Jeep Compass: 2018 Motor Development SUV of the Yr Contender No ratings yet.

Higher than its predecessors, however …

We like: Its styling and worth proposition

We don’t like: Its powerless engine and gradual to shift transmission

When Jeep launched the Compass, we praised its styling and the path the off-road model was taking by changing two previous automobiles with one. The 2017 Jeep Compass is by much better than its predecessors, however a gutless engine leaves us with a want for extra. Our two testers (in Trailhawk and Restricted trims) featured a 2.Four-liter four-cylinder engine producing 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque and mated to a nine-speed ZF transmission.

Each choose complained concerning the Compass’ gradual, hesitant acceleration, which Alisa Priddle characterised as “loud and painful, suggesting the Tigershark engine is struggling to ship.” And the lackluster construct high quality, such because the yawning panel gaps and low cost inside plastics, was inexcusable.

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However off the pavement, a lot of the judges loved driving the Trailhawk mannequin. “This car could be very spectacular within the sand,” Frank Markus mentioned. “I solely tried the sand mode, which locks the four-wheel drive, maintains decrease gears, and turns off traction management. It by no means spun a tire.”

Sand is perhaps straightforward to deal with for this Jeep, however a lot of the judges famous rattles when driving over ruts. “On the gravel street/Belgian blocks it creaked like my previous physique, and the cut up rear seat rattled, particularly with rear armrest down and no passengers,” Gordon Dickie mentioned.

The Compass seems enticing and is succesful on the sand, however its poor powertrain and lack of refinement saved it from gaining entrance into the finalist spherical.

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2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk Four×Four 2017 Jeep Compass Restricted Four×Four
BASE PRICE $29,690 $30,090
PRICE AS TESTED $34,060 $36,250
VEHICLE LAYOUT Entrance-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, Four-door SUV Entrance-engine, AWD, 5-pass, Four-door SUV
ENGINE 2.4L/180-hp/175-lb-ft SOHC 16-valve I-Four 2.4L/180-hp/175-lb-ft SOHC 16-valve I-Four
TRANSMISSION 9-speed automated 9-speed automated
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) three,656 lb (59/41%) three,615 lb (58/42%)
WHEELBASE 103.eight in 103.eight in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 173.Zero x 73.eight x 64.9 in 173.Zero x 73.eight x 64.6 in
Zero-60 MPH 9.Four sec 10.5 sec
QUARTER MILE 17.2 sec @ 77.2 mph 17.eight sec @ 76.1 mph
BRAKING, 60-Zero MPH 144 ft 133 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION Zero.73 g (avg) Zero.75 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 29.6 sec @ Zero.53 g (avg) 28.6 sec @ Zero.57 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 22/30/25 mpg 22/30/25 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 153/112 kW-hrs/100 miles 153/112 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB Zero.78 lb/mile Zero.78 lb/mile

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