2020 Jeep Compass

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$22,105 - $31,900
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2020 Jeep Compass Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 7, 2020

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The 2020 Jeep Compass is an ‘all rounder SUV. Placed between the smaller Renegade and the larger Cherokee, the Jeep Compass comes in numerous trims with various features to choose from. With rugged yet stylish looks and both on-road and off-road capabilities, the Jeep Compass present a great portfolio.

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Pros

Ample space in the cabin despite of small body size

Brilliant infotainment system with easy to use functionality

Amazing off-road capabilities

Aggressive styling 

Cons

Power delivery is not up to the mark in the 4 cylinder engine

Not so responsive transmission

Limited cargo space 

Poorcrash test scores

What's New?

Minor feature tweeks


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22105

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

175 lbs.-ft. @ 3900 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

dimensions

wheelbase

103.8 in.

length

173 in.

width

73.8 in.

height

64.6 in.

curb weight

3184 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/32 mpg

ev range

310.5 mi.

highway range

432 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
 2020 Jeep Compass Exterior video
 2020 Jeep Compass Review video
 2020 Jeep Compass Interior video

Styles

 2020 Jeep Compass in Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat color  2020 Jeep Compass in Diamond Black Crystal Pearl Coat color  2020 Jeep Compass in Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat color  2020 Jeep Compass in Jazz Blue Pearlcoat color
Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.5

Interior

7.7

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Jeep Compass Sport

Sport

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$22,105 - $23,605


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $22,105 MSRP (23/26/32) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $23,605 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Latitude

Latitude

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$25,355


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Latitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,355 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $25,355 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Sun & Wheel

Sun & Wheel

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$26,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sun & Wheel 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,250 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Altitude

Altitude

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$26,775 - $28,275


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Altitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,775 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $28,275 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Limited

Limited

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$28,405 - $29,905


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,405 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $29,905 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Trailhawk

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$29,675


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $29,675 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass High Altitude

High Altitude

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$30,400 - $31,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
High Altitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,400 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
High Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $31,900 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


Priced between $23,590 and $31,440, the Jeep Compass compromises in terms of safety and a bit on performance. For the year 2020, the Jeep Compass is available in Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited editions. Jeep has added additional options for the Compass which include safety tech features for every trim including the base Sport model. Jeep is also provided an additional luxury seat package which makes the seats both heated and cooled front seats. 

2020 Jeep Compass SUV Front Seats
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Front Seats
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Rear Seats
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Rear Seats

8.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.7/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Jeep Compass Features

8.5/10

The picture you are in a valley, looking upon a hill. There is a car, crawling up the hill with gravel and stones making the crisp sound when crushing under its tires. Chances are, you imagined a red jeep with its wide tires and strength. Jeep has made its mark in the off-road segment for its performance capabilities divided among the various engine and trim levels. The 2020 Jeep Compass comes in 12 different trims with their own individual strengths and weaknesses. 

The cheapest Compass carries a price tag of about $25,090 while to own the costliest Compass, you need to fetch $31,440. 

Trims 

Price 

2020 Jeep Compass Upland Edition 4x4

$25,090

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

$30,940

2020 Jeep Compass Sports FWD

$23,590

2020 Jeep Compass Sports 4X4

$25,090

2020 Jeep Compass Limited FWD

$29,940

2020 Jeep Compass Limited 4X4

$31,440

2020 Jeep Compass Latitude FWD

$26,840

2020 Jeep Compass Latitude 4X4

$26,840

2020 Jeep Compass High Altitude FWD

$29,940

2020 Jeep Compass High Altitude4X4

$31,440

2020 Jeep Compass Altitude FWD

$26,840

2020 Jeep Compass Altitude 4X4

$26,840

We recommend

We understand if you are in a care facility and trying to put a finger on your favorite Compass, it could be a difficult task. To help you pick the best out of both off-roading adventure and highway cruising, we recommend the 2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4. 

Priced at $30,940, the Trailhawk is a live example of how an off-roader can be a perfect city SUV without excessive suspension jerks and with high-speed capabilities. 

2020 Jeep Compass Engine and Performance

Under the hood, the 2020 Jeep Compass is driven by a 2.4-liter I-4 engine which makes a total of 180 horsepower at 6400 rpm. The Trailhawk 4X4 makes total torque of 175 lb./ft. ‘Guts over Glory’ is what defines the Trailhawk with all its grandeur. A not so powerful engine but a more refined and tuned one for adventure driving is what trailhawk has won a medal for. While on the road too, the 2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk doesn't feel much underpowered and doesn't lack performance. 

