STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - The second-generation Compass, which replaced both the original model as well as the Jeep Patriot, was a mid-2017 arrival. Manufactured in Mexico, India, Brazil and China, it's sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. Although overall styling (especially the rear-most roof pillar) is unique, the grille has a decidedly Jeep Grand Cherokee look to it. The sole engine is a 180-horsepower "Tigershark" four-cylinder linked to either a six-speed manual transmission or available six- or nine-speed automatics. Four different trim levels consist of Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. The latter comes with more ground clearance, underbody protection and a dual-range four-wheel-drive system called Selec-Terrain that can direct 100 percent of the available torque to a single wheel. It also uses a 20:1 crawl ratio for tackling the real rough stuff. A less rugged full-time system is optional on the rest of the Compass lineup. Both systems can be set to Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, but Selec-Terrain gets a Rock setting designed for serious off-roading.
Base price (incl. destination): $23,600
Type: Compact utility vehicle
Engine: (h.p.): 2.4-liter I-4 (180)
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic (opt. 4x2); nine-speed automatic (opt. 4x4)
Layout: Front- /four-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 23/32/26 (4x2)
Base weight (lb.): 3,180