2020 Jeep Compass

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2020 Jeep Compass
2020 Jeep Compass

Key specs

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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

6 trims

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Our 2020 Jeep Compass trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 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

2020 Jeep Compass review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Good car

Great driving experience with this truck but not good on gas Basically use my car to commute from home to work and groceries shopping And taking my mom To her appointments


First SUV

I didn’t think I’d ever love an SUV like I did my cars until I drove this one. I love the state of art everything! It’s also quite sharp looking too.


Terrible purchase

I purchased the car in January 2020, the transmission went out in August 2020, can not repair this transmission, they do not sell parts you have to purchase a new transmission, took it to the dealer, they contacted Chrysler directly, would not help pay for any of it since I had it such a short time, dealer thought they may give me some reimbursement told me nothing they could do! I ended up paying out of pocket 4,800, and that was from a discount at the dealership, if your looking for a car you can repair the transmission if it goes bad, do not purchase this car!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Jeep
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
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
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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