Compact crossovers are all the rage in the current auto industry, and for good reason. These vehicles offer generous amounts of cargo space, a car-like ride quality and plenty of utility. However, despite the fact that there are numerous compact crossovers available, there’s one model that clearly stands out above the rest if you’re planning to take it off-road. That model is the 2017 Jeep® Compass.
Redesigned for the 2017 model year, Jeep® says it created the all-new Compass “from the ground up to be the most capable compact SUV ever.” The 2017 Jeep® Compass (MSRP $20,995) comes with a stiffer chassis and modified suspension tuning, which has improved the vehicle’s ride quality, all but eliminating the noise and vibration that plagued the first-generation Compass.
Customers can select from a list of three available transmissions. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, but a six-speed automatic gearbox is also available. The third option is a new nine-speed automatic that comes standard in the off-road ready Trailhawk model, giving the Compass a 20:1 crawl ratio. All three transmissions come paired with a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir® engine good for 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.
The Trailhawk trim comes standard with skid plates and an increased ride height that protects the guts of the vehicle while traversing over rocky terrain. Furthermore, the Trailhawk features distinctive red tow hooks up front, as well as off-road tires and standard four-wheel drive, making it capable of handling even the most difficult weather conditions such as heavy rain and snow.
Inside the cabin, the all-new Jeep® Compass comes standard with a rearview camera, air conditioning and pushbutton start. By opting for higher trim levels, you can decorate the cabin of the Compass with high-tech equipment like the Uconnect® 8.4 infotainment system that’s compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s worth noting that automotive sites from around the web have praised Uconnect® 8.4 for its responsive nature and easy-to-use controls.
The 2017 Jeep® Compass also offers more than 70 available safety and security features. On top of standard safety tech like electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and seven airbags, the second-gen Compass also offers LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, as well as Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking. The former can help keep the Compass maintain its lane if it detects it’s veering from its intended path, while the latter technology alerts the driver and automatically engages the brake if it detects that a frontal collision is imminent.
Whether you plan to take the new Jeep® Compass for an off-road adventure or just stick to the city streets, the 2017 Compass has the off-road equipment, entertainment features and advanced safety technology to make any trip safe and enjoyable.
This article is presented by Colonial Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Hudson in Hudson, Massachusetts.