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The 2019 Jeep Compass Finds the Way

The Jeep Compass line has been with us a while now, originally released for the 2007 model year. Back then, it was a Jeep SUV that we weren't really expecting. With its car-like handling, on-road focused design, and rounded-off body styling, it was a bit of a departure from what we all knew to be "Jeep," and buyers were divided.

A lot has changed since then, and more and more drivers are enjoying the second-generation Jeep Compass, now in its third year of production. The new 2019 Jeep Compass is now solidly set as a capable, dependable, and well-rounded Jeep SUV that's suitable for a huge range of drivers with different automotive needs.

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How Does the 2019 Jeep Compass Perform?

The Jeep Compass is well-balanced for a variety of driving styles. You'll get all the strength you need, on road or off, from the 2.4-liter I4 Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine, which produces 175 pound-feet of torque and 180 horsepower. You can choose from a fun-to-drive six-speed stick shift transmission, a responsive six-speed automatic transmission, and a nine-speed automatic transmission, depending on the trim-level and drivetrain you select. We think the nine-speed could use a little fine-tuning, as it occasionally gets ahead of itself when upshifting, but you won't be disappointed with its performance.

The Jeep Compass can be configured in either front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. The two-wheel-drive offers greater efficiency, and it's a solid performer in harsh weather, dirt trails, and loose gravel. Where the Jeep Compass really pulls out ahead of the rest of its class is in its 4x4 capability. The Jeep Compass 4x4 is true to the Jeep brand's legacy, featuring advanced four-wheel-drive systems, confident off-road handling, skid plates, tow hooks, and a high ground-clearance.

As far as fuel efficiency, the 2019 Jeep Compass Sport FWD with manual transmission earns an impressive 23/32 MPG City/HWY. Switching to an automatic six-speed transmission on the FWD Sport and Latitude gets you 22/31 MPG City/HWY. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk will get net you 22/30 MPG City/HWY.

What Safety Equipment is Available on the Jeep Compass?

The available driver-assist equipment on the Jeep Compass is definitely worth a look. It's the kind of thing that you never knew you needed, but once you have it, you'll never be able to go without it. When you have LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and ParkSense Rear Park Assist technologies, it feels like you've always got a co-pilot watching your back.

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How is the 2019 Jeep Compass Equipped?

Jeep offers a variety of well thought-out trim-levels for the Jeep Compass, making it a good fit for a large range of SUV buyers.

The Jeep Compass Sport

If you're looking to experience the new Jeep SUV lifestyle at an accessible price, the Sport trim is a top choice. You can get 4x4 capability, SUV versatility, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more while keeping the MSRP in the low-$20,000 range.

The Jeep Compass Latitude

The Latitude brings you a huge variety of options, so you can really customize your experience. You can equip your Jeep Compass Latitude with additional infotainment upgrades, a dual-pane sunroof, a driver-assist technology package, a tow package, premium interior, and more.

The Jeep Compass Altitude

If you love being the center of attention, you should definitely try out the Jeep Compass Altitude. You have all the options and features that the Limited trim does, but you'll get some slick blacked-out wheels, exterior trim, and badging too. It's a great way to make a statement.

The Jeep Compass Limited

The Jeep Compass Limited is the kind of car that you want to relax in after your commute. The heated leather seats, premium audio system, and automatic everything make every drive more enjoyable.

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk

If you're the type to turn off the pavement for an unplanned adventure and you love hitting the trails every chance you get, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk is just what you're looking for. It's fitted with a higher suspension, off-road tires, tow hooks, upgraded shocks, and the advanced Selec-Terrain 4x4 system--but it still has plenty of comfort and convenience features that make it a great daily driver.

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Is the 2019 Jeep Compass Right for Me?

As soon as you're behind the wheel of the 2019 Jeep Compass, it's pretty apparent that it's focused on every day on-road use--but honestly, that's what most people do most of the time--drive around town on pavement.

But looks can be deceiving. Unlike its competition in the small SUV market, the 2019 Jeep Compass (especially 4x4 models and the Compass Trailhawk), can absolutely tackle trails that would send most of the compact crossover SUV market running off in terror. Some may say it looks more like a city-slicker, but it's still a Jeep, and there's no doubt it'll beat out the rest of its class off the road or in some tough weather.

With its top-tier 4x4 capability, accessible pricing, hearty helping of tech and convenience features, and that iconic Jeep brand styling, the 2019 Jeep Compass is a smart choice that will meet and exceed nearly any automotive needs.

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