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2020 Jeep Compass

2020 Jeep Compass

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$22,280 — $30,130 MSRP
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5 Seats
25-26 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Rugged Jeep image
  • Generous seating, cargo space
  • Interior quality
  • Trailhawk is a capable off-roader
  • Selectable drive modes for off-road terrain

The Bad

  • Nine-speed automatic slow to respond
  • Numb steering feel
  • Some active safety features not standard
  • Available panoramic moonroof limits rear headroom
2020 Jeep Compass exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Jeep Compass
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • 7-inch touchscreen standard
  • 180-hp four-cylinder standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Trail-rated Trailhawk version available

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2020 Jeep Compass Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Jeep Compass?

The Jeep Compass compact SUV was redesigned for the 2017 model year. It seats five and is powered by a 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and six- and nine-speed automatics are available. Front-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available; the four-wheel-drive system in the off-road-oriented Trailhawk trim level includes low-range gearing. Compass rivals include the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4.

What’s New on the 2020 Jeep Compass?

Overall, not much has changed for the 2020 model year. Compass buyers can now add more safety features to the base Sport trim level. These features include things like rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning and automatic high-beam headlights. Premium Alpine speakers are available on Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk trim levels.

What Features in the 2020 Jeep Compass Are Most Important?

Jeep bundles advanced safety features like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist. In terms of comfort, there’s available leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia system.

Trailhawk models feature a lifted suspension, off-road tires, skid plates, tow hooks, hill descent control and Jeep’s Active Drive Low four-wheel-drive system with a low range. This is the one you want if you’re planning on tackling difficult terrain.

2020 Jeep Compass Vs. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox: How Do They Compare?

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox offers a similarly ho-hum base engine, though there’s a more powerful 252-hp, turbo four-cylinder available. Granted, the Equinox doesn’t have the four-wheel-drive hardware and all-terrain chops of the Jeep — especially in Trailhawk form. But not many compact SUV shoppers will traverse anything more rugged than a muddy parking lot at a local orchard or pumpkin patch. Both SUVs have superb multimedia systems and plenty of room in the front and back seats. Kudos to Chevy for including more standard active safety features on the Equinox.

Should I Buy the 2020 Jeep Compass?

This Compass is another solid step forward in terms of interior quality, comfort features, available safety items and tech touches. The Trailhawk trim also delivers off-road performance that shames pretty much every other compact SUV. It’s too bad the engine is sluggish and the nine-speed automatic’s responses are lazy.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
62 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Love the look, comfort, and drives great.

by Kelley from Pelham NH on September 27, 2020

This car is beautiful inside and out. Love the huge sunroof, rides great, and interior details are sharp! Definitely would recommend, my first Jeep and probably won’t be the last. Read full review

(5.0)

I'M SO HAPPY THAT I BOUGHT THIS CAR

by Angie C from CHICAGO, IL on September 21, 2020

I THINK THIS WAS A GREAT BUY. I BELIEVE THIS CAR IS GOING TO BE VERY RELIABLE. MY DAUGHTERS LOVE IT. IT IS THE MOST COMFORTABLE CAR THAT I HAVE EVER DRIVEN. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Jeep Compass currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Jeep Compass has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Jeep

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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