Reviews the All-New 2017 Jeep Compass: A Revamped Compact SUV that's All Jeep

The 2017 Jeep Compass is a vastly different compact SUV than its predecessor, all for the better, concludes in a review. Still positioned as the affordable Jeep, and with a price tag that matches, the new Compass offers much improved off-road performance says, including a special Trailhawk edition that's loaded with equipment and features to negotiate all types of terrain.

The 2017 Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that sends power to either the front or all four wheels depending on the transmission settings. It's good for 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Remember, you're not going to be drag racing in the Compass, you're more likely going to carefully navigating off-road trails, and for that the engine is quite capable. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Compass Sport, and available on the 4WD Compass Latitude. Front-wheel Compass models gets a six-speed automatic, while 4WD models get a nine-speed automatic. Fuel economy is quite road for this kind of vehicle - e.g., 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway with 4WD manual or FWD automatic.

The exterior design of the Compass has been recast for much more Jeep-like look - i.e., more rugged. says the 2017 Compass resembles a miniaturized Grand Cherokee. It's available in four trims, from the base Sport to the Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk editions. The Compass has a full-time Jeep Active Drive 4x4 system that can send 100 percent of engine power to any wheel when needed, and Jeep Active Drive low has a 20:1 crawl ratio. The Trailhawk includes this latter feature, and also has a Rock mode with lower drivetrain ratios.

Inside, the Compass is comfortable and the layout is versatile. The passenger seat will even fold flat to accommodate extra-long pieces of gear. There's a new generation of the UConnect infotainment system, and it's now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Finally, Jeep says the new Compass has over 70 available safety features, from a reverse camera and ABS to more advanced technologies like lane-keep assist, blind-spot warning and forward-collision alert.

We have a great selection of new Jeep models, including the 2017 Compass in all its variations, in stock here at Castilone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Our experienced sales professionals know all things Jeep, and can help you compare models and choose the Compass that's right for you. Stop by our Batavia, NY showroom today - we're also convenient to Albion, Brockport, Buffalo and Rochester - or call us at (888) 751-8629 to schedule a test drive.

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