2016 Jeep Compass

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$11,413–$19,449 Inventory Prices

Key Specs

of the 2016 Jeep Compass base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Available heated leather front seats
  • Off-road capability (Freedom Drive II)

The Bad

  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope
  • Noisy interior at highway speeds
  • Towing capacity only 2,000 pounds
  • Anemic power with 2.0-liter engine
2016 Jeep Compass exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Jeep Compass

  • Five-seat compact crossover
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Backup camera available

2016 Jeep Compass Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Compass, a compact crossover SUV, is related to the more popular Jeep Patriot, and both are scheduled to be replaced for 2017 by a new crossover.

The Compass comes with a choice of four-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive or two full-time four-wheel-drive systems. It competes with the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and other small crossovers.
New for 2016
The Limited trim level is gone, leaving Sport and Latitude models. Bluetooth with hands-free calling and SiriusXM satellite radio with a one-year free subscription are now standard. A new Sport SE Package due in late 2015 includes steering-wheel audio controls, heated front seats, 18-inch aluminum wheels, roof rails and additional exterior details.
Significant Standard Features

  • Seats five
  • Air conditioning
  • Fog lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Cruise control
  • Illuminated cupholders
  • Required in every new  car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 172-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Manual or automatic transmission 
  • Front-wheel drive or choice of two full-time four-wheel-drive systems
  • Freedom Drive II Off-road Package
  • Navigation system
  • Power sunroof
  • Heated leather front seats
  • Backup camera
Vehicle Overview

The Compass, a compact crossover SUV, is related to the more popular Jeep Patriot, and both are scheduled to be replaced for 2017 by a new crossover.

The Compass comes with a choice of four-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive or two full-time four-wheel-drive systems. It competes with the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and other small crossovers.
New for 2016
The Limited trim level is gone, leaving Sport and Latitude models. Bluetooth with hands-free calling and SiriusXM satellite radio with a one-year free subscription are now standard. A new Sport SE Package due in late 2015 includes steering-wheel audio controls, heated front seats, 18-inch aluminum wheels, roof rails and additional exterior details.
Significant Standard Features

  • Seats five
  • Air conditioning
  • Fog lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Cruise control
  • Illuminated cupholders
  • Required in every new  car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 172-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Manual or automatic transmission 
  • Front-wheel drive or choice of two full-time four-wheel-drive systems
  • Freedom Drive II Off-road Package
  • Navigation system
  • Power sunroof
  • Heated leather front seats
  • Backup camera

Latest 2016 Compass Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

LOVE this vehicle!

by bwit18 on April 23, 2018

When I started my car search, I didn’t know what I wanted, I knew I needed the size to be just a bit bigger than Pontiac G6, but not TOO big like a suburban. As I was looking online the Jeep Compass ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great value, great ride

by BGood from Michigan on April 10, 2018

This vehicle is a great value. Good on gas, comfortable, drives well and is safe. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a high value at a low cost. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Jeep Compass currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Jeep Compass has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 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.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker