The 2016 Jeep Compass is a competent, bargain-priced, and generally well-equipped small crossover; but it's lacking in the tech and safety areas. It seems like the Jeep Compass has been living on borrowed time for years, as this somewhat ill-conceived vehicle has floundered and then, bit by bit, been given another lease on life-even though by today's standards it's behind the curve in safety and tech. As it stands, the 2016 Jeep Compass is more of a mini-Grand Cherokee than the odd econobox Jeep hatchback from which it morphed.
Under the Compass's
A six-speed automatic is offered on most of the lineup, although a five-speed manual gearbox is standard on the Sport. There's a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) for the lineup, too; but it serves a special purpose. It's required equipment if you want the Trail Rated badge and the best off-road gear-the Freedom Drive II four-wheel-drive system. In part, that's because the CVT includes an integrated low range, which allows the Compass to take on some semi-serious off-roading-and definitely far more than most other crossovers in this size class would be able to tackle.
There are two different engines offered for the Jeep Compass lineup, as well as three different transmissions; and although it might not be immediately clear which you should go for, keep in mind that each one serves a rather specific purpose. At the base level, the Compass Sport is powered by a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder 'World Engine' with front-wheel drive. Step up to Latitude models or all-wheel-drive versions of the Sport and you instead get a 172-hp, 2.4-liter version.
Design of Jeep Compass
Upholsteries and trims were revamped then, with available Saddle Brown perforated leather upholstery with accent stitching, for instance, or a new sport mesh-and-vinyl with accent stitching. And the palette of colors has gradually been reworked; last year Eco Green Clear Coat was new on the exterior-color list, while for 2016 it's Mojave Sand. The Grand-Cherokee-like grille, headlights, and hood are the highlights of the design, and of course they're some of the newest elements. Last year also brought some detail changes, like a new grille treatment. And the Compass's profile is somewhat trapezoidal with soft details. It's a straightforward but functional theme inside, and while Chrysler went well beyond the realm of normal mid-cycle revamps in upgrading the cabin materials, look, and feel, what it amounted to here is sort of a 'lite' version of the phenomenally good revamps given to the cabin of the Dodge Durango and Chrysler 200, among many others, in recent years.
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The 2016 Jeep Compass Sport includes air conditioning, power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, fog lamps, and illuminated cup holders; and for 2016 Jeep has added the Uconnect hand-free calling system and SiriusXM satellite radio compatibility to the standard-equipment list. A rear camera system is available on the Sport model and standard on the Latitude. Give us a call for more information on the 2016 Jeep Compass!