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2019 Jeep Compass

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$21,845 — $29,695 MSRP
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SUV
5 Seats
25-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Looks like a baby Grand Cherokee
  • Interior quality
  • Roomy cabin
  • Trailhawk trim highly capable off-road
  • Selectable drive modes for off-road terrain
  • Manual transmission available with all-wheel drive

The Bad

  • Slow, slow, slow
  • Numb, uninspiring steering feel
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission slow to respond
  • Moonroof diminishes backseat headroom
2019 Jeep Compass exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Jeep Compass
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen now standard
  • 180-hp four-cylinder standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity standard
  • Trail-rated Trailhawk version available 

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Jeep Compass?

The Jeep Compass compact SUV was redesigned for the 2017 model year. It seats five and is powered by a 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that teams with a standard six-speed manual or a six- or nine-speed automatic transmission. Front- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered, and those craving off-road capability should check out the Trailhawk trim level. The Compass competes with the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and other small SUVs.

What’s New on the 2019 Jeep Compass?

The Compass gets a standard 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, and the Advanced Safety Group Package adds adaptive cruise control. A Trailhawk-inspired Upland Edition is available for the Sport trim, and a High Altitude Package is available for Limited models.

What Features in the 2019 Jeep Compass Are Most Important?

Advanced safety features like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist are bundled together in an option package. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia system are also available. Trailhawk models feature a lifted suspension, off-road tires, skid plates, tow hooks, hill descent control and Jeep’s Active Drive Low four-wheel-drive system with a low range.

Should I Buy the 2019 Jeep Compass?

This Compass improves on its predecessor in many ways, particularly regarding interior quality, and the Trailhawk trim delivers impressive off-road performance. However, acceleration is slow, and the available nine-speed automatic transmission's responses are lazy.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
44 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(5.0)

Smooth ride

by Buddyespi from Escondido on April 19, 2019

Good car for a small family and it has a plug for your iPads and the drive was smooth and took the turns and the sound quality is good also Read full review

(5.0)

Best car we’ve bought

by Moses from El Paso tx on April 17, 2019

Awesome ride we love our new 2019 Jeep Compass sport 4x4. Best car we’ve owned smooth and safe a lot of room and the color is awesome Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Jeep Compass currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Jeep Compass has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Jeep

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Compass received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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