The Jeep Compass has been a staple in the crossover SUV field for ten years, zipping around town and still having the capability to tackle the drive to a remote trailhead. You can do all that with confidence, now that the Compass has joined the ranks of vehicles qualifying for the Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick.
Jeep redesigned the Compass for the first time since 2007, building in enough upgrades to qualify it for the IIHS Top Safety Pick—that is if you pick one up with the crash prevention package.
The IIHS requires that vehicles score high (they use the term “good”) in all five crashworthiness categories: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. The award also requires an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention.
To earn this award, the Compass dazzled the IIHS with the front crash prevention system, which allowed it to avoid collisions in the track tests when traveling 15 and 25 mph. The forward collision warning system included with the Compass satisfied the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s criteria.
The only shortcoming was the headlights. The Compass only managed a “marginal” score in that department, disqualifying it for the Top Safety Pick Plus award, even with the optional high-intensity discharge lights and high-beam assist, a feature that automatically switches between high beams and low beams depending on the presence of other vehicles.
Testing Footage Courtesy of IIHS