2022 Jeep Compass Looks to Navigate Itself Into the Conversation

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Quick, when’s the last time you gave a thought to the Jeep Compass?

Probably several years ago when the last generation was introduced, right?

Otherwise, if you’re thinking about Jeep, you’re probably thinking about the Gladiator, Wrangler, Cherokee, or Grand Cherokee.

To be fair, buzz doesn’t always correlate to sales numbers, and the Compass has racked up seemingly respectable numbers, though it can’t hold a candle to the more popular Cherokee.

Either way, it’s redesign time, and new duds unveiled at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show should remind shoppers the Compass exists.

The highlights include a 10.1-inch infotainment screen with the latest UConnect system, a 10.25-inch TFT gauge cluster, the availability of heated rear seats for the first time on Compass, two 4×4 systems, a new premium Latitude LUX trim, new exterior and interior design, a semi-autonomous driver-assist system, and changes in the suspension and steering tuning that are meant to improve ride and handling.

A whole slew of driver-assist/safety features are now standard. They include full-speed collision warning with active brake and pedestrian/cyclist detection, active lane management with LaneSense lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection.

There are five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Power will come from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 177 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. Most Compasses will have a nine-speed automatic trans, but Sports and Latitude 4x2s will have a six-speed gearbox. Jeep promises up to 31 mpg on 4×2 models and a 2,000-pound towing capacity on 4×4 models.

Both 4×4 systems can deliver 100 percent of available torque to any one wheel, and the Trailhawk model gets a low range, a 20:1 crawl mode, a Rock drive mode (the others are Auto, Snow, and Sand/Mud), hill-descent control, a one-inch lift, 8.6 inches of ground clearance, skid plates, the ability to ford up to 19 inches of water, front and rear tow hooks, and 17-inch wheels. It has a 30-degree approach angle, a 24-inch breakover angle, and a 34-degree departure angle.

Other available features include a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, leather seats, heated front seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, remote start, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 360-degree camera, traffic-sign recognition, LED lighting, LED fog lamps, Bluetooth for up to two phones, navigation, Alexa virtual assistant, UConnect app, type A and Type C USB ports, adaptive cruise control, 18- or 19-inch wheels, and in-car Wi-Fi.

A Jeep Wave customer service program is part of the deal with all 2022 Jeep models, and it includes three years of maintenance, same-day vehicle rentals, and 24/7 roadside assistance.

You can get in the door for $24,995 (plus $1,495 in destination). Limiteds and Trailhawks start at $31,395, before D and D.

[Images © 2021 Tim Healey/TTAC, Jeep]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • CoastieLenn CoastieLenn on Jul 14, 2021

    Since many of us have spoken about the Cherokee in these comments, what ever happened to Stellantis renaming the Cherokee? The last article I read about it was in March. I thought the push from certain populations was huge to rid us of evil consumer naming schemes.

    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jul 14, 2021

      "Gladiator, Wrangler, Cherokee, or Grand Cherokee" - plus Thunderbird. All these names could be considered offensive at some level. [i.e. Wrangler -> animal captivity]

  • Sooperedd Sooperedd on Jul 15, 2021

    My Renegade was gutless, terrible MPGs, and lots of electronic glitches. Got rid of it.

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  • Michael S6 I would take the Mustang for the soundtrack. However, practically a BMW M340ix or M240ix would be my choice.
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