2022 Jeep Compass Looks to Navigate Itself Into the Conversation

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
2022 jeep compass looks to navigate itself into the conversation

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]

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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.

  • Stuki Moi "...until I realize they're just looking for an open spot that doesn't have a hydrant next to it."As if that's some sort of excuse..... It's almost up there with the yahoos who effectively park, blocking a street, to wait for someone who looks like he may be, maybe..., leaving his parking spot at some point in the future.If you need to park; practice drive and dive. Cars have good brakes these days. Keep traffic flowing, come what may. That's the name of efficient driving game. Not all manners of "yes, but I'm like, you know, like...." so that everyone else are stuck behind you.
  • Dukeisduke I don't listen to AM that much, but I still listen. I think it's stupid not to include it in new cars.
  • ScarecrowRepair Most drivers in city traffic pass thousands of cars every day. We don't notice the many who drive sanely, only the few screwups. How many times a year are we the screwup? Call it 5 times. That means that 1 out of 73 drivers on the road are going to screw up sometime today. I'd say that comes to seeing one screwup a day, and we sure do remember them.
  • Arthur Dailey This car is also in my all time favourite colour combination for 1970s' Town Cars. The black exterior with the deep red (burgundy) interior. Even took my driving test in one. The minute that the driving examiner saw the car I knew that I had passed. He got in and let out a long sigh and started asking about the car. My Old Man always had a Town Car in that black/burgundy colour combination for 'business meetings' that required the use of a back seat for passengers. No way that his full sized associates could fit in the back of a Mark IV or V. So I also have quite a bit of driving time behind the wheel of Town Cars. Just add in the 450 cid engine and the 'optional' continetal hump and I would love to have one of these in my driveway.
  • Art Vandelay 15k for some old rusty 80s junk that is slower to 60 than the Exxon Valdez? Pass. Plus no TikTok on the old Mercedes