Looking like a smaller Grand Cherokee, the new 2017 Jeep Compass finally looks like part of the Jeep family and has the off-road ability to match. The new Compass will be powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, slightly higher numbers than the previous model. A six-speed manual can be paired with both front-wheel and four-wheel-drive models, but most drivers will opt for the six-speed or nine-speed automatic. The nine-speed unit is only available on the 4×4 model. Jeep says the Compass should be able to get 30 mpg with the front-wheel-drive model.
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Of course, it wouldn’t be a Jeep if it couldn’t off-road, and the 2017 Jeep Compass gets a bunch of features to ensure drivers don’t get stuck. Jeep Active Drive Low has a crawl ratio and is able to send 100 percent of the power to whichever wheel has the most traction. Trailhawk models amp things up with hill descent control, a rock crawl mode, a 20:1 crawl ratio, skid plates, aggressive off-road tires, up to 19 inches of water fording, a 2,000-lb towing capacity, and a small lift that helps the crossover get a 30-degree approach angle, 24-degree breakover angle, and a 34-degree departure angle.
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Inside, the Compass gets the pretty standard Jeep treatment with a large touchscreen (three different sizes are available) powered by the excellent UConnect system, big, chunky buttons and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A dual-pane sunroof and power liftgate are also available.
With the 2017 Jeep Compass, the automaker finally has a legitimate competitor in a hot segment. In size, it sits between a Renegade and a Cherokee. Pricing and availability have not been announced yet, and the 2016 L.A. Auto Show marks the crossover’s North American debut.
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