2020 Jeep Compass SUV Engine Bay
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Has a 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas) Engine

Models

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

2020 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4dr 4x4 

MSRP

$30,940

$37,880

$27,795

Engine

2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

1.3-liter I-4 (premium)

Transmission

9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

6-speed automatic transmission

9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Horsepower

180 hp

245 hp

177 hp

Torque

175 lb./ft.

275 lb./ft.

200 lb./ft.

Acceleration 

With its 17X6.5 inches wheels, all four Pirelli summer tires are excited by the 2.4-litre I-4 engine and accelerate zero to sixty in under 10 seconds. 9.1 seconds to be precise. Quarter mile time of the 2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk stands at 17 seconds.

2020 Jeep Compass SUV Front View
2020 Jeep Compass SUV 0-60 MPH In just 9.1 sec

Models

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

2020 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4dr 4x4 

0-60 MPH

9.1 sec

7.4 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

15.8 sec

17 sec

Engine

2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

1.3-liter I-4 (premium)

Emission (g/km of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling

Don’t be fooled by its bulky body, the 2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is a ninja born out of sheer legacy. With its 4X4 capabilities, Trailhawk is an all-rounder SUV in true sense. Tarmac or non-tarmac, Compass has never said no to a challenge. Adjust its 8-way adjustable seats and a well balanced and perfectly weight steering wheel welcomes you for a comfortable ride ahead. 

2020 Jeep Compass SUV Front View
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Front View

2.4-liter I4 engine matted with a 9-speed automatic transmission supplies enough power and torque to the power train. 

Make the first turn on your morning commute and you will be surprised with its turning capabilities. No understeer or fear of stalling or toppling over the fence. The 2020 Trailhawk is down to earth in true sense. 

Braking

The middle pedal under your foot is crisp and trust us when we say this, the 2020 Trailhawk is an SUV like no other. One of the reasons why it's considered one of the best in the market is due to its off-roading capabilities while maintaining a great road presence. The 12-inch front brake rotors and 11 inch rear ones keep the SUV balanced and grounded. Although when tested on the track, the Compass Trailhawk stopped at around 140 ft. mark when bought to zero from sixty miles per hour which is slightly underpowered when compared with other competitors in the segment. 

2020 Jeep Compass SUV Brakes
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Front Brake is 12 in.

Models

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

2020 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4dr 4x4 

Brake Front (in.)

12

12.8

12

Brake Rear (in.)

11

12

11

Curb Weight

3633

3755

3532

60-0 mph 

140 ft.

123 ft.

133 ft.

2020 Jeep Compass Fuel Economy

Built for on-road performance and designed for the off-road, the 2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk can drive you for about 22 miles in one gallon of gas. That’s pretty much equal to any mid-range sedan in the market. It produces a highway fuel economy of about 30miles per gallon and a combined fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon.

Perfectly built gear ratios and a fine-tuned engine further complements the performance of the Trailhawk. 

Model

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

2020 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4dr 4x4 

MPG (City) m/g

22

21

22

MPG (Combined) m/g

25

23

24

MPG (Highway) m/g

30

27

27

 

2020 Jeep Compass Interior

7.7/10

Step into this all-new Compass SUV and the interiors are sure to impress you. Comfortable, functional, and enough spacious for four people, the 2020 Trailhawk presents a stylish dash in its cabin. Materials used are not of the mark but definitely do their job in the best way possible. For the price Jeep is offering the Compass Trailhawk,this SUV is more than capable. Hop on the rear seats and you will feel the abundance of space instantly. Although, it's not the biggest seat available in the market when compared in the same segment it is spacious and has enough legroom. It is definitely not a luxury SUV but has enough knick and knacks to keep you comfortable for long drives.

Seating and Comfort

Roomy interiors and enough legroom make the 2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk a definite long road commuter. 5 adult passengers can easily travel across the US in the Trailhawk and guess what, it also has one of the best fuel economies on the freeways. When admired from the front, the Trailhawk looks a bit boxy but this design helps make the cabin roomy which adds to its comfort.

2020 Jeep Compass SUV Front Seats
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Front Seats

Specially designed padded seats with side bolster also add to its comfort. 

Model

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

2020 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4dr 4x4 

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (in.) Headroom

39.2

39.9

41.1

Front (in.) Shoulder room

56.7

56

55.9

Front (in.) Legroom

41.8

43.1

41.2

Rear (in.) Headroom

38.5

39

40.5

Rear (in.) Shoulder room

55.1

55.3

55.1

Rear (in.) Legroom

38.3

37.3

35.1

Infotainment

  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Primary monitor touchscreen
  • 2 1st row LCD monitor
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Smart device integration
  • 6 speakers/ 9 Alpine speakers
  • Real-time weather display

Cargo Capacity

Despite its boxy stance, the 2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk doesn't provide the best cargo space in the segment. Jeep has provided the compass with cargo space, enough to carry airport luggage and bags for a short road trip. With the seats down, the Trailhawk can carry only up to 17 standard size suitcases.

2020 Jeep Compass SUV Cargo Space
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Cargo Space is 60 cu ft.

Although, you can install roof rails and a luggage carrier on the top for enhanced cargo capacity.

Model

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

2020 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4dr 4x4 

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

60

65.4

50

Interior Features

  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Driver manual folding mirror
  • Rearview mirror memory
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Air filter
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Illuminated auxiliary driver and passenger-side visor mirrors
  • Full floor console
  • Navigation system with voice activation
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Retained accessory power
  • 2 12V DC power outlets
  • Proximity key
  • Overhead console
  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Console ducts
  • Heated steering wheel with telescoping functionality
  • Driver's footrest
  • Voice recorder
  • Remote engine start
  • Illuminated glove box
  • 8-way power driver seat
  • Rear seat fold-forward seatback
  • Driver and passenger heated-cushions
  • Manual reclining driver seat
  • Leather/metal-look shift knob
  • 6-way driver and passenger seat adjustments
  • Front center armrest
  • Cloth/leather front and rear seat upholstery
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Chrome interior accents
  • Rear bench seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Interior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Interior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Interior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Interior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Interior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Interior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Interior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Interior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Interior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Interior

2020 Jeep Compass Exterior

Jeep has followed a definitive styling line all through the generations. Some key elements, the 2020 Compass Trailhawk represent include rugged and off-road touches, some chrome claddings and a boxy yet versatile exterior stance. The 2020 Compass Trailhawk comes with wider headlights, sleek lines with rounded corners, and relatively staid exteriors. 

Dimension and Weight

Wider wheelbase and higher ground clearance make the 2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk a perfect off-roader. The dimensions of the Trailhawk are smartly designed to give it a luxury stance on the exterior while keeping it comfortable from the inside. Added off-roading rugged add-ons further enhance its skills to perform. 

2020 Jeep Compass SUV Three Quarter View
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Three Quarter View

The SUV weighs almost equal to its competitors in the segment while its length and width vary by a few inches. 

Model

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

2020 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr All-wheel Drive

2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4dr 4x4 

Curb weight (lbs.)

3633

3755

3532

Length(in)

173.14

180.5

166.6

Width(in)

73.8

75

74.2

Height(in)

64.8

66.3

66.5

Ground clearance (mm)

8.5

7.9

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

103.8

105.9

101.2

Track width (in) F/R

60.7/60.3

61.5/61.6

60.6/60.6

Exterior Features

  • Fully galvanized steel body material
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers with black rub strip
  • Colored bodyside cladding
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Class III trailering with hitch and harness
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Paint with two-tone
  • Bodyside cladding
  • Power remote heated manual folding side-view door mirrors with turn signal indicator
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Power liftgate
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Exterior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Exterior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Exterior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Exterior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Exterior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Exterior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Exterior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Exterior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Exterior
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Exterior

2020 Jeep Compass Safety

Safety Features

  • Front ventilated disc brakes
  • 3 point rear center seatbelt
  • Curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • Panic alarm
  • Traction control
  • Brake assist
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Occupant sensing airbags
  • 4 ABS channels
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • Electronic stability stability control with anti-roll
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Side-impact bars
  • Forward Collision Warning-Plus forward collision mitigation
  • Seat-mounted driver and passenger side-impact airbags
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights

2020 Jeep Compass Competition

2020 Ford Escape Titanium 4dr All wheel drive

Park the two batch holders one along with the other and you will notice some stark differences in the styling. While jeep focuses on making the Compass look a bit rugged for the Trailhawk trim, Ford focuses on making the Escape look plush and luxurious. On the pricing scale, the 2020 Ford Escape is about 7 thousand dollars costlier than the Compass Trailhawk. It also produces much louder power specs than the Compass both in terms of horsepower and torque. 

2020 Ford Escape Titanium
2020 Ford Escape Titanium 

What it lacks its adaptive suspension system and a 4X4 capability which makes the Compass Trailhawk, off-road worthy. If you are in the market for an all-rounder SUV with capabilities to keep you surrounded with enough space and comfort with off-road capabilities, go for the Trailhawk while Escape from the house of Ford is a more power-oriented decision. 

2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4dr 4X4

Two brothers from the same mother, the 2020 Renegade Trailhawk share a lot of similarities from the 2020 Compass Trailhawk. The styling on both these SUVs is definitely different when admired from the front or while in the cabin. What they follow are off-road capabilities. Although the Renegade Trailhawk comes with front-wheel drive while an all-wheel-drive option