2013 Jeep Compass

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Jeep Compass. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Grand Cherokee-inspired styling
  • Ease of entry/exit
  • Versatility

The Bad

  • Limited towing capacity
2013 Jeep Compass exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2013 Jeep Compass

  • Optional flip-down liftgate speakers
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Available Trail-Rated off-road version

2013 Jeep Compass Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Built on a car-based platform, the Jeep Compass is one of two front-drive-based models from Jeep — the other being the compact Patriot. Compass competitors include the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.

New for 2013
Front-wheel-drive models equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission now get an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway, up 1 mpg.

Exterior
The Compass shares a few styling cues with its big brother, the Grand Cherokee SUV. Similarities are most evident in the front bumper, grille and headlight styling. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels; 17- and 18-inch rims optional
  • Standard fog lights
  • Standard heated power side mirrors
  • Standard remote keyless entry
  • Optional power sunroof

Interior
The cabin features a 60/40-split folding rear seat and an optional fold-flat front passenger seat. Other interior features include:

  • Standard cloth upholstery; leather optional
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional Boston Acoustics speakers
  • Optional Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity

Under the Hood
Two four-cylinder engines are offered in the Compass, and buyers can choose from three drivelines: front-wheel drive; Freedom Drive I four-wheel drive with lock mode; and Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package, a Trail-Rated four-wheel-drive system. Freedom Drive II has a continuously variable automatic transmission that incorporates a low range for off-...

Vehicle Overview

Built on a car-based platform, the Jeep Compass is one of two front-drive-based models from Jeep — the other being the compact Patriot. Compass competitors include the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.

New for 2013
Front-wheel-drive models equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission now get an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway, up 1 mpg.

Exterior
The Compass shares a few styling cues with its big brother, the Grand Cherokee SUV. Similarities are most evident in the front bumper, grille and headlight styling. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels; 17- and 18-inch rims optional
  • Standard fog lights
  • Standard heated power side mirrors
  • Standard remote keyless entry
  • Optional power sunroof

Interior
The cabin features a 60/40-split folding rear seat and an optional fold-flat front passenger seat. Other interior features include:

  • Standard cloth upholstery; leather optional
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional Boston Acoustics speakers
  • Optional Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity

Under the Hood
Two four-cylinder engines are offered in the Compass, and buyers can choose from three drivelines: front-wheel drive; Freedom Drive I four-wheel drive with lock mode; and Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package, a Trail-Rated four-wheel-drive system. Freedom Drive II has a continuously variable automatic transmission that incorporates a low range for off-road driving. The package also includes 17-inch all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, an extra inch of ground clearance for 9.1 inches overall, a skid plate for the gas tank and tow hooks. Mechanical features include:

  • Base 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 172-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Both engines use regular gas
  • Five-speed manual or CVT
  • 2,000-pound towing capacity when properly equipped

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system with electronic roll mitigation
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard traction control
  • Optional seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats

 


Latest 2013 Compass Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Great car

by Brad from Zephyrhills, Fl on June 12, 2018

Met all my expectations and can handle my 2 preteen step daughters, my 9 mth old and my pregnant gf. We love our super clean Jeep Read full review

(4.0)

A Car I Wish I Could Own

by Ryan Silver from Asheville, NC on June 10, 2018

It was an amazing vehicle to drive. After driving it for a day, it was real easy to get used to especially for someone that was coming from a smaller car. Driving through the back roads was a peaceful ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Jeep Compass currently has 0 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Jeep Compass Sport

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
3 Star
Overall Front
3 Star
Overall Side
4 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
3 Star
Passenger's
3 Star
Side Barrier
4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
2 Star
Side Pole
4 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
2 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Jeep

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Compass received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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