and came away impressed with its newfound level of refinement, design sophistication, and even its off-road capability, within the context of the crossover segment. To say this redesign was overdue would be an understatement. The outgoing model essentially rode on the same platform since its debut for 2007. A mid-cycle refresh in 2011 made it look slightly fresher, but it couldn’t cover up its dated underpinnings. Both the outgoing and new Compass will share showroom space as 2017 models, but one look and it’s nearly impossible to confuse one with the other. Jeep’s newfound confidence in the Compass is likewise reflected in the price, with a new Compass Sport 4x2 starting at $22,090, including $1,095 destination, compared to $20,935, including $995 destination.
Compared to the outgoing Compass (with its five trims: Sport, Sport SE, Latitude, High Altitude and 75th Anniversary Edition), the new model has four: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited. Sport and Latitude are available in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations, while the Trailhawk and Limited are offered exclusively as 4x4 models. On the Sport trim, the 4x4 option adds a $1,500 price premium. Our favorite, the Trailhawk, starts at $29,690, with the top-of-the-line Limited going for $30,090, including destination. All models are powered by a 2.4L Tigershark I-4 engine making 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque.
If you’re a strict bargain-basement shopper, some great deals can be had on the outgoing Compass, with up to $1,500 in rebates and special offers. However, even with the cash on the hood of the old model, we feel the improvement in refinement, equipment, styling, and fuel economy on the new model makes it well worth the asking price. Click on the link above to read our first drive review on the new Compass.