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2017 Jeep Compass is a lot of SUV in a little package

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The Compass has been in production for the last 10 years, but has been completely redesigned for this year. The new Compass represents a dramatic improvement over the previous model in every way.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - If you get the dual-range AWD in the Trailhawk edition of the Compass, you'll get a 20:1 crawl ratio in low range and hill descent control. The basic Jeep Active Drive AWD in any trim level will get you through virtually all Pacific Northwest road conditions, however. There really is something special about a Jeep. Whether it's the ultimate rough-and-ready Wrangler line or the luxurious Grand Cherokee, you know that you're getting a vehicle that can take on just about any kind of terrain you want to cross. The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass gives you the best of both worlds, in an affordable compact SUV package.

The Compass has been in production for the last 10 years, but has been completely redesigned for this year. The new Compass represents a dramatic improvement over the previous model in every way. Starting with the exterior, the new model is boldly designed in the Jeep tradition, with a distinct family resemblance to the current Grand Cherokee. Whether you choose the off-road oriented Trailhawk edition or any of the different luxury trims, you're getting a great appearance package.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Compass is boldly designed in the Jeep tradition, with a distinct family resemblance to the current Grand Cherokee. There's only one engine in the new Compass, and it's the 2.4-liter Tigershark 4-cylinder common to many Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Fiat products. You get 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to satisfy most drivers. To complement the Tigershark, you can choose from three transmissions and your choice of front-wheel-drive or two distinct all-wheel-drive systems.

The Compass comes with with a 6-speed manual transmission in front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. Or you can have front-wheel-drive with a 6-speed automatic. If you want a 9-speed automatic, you can order the Compass with Jeep Active Drive single-range or dual-range AWD.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Jeep Compass is available with the latest Uconnect smart phone integration and navigation system. You can order a six-speed manual transmission, a six-speed automatic transmission, or a nine-speed automatic transmission.
On the road, the new Compass really shines. The ride is smooth and quiet, and the Compass offers more interior space than you expect from a compact SUV. There's plenty of room in the second row and you'll still get ample storage space in the back. Heated front seats and steering wheel are available, and you'll enjoy the latest Uconnect smart phone integration and navigation system.

The Compass also excels when you get off-road. If you get the dual-range AWD in the Trailhawk edition of the Compass, you'll get a 20:1 crawl ratio in low range and hill descent control. The basic Jeep Active Drive AWD in any trim level will get you through virtually all Pacific Northwest road conditions.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Heated front leather bucket seats are among the options that can raise the 2017 Jeep Compass to near-luxury levels.The new Compass comes in a basic Sport trim, the mid-grade Latitude edition, and the top Limited luxury model or the off-road Trailhawk edition. Pricing starts very affordably for the Sport model, and even if you check all the boxes, you can't spend more than about $33,000 on the top Limited trim. If you're one of the many people shopping for a compact SUV this year, the 2017 Jeep Compass should be at the top of your list.

2017 Jeep Compass

Base price: $22,090

Price as tested: $30,090

Type: Compact SUV

Engine: 2.4-liter 4-cylinder (180 hp, 175 lbs-ft)

Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 9-speed automatic

EPA estimated mileage: 23/32

Road noise: Very quiet

Overall length: 173 inches

Curb weight: 3,633 pounds

Final assembly: Toluca, Mexico