Not many car brands are universally revered, but one that consistently garners attention and admiration among automotive journalists, car aficionados, and everyday drivers alike, is Jeep. Jeep embodies so many of the characteristics we love, including a spirit of adventure, iconic rugged styling, and in a word, fun. That’s why the 2020 Jeep Compass is such a popular and universal choice. Its affordable pricing offers buyers entry into the Jeep ownership family while still including the foundational qualities of the beloved Jeep brand. Jeep owners are a unique tribe that takes enormous pride in their vehicles.
With a starting MSRP of just $22,280, the 2020 Jeep Compass is a truly affordable compact SUV, but the story doesn’t end there. The full line of Compass trims, from the base Sport to the top-end Trailhawk with a starting MSRP of $29,850, offers something for everyone. There is no need to compromise on luxury features or performance with the Compass. Its wide range of models and packages, along with respectable cargo and passenger space, might just keep buyers that are considering larger vehicles in the compact category.
A compact SUV delivers fantastic fuel economy while providing additional interior space that smaller sedans and hatchbacks just can’t deliver. The Jeep Compass does this with panache, sprinkling technology, and safety features throughout the vehicle to give it even more bang for your buck.
It’s clear that Jeep wants compact SUV buyers to feel confident knowing that the range of features and options available on the 2020 Jeep Compass rival that of any of its competitors. When coupled with the prestige and peace-of-mind associated with the Jeep brand, it’s no wonder many buyers choose the Compass, even with such a large variety of competitive vehicles to choose from.
Let’s explore the versatile and fun 2020 Jeep Compass.
The Jeep Compass is available in several trims. These include the base Sport, Latitude, Sun & Wheel, Limited, and Trailhawk. In addition, several special editions, such as the Altitude, North Edition, and the High Altitude, are also available, giving Compass buyers a wide range of choices. Most Compass models have front-wheel drive standard.
The base 2020 Jeep Compass Sport offers a surprising array of standard features, making it feel like anything but a base model. At its starting price of $22,280, the Compass includes Jeep’s UConnect system with a 7-inch display, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, and a sporty 6-speed manual transmission. 16-inch wheels are standard on the Sport. For passenger comfort, Jeep offers standard dual zone air conditioning controls.
Moving up the model line range, the Latitude starts at an MSRP of $25,870 and builds in a lot more standard features, including an upgraded 2.4 liter 4-cylinder Evap M-Air engine with Electric Start-Stop, which shuts off the engine to prevent idling and save on gas. The Latitude receives a standard 6-speed automatic transmission and upgraded 17-inch aluminum wheels. Seating gets an upgrade from the Sport’s standard cloth bucket seats, with premium cloth and vinyl seats coming standard.
The 2020 Jeep Compass Altitude, coming in at $27,290, is next in the model lineup. This mid-range Compass includes upgraded 18-inch black aluminum wheels. The special edition High Altitude comes in at an MSRP of $31,145 and the North Edition starts at $27,975.
The Jeep Compass Limited pulls out all the stops with a long list of standard performance and luxury equipment, justifying its $28,875 starting price tag. Starting with the 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, the Limited stands alone with its luxury touches and appearance-enhancing upgrades. Finally, the standalone off-road Trailhawk, at an MSRP of $29,850, offers standard and optional features designed to maximize off-roading capability.
Almost all Jeep Compass models come standard with front-wheel drive and available four-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is the only available option on the Sun & Wheel and Trailhawk models. Jeep’s four-wheel drive system directs power individually to each wheel, depending on driving conditions, giving the Compass better traction.
Jeep provides the Compass with a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that provides 180 horsepower and fantastic fuel economy, coming in at a best-in-class max of 23 MPG city/32 MPG highway, depending on the trim line. Towing capacity is also impressive, at up to 2,000 lbs, a significant capability considering the Compass is a subcompact SUV.
Dialing into the off-road capabilities of Jeeps even more diligently is the Compass Trailhawk, offering an optional Selec-Terrain Traction Management System with Auto, Snow, Sand, and Mud modes, allowing drivers to dial in specific conditions for maximum performance. The standard Active Drive Low 4x4 System automatically keeps the vehicle in a lower gear, known as Rock mode, and focuses all of the torque on whichever wheel is making contact with the terrain. This capability gives the Trailhawk an edge for off-roaders and adventure seekers. On steep declines, the included Hill Descent Control feature monitors speed and braking on steep declines for added safety and control.
The Compass is loaded with today’s in-demand infotainment features, giving buyers everything they need to interface with their vehicles and stay connected. Jeep’s renowned Uconnect technology is available via an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Sync up your smartphone and apps via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, utilize on-screen navigation, and stay connected with the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot option.
The Compass is available with SiriusXM Guardian, which is an app-based connectivity system that lets you lock and unlock doors, remote start your vehicle, locate your vehicle by activating the horn, and have access to important details about your Compass. You can even get directions on your smartphone and project them on the onboard system for use while driving. SiriusXM Guardian also gives subscribers access to live operators who can arrange for roadside assistance or emergency response when needed.
Driver assist technology doesn’t disappoint. The 2020 Jeep Compass makes a variety of safety systems available to help drivers stay safe on the road. The available Safety and Security Group and Advanced Safety and Security Group packages incorporate a full range of these systems to equip the Compass with the latest technology designed to prevent collisions and keep drivers alert.
The Safety and Security Group package includes plenty of safety features. These include a Blind Spot and Cross-Path Detection system, which helps drivers make safe lane changes and assists drivers when backing out of parking spaces by sounding an alarm when a sensor detects a vehicle. Also included is ParkSense Rear Park Assist, which helps drivers park their Compass in tight spaces without bumping into another vehicle. And finally, Rain-Sensitive Intermittent Wipers that sense the amount of rainfall and increase or decrease wiper speed automatically.
The Advanced Safety and Security Group builds on the Safety and Security Group features. It includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, which adjusts speed to keep a safe distance from the car ahead. There is also advanced brake assist for automatic emergency braking in extreme situations and automatic adjusting high beams that sense oncoming traffic and switch to the low beam setting. Full Speed Forward Collision Warn Plus is included, which takes active braking to a whole new level. Sensors will identify when a collision is possible and send alerts to the driver. If the driver doesn’t respond, the system can bring the vehicle to a full stop. Lane Departure Warning Plus is another feature included, which beeps when the vehicle drifts out of its lane and, finally, a rearview auto-dimming mirror is available, which minimizes the impact of bright headlights in the driver’s field of vision.