Jan 13, 2014
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $27,505: 2.4-Liter DOHC I4, CVT with off-road crawl ratio, Security and Cargo Convenience Group, Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group, ParkView backup camera
Likes

Feels light, nimble and competent for an SUV. I like small cars, so I guess it makes sense that I like small SUVs. Decent mileage for its size. Audio controls on back of steering wheel are great.

Dislikes

Cheap plastic everywhere, lackluster performance and handling. Styling seems about a decade old. Touch-screen display feels like a cheap Chinese tablet stuck on the dashboard. Some information not visible at crucial times, like which radio station you’re on while you’re searching for a station. Heated seats don’t get hot enough.

Verdict

If the idea of a basic little SUV appeals to you, then the Jeep Compass is worth a look. If you’re offended by cheap finishes and wheezy powertrains, you should probably stay away. I wouldn’t call this a car for an automotive enthusiast, but it’s an honest enough commuter at a reasonable price.

Fun to Drive
2.0 rating
Fun to Look at
2.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Stats
EPA Mileage 20/23