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2021 Jeep Compass

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$24,495

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

25

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

173” x 64.8”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Slow, slow, slow
  • Nine-speed automatic slow to respond
  • Numb steering feel
  • Many active safety features not standard
  • Available panoramic moonroof limits rear headroom

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Jeep Compass trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • 180-hp four-cylinder standard
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • 7-inch touchscreen standard
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Trail-rated Trailhawk version available

2021 Jeep Compass review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Jeep Compass?

The Jeep Compass compact SUV seats five and is powered by a 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Six- and nine-speed automatic transmissions are offered. 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 2021 Jeep Compass?

Uplevel Trailhawk and Limited trims gain forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, automatic high-beam headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers.  There’s also a new 80th Anniversary Edition that features 19-inch wheels with a granite-crystal finish, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, remote start, an 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia system with navigation and special badging and trim.  

What Features in the 2021 Jeep Compass Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Heated side mirrors
  • Push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 60/40-split rear seat
  • 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity

Available features include:

  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Alpine premium stereo

2021 Jeep Compass Vs. 2021 Chevrolet Equinox: How Do They Compare?

The Chevrolet Equinox offers a similarly ho-hum base engine, but it 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 easy-to-use 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 2021 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 is slow to respond.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.3
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Most recent consumer reviews

1.0

Awful !

Awful !!! Don’t buy it. Its not a comfortable ride at all. Stay away from it. U can do better! I wish they created a vehicle like that.

1.0

Transmission Sticks

Going in the dealership repair for the third time for transmission hesitating between 1st and 2nd gears because the transmission oil is cold?????? Never had this problem with other cars. May need to trade in for different brand.

1.0

Awful Car, HORRENDOUS gas mileage

This car is the worst on gas. It has absolutely horrendous gas mileage. My husband has a 2021 Tacoma that LOVES gas and it drinks less gas than this car. It’s sound system is terrible as well. It sounds very tinny and cheap. It’s not very intuitive either. Every single time I get in this car I have to manually reconnect my phone. Parts of it just feel, for lack of, of a better word, cheap. I got this car as a rental while my actual car was in the shop getting repaired and it’s safe to say I would NEVER purchase this car and I’m truly shocked that other people do. I’m simply appalled at just how much gas this stupid car uses. It’s awful. My 2015 Hyundai mini suv is more technologically sensitive and advanced than this thing and burns WAY less gas, and that’s saying something. Skip this car. If you’re thinking of buying it, don’t. Jeep should be embarrassed by this thing.

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Safety

Based on the 2021 Jeep Compass base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
20.2%
Rollover rating
3
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

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