Road Test: 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Road Test: 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk


Price: $32,895 (MSRP)

Engine: 2.4L Tigershark 16-valve MultiAir SOHC Inline-4

Trans: 9-speed auto

Power: 180 hp@ 6,400 rpm

Torque: 175 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,633 lbs./1,509 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 10.8/7.8


New for 2017: Jeep started the 2017 model year by offering the unchanged first generation Compass but eventually stopped selling that one and introduced the fully redesigned 2017 model which is the one we drove here. The redesigned Compass looks like a smaller version of the great looking Grand Cherokee model and offers a stronger chassis and single powertrain option.

Segment Competitors: Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Equinox, Volkswagen Tiguan, Toyota Rav4, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander

The Skinny: The complete redesign of the Compass has been very well received as the previous generation had been around for 10 years making definitely due for a change. The new model features a great new look inside and out and slots in between the smaller Renegade and larger Cherokee in Jeep’s lineup. It is priced just about right in its super competitive segment and by all accounts performs admirably off-road, especially in the Trailhawk trim that our test model was.

Pros: Love the exterior looks of the new model and found all climate and infotainment controls simple and easy to use.

Cons: Found the Compass to be a bit sluggish, especially when encountering mountain passes on a recent road trip.

The Verdict: With SUVs/CUVs being all the rage these days, the Compass redesign couldn’t have come at a better time for Jeep. Entering an ever-competitive Compact SUV class, the bold new looks and off-road capability should propel the Compass up into the upper echelon of its segment.

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