See What the 2021 Jeep Compass Offers

Since its debut in the mid-2000s, the Jeep Compass has built a reputation among compact crossover SUVs for being an exceptional off roader. It is just as comfortable traversing rough trails and unpaved roads as it is on smooth surfaces during your daily commutes. Other compact crossovers are merely satisfied with offering a drivetrain that's okay for slippery surfaces. However, the Compass is more than just a superb off-road vehicle. It also comes with a nice list of features, a user-friendly infotainment system, and remarkable safety ratings. The 2021 model year finds the Compass in its second production cycle, and it is split into Sport, Latitude, Altitude, Limited, and Trailhawk trim levels.

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The 2021 Jeep Compass is powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark 4-cylinder engine, which puts 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. That's all right to get the Compass from point A to point B without feeling sluggish.

For the Compass's best fuel economy numbers, at 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, stick with the standard front-wheel drive. Otherwise, go for the four-wheel-drive system, which is accompanied by the Selec-Terrain traction management system with Snow, Sand, and Mud settings. This allows you to not only perform well on slippery surfaces, but uneven ones as well. Plus, even with power being sent to all four wheels instead of just two like the front-wheel-drive system, going with the 4x4 system does not mean that there will be a significant dip in fuel economy. Highway efficiency drops from 31 mpg to 30 mpg with the 4x4, but you still get the 22 mpg in the city. (Notably, the off-road-optimized Trailhawk is the only trim with standard four-wheel drive.) Towing capacity, regardless of configuration, is rated at 1,000 lbs.

For 2021, the 6-speed manual transmission that was offered on previous model years is dropped. If you go with the front-wheel drive, the engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission for more convenient gear shifting. The 4x4 system comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which has three additional gears for a smoother shifting feel due to the reduced space between gears.

Technology and Interior

The 2021 Compass has a Uconnect infotainment system that is anchored by a 7-inch touchscreen at the base level. Uconnect is beloved by critics and consumers alike for its unambiguous menus and redundant physical controls. Uconnect integrates a six-speaker stereo system, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, a pair of USB ports for connecting mobile devices, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. With dual-zone automatic climate control system consist of separate controls for the driver and front-seat passenger to customize their heating and cooling preferences. Remote keyless entry enable access by just pressing the corresponding key fob button. Cruise control helps you maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle moving in front of you. The Compass gains a trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio and proximity keyless entry to simply have the key fob in your possession to gain access if you go with the Latitude or higher. Exclusive to the Limited has an auto-dimming rearview mirror to dim headlight glare from behind, as well as a larger, 8.4-inch touchscreen in place of the 7-inch.

For restraint and cushioning when there's a crash, the Compass provides two frontal impact airbags, two front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and two roof-mounted side curtain airbags. There's also electronic stability and traction control to help keep you in your intended lane of travel, ABS to prevent wheel lockup when you suddenly apply the brake pedal, and brake assist for additional stopping power when needed. For 2021, two driver-assistance technologies have been added on the Limited and Trailhawk: forward collision mitigation and blind-spot warning. The former helps avoid a front-end crash, and the latter helps you watch out for vehicles to avoid side crashes.

The Compass seats up to five people with its two rows of cloth-trimmed seats. Passenger volume is measured at 100 cubic feet. Behind the rear seats and liftgate is 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is wide and includes tie-downs to secure items. You can fold down the rear seats to maximize cargo space at 59.8 cubic feet. The aptly named Sport has cloth-and-vinyl upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Steering-wheel and front-seat heating, leather upholstery, and eight-way power adjustability on the driver's seat appear on the luxury-oriented Limited. Although the Trailhawk does not gain the enhancements of the Limited, it is the only one with cloth-and-leather seats.


The 2021 Compass, as a second-gen entry, is a lot less boxy than the first-gen model. It is also longer and wider. It is made from fully galvanized steel for utmost strength, and the headlights are not integrated with the front grille. The front doors bear power side mirrors, and the rear includes a lip spoiler to improve aerodynamics.

Go with at least the Latitude to get roof rack rails for carrying odd-shaped cargo or items. The aptly named Trailhawk stands alone with a more robust ground clearance, off-road suspension and tires, a pair of tow hooks, extra skid plates for undercarriage protection, and a fully black front grille (instead of one with chrome accents).

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Fired up about the 2021 Jeep Compass? You can do so at Fred Frederick Chrysler Easton Inc., in Easton, MD. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our Jeep specialists.