2018 Jeep Compass

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Terrain versatility, premium technology and unmistakable trademark styling meet with the new 2018 Jeep Compass. Keep scrolling to find out why the Compass is the Crossover SUV that suits your lifestyle and why you should come see it for yourself, right here at the home for Jeep in Cedar Rapids, Pat McGrath!

Compass Matches Style with Function

Introduced in 2007 as an entry-level sport utility vehicle, and Jeep's first crossover SUV, the Compass was targeted towards first-time Jeep buyers looking for a bold ride for paved surfaces with the off-road capabilities synonymous with the crossover segment. With a price tag coming in below the Wrangler, making the Compass an affordable choice from the Jeep lineup, it's easy to see why it's an appealing choice for many. Receiving the coveted Trail Rated badge granted to capable off-roaders in 2011, the Compass has remained a favorite of discerning shoppers looking for the best value for their money.

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What's Special About 2018 Jeep Compass?

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The 2018 Jeep Compass projects the tough yet sophisticated look you've come to expect of a premium crossover while retaining Jeep's iconic 7-slot chrome-lined front grille. It's uniquely shaped headlights, accented with attention grabbing led daytime running lights, give the vehicle an animalistic look sure to leave a lasting impression. Separating the body of the SUV from the contrasting roof-rails, the Compass features a crisp chrome trim piece that runs from the side mirror and wraps around the rear and over to the opposite mirror, adding a touch of elegance.

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The Compass will be made in four continents and sold in more than a hundred countries. Overall, few changes have been made in the exterior styling of the Compass with Jeep opting instead to refine the interior with some exciting options and the latest technology accommodations.

As with earlier editions of Compass, the 2018 Jeep Compass will be made available in the usual trim variants like Sports, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. Sport is the base model, while the Limited includes the most premium specs and equipment. Pricing starts as low as $21,000.

Popular Compass Variations

2018 Jeep Compass Interior
Features Sport Latitude TrailHawk
MSRP $25,000 $29,700 $32,200
9 Speed Transmission
7" Display Screen
  • 4x4 Jeep Compass Sport with 9 speed automatic transmission and Tech Group with an estimated MSRP of $25,000. Tech Group includes 7.0 Color Display, Rear park assist, Apple Carplay and Google Android Auto compatibility, 115V Aux power outlet and more.
  • 4x4 Jeep Compass Latitude with 9 speed transmission, Popular Equipment Group, Beats Premium Audio and Advanced Safety and Lighting Group with an estimated MSRP of $29,700. Popular Equipment Group includes 7" display, 115 V aux power outlet, power driver seat, Apple Carplay and Google Auto compatibility, remote start and more. Advanced Safety and Lighting Group includes lane departure warning plus, auto high beam headlamp control, B-Xenon HID headlamps, full speed FWD collision warn plus.
  • 4X4 Jeep Compass Trailhawk with sunroof, power liftgate and Beats Premium Audio with an estimated MSRP of $32,200.

Premium Advanced Features

2018 Jeep Compass Advanced Features

The top-end Compass Trailhawk is equipped with the Selec-Terrain system that works alongside the Selec-Speed Control and Hill Descent Control systems which give the driver the ability to optimize performance and suspension based on driving conditions. The off-road modes are Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud, and Rocks. It is also equipped with the capability to traverse up to 19 inches of water fording with its impressive ground clearance.

The 2018 Jeep Compass has been beefed up with more than 70 active and passive safety features which include several electronic driving aids. It also has electronic anti-roll systems. Standard safety features also include seven airbags.

2018 Jeep Compass Safety Features

On the software front, Compass features the latest and fourth-generation version of the Apple Carplay Uconnect infotainment system with Android Auto smartphone integration. It will have multiple screens for infotainment and digital instrumentation display, as well as available premium audio options like the BeatsAudio nine-speaker system with a 12-channel amp and subwoofer. Depending on the trim variant, you also have options that include either a 7-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreen command center.

Engine Specs

Currently the 2018 Compass offers one engine configuration: the top-end 2.4-liter inline-4 cylinder 'Tigershark' engine, which boasts impressive power numbers and competitive fuel economy numbers with 31 MPG on the highway and 22 MPG in traffic. The Tigershark comes with three available transmission configurations and a Stop/Start system which shuts the engine off when the vehicle is stationary, and restarts when the brake is released, making for increased efficiency.

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Power Ratings

The Compass comes capable of delivering 180 hp at 6,400 rpm and develops 175 pound-feet (360 Nm) of torque at 3,900 rpm, providing a solid punch for your money. Its peak pulling capacity comes in at 1 ton of load.


The four-wheel-drive models will have a 6-speed manual or 9-speed automatic transmission; whereas the front-wheel-drive models will have a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk comes standard with a 9-speed automatic transmission only. It will also have upgraded terrain-tackling system and suspension worthy of a true-blood off-roader.

off-road capabilities

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The Compass Trailhawk is a serious off-roader and also sports the Jeep Active Drive Low four-wheel-drive system which offers an amazing 20:1 crawl ratio. Other Compass variants which have four-wheel drive are fitted with the standard Jeep Active Drive setup.

Go off the grid

The 2018 Compass will have alloy wheels of 16, 17 and 18-inches, depending on the trim. The Latitude and Trailhawk will sport the biggest sized tires. The top models also come equipped with leather upholstery, reverse cameras, extra-large sunroof and other tempting goodies bundled into it.

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Our Final Thoughts

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Jeep Compass is an affordable compact SUV that was inspired by the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the new 2018 Jeep Compass is a vastly improved version of its predecessor. It is a crossover that is as refined and comfortable as a city car; yet comes packed with off-road capabilities. It provides ample legroom for a vehicle of its size, excellent infotainment system options and sufficient cargo storage for any lifestyle. The higher end Trailhawk is equipped with unique off-road capabilities to explore the wild, all in a very lucratively priced package.

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