2016 Jeep Compass

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$19,695

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2016 Jeep Compass
2016 Jeep Compass

Key specs

Base trim shown.

Overview

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

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price.

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Notable features

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

2016 Jeep Compass Review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

2.1

MONEY PIT

I BOUGHT THE 2016 JEEP COMPASS HIGH ALTITUDE 4X4 LESS THAN 2 YEARS AGO AND IT HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT A MONEY PIT. I HAVE HAD THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR REPLACED SEVERAL TIMES AND MY VEHICLE STILL CONTINUES TO SHUT OFF WHILE DRIVING. JEEP WILL NOT MAKE GOOD ON THIS ISSUE AS IT WAS A RECALL IN 2016 AND THEY SAID IT WAS ALREADY REPAIRED. BUT YET I HAD THE CAR BACK AT THE DEALER LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER I BOUGHT IT BECAUSE THE SENSOR NEEDED REPLACED AGAIN.

4.9

Good Vehicle

Car was perfect and price was under budget for what I was looking for love the feel of the ride and the seats are very comfortable for a woman, my husband is a big guy and he does not fit too good.

3.9

It's a car

I am a senior who finally had to trade my sportier Chrysler product for something more accessible. The only suitable car the dealer had available was the Compass. Mine is the High Altitude model with the 2.4L engine and the 6 speed auto. I expected a little better performance from it, but it is acceptable, Even with the 6 speed trans it is sluggish, but the auto-stick feature ameliorates this somewhat if you choose to manually shift it. It still isn't a race car but it will give acceptable take off without waiting all day to get to the next traffic light. The ride is comfortable, and handling is tame. As noted this is not a sports car but it is a good daily driver. Interior appointments are well thought out with lots of available storage space. My biggest disappointment is the instrument cluster. It looks like it came out of an early 70's car, except that the speedo and tach have terribly small numbering. I expect I will rely more on my GPS for speed indication. I was really disappointed with the lack of a trip computer, and tire pressure sensors. These have been mostly standard in Chrysler products for over a decade! Front passenger comfort is good with plenty of leg and headroom, with well cushioned , nicely trimmed (and heated!) seats with a powered driver's seat. The center console is two compartmented with a deep bucket, and a handy document compartment in the lid. The console space is necessary, with the glove box basically sized for a pair of gloves, and maybe a pair of glasses. There are also fairly spacious door pockets, and a dash tray. Another disappointment was the lack of a USB charging station, and only one 12 volt outlet. There is a 150 watt, 120 volt AC outlet, perhaps to plug in a USB charger? While rear storage is not on par with other vehicles in its class, it is certainly adequate for my needs, Especially if the rear seats are folded down, and I often carry quite a load of sporting and outdoor equipment, as well as a walker. The entertaiment center has good sound, with AM, FM, CD and Satellite, as well as an aux jack for external devices, and I love the Uconnect which feeds my phone through the sound sound system. I have not commented on the rear seats because I haven't used them, and likely will not, nor do I often have passengers, I will most likely keep the rear seats folded down. In spite of my disappointments, I have to rate this car with 4 Stars. It will more than adequately meet my needs, if not all of my expectations. The Compass was the least expensive SUV in its class in 2016, so who would expect it to have all of the features of its more expensive brethren, or even stable mates? At this point, I am satisfied with my purchase. No it is not best in its class, but it is a nice, comfortable, even attractive daily driver!

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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Jeep
Certified pre-owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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