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Jeep Expands Global Reach Expands With All-New 2017 Compass

2017 Jeep Compass

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All-new 2017 Jeep® Compass Limited and 2017 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk

Jeep is one of the most recognized brands on the planet. It’s vehicles have found success in every hemisphere, encouraging Jeep’s leadership to expand the line with an impending 3-row SUV and open-bed pickup. Yet Jeep’s basic recipe — offering a genuinely capable on- and off-road SUV at a reasonable price — continues to delight the widest spectrum of buyers, and that’s exactly what the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass offers.

2017 Jeep Compass Engine

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All 2017 Jeep Compass trims are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine

The Compass will be critical to Jeep’s global sales in the coming years. It’s being produced at four plants (in Brazil, China, India and Mexico) and will be offered with 17 drivetrain configurations to meet the needs of nearly any market. The U.S. version will be powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 180 horsepower and matched to either a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic or a 9-speed automatic. The 6-speed manual will be offered in 4×2 or 4×4 form in the base Compass Sport trim. Stepping up to a mid-grade Compass Latitude removes the manual transmission option in 4×2 models, but you can still get the manual or auto in 4×4 versions. The off-road oriented Compass Trailhawk and premium Compass Limited trims are only offered with the 9-speed automatic.

2017 Jeep Compass Driving

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Compass fuel efficiency, particularly in 4×4 configuration, is quite impressive

Jeep representatives told us the 2017 Compass is the most capable off-road SUV in the segment while also delivering best-in-class 4×4 full efficiency. Rated at 22 city mpg and either 30 (automatic) or 31 (manual) mpg on the highway the 4×4 Compass does return impressive fuel mileage (the base Sport model in front-wheel drive manual configuration gets 23/32 mpg). Jeep’s “Active Drive” 4×4 drivetrain uses a rear-axle electronic disconnect system to fully release the rear differential when it’s not needed, adding to the Compass’ efficiency.

2017 Jeep Compass Off Road

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The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk offers increased ground clearance

After driving a 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk over an aggressive wilderness course we have no reason to question Jeep’s off-road capability claims. The Trailhawk’s 1-inch lift and reconfigured lower body panels offer additional ground clearance. All Trailhawks also come with a lower 20:1 crawl ratio, hill descent control and a “Rock” drive mode not offered on the Sport, Latitude or Limited models (all Compasses have Auto, Snow, Mud and Sand drive modes). Underbody skid plates, a full-size spare and water fording up to 19 inches (other trims can ford 16 inches) contribute to the Trailhawk’s off-road credentials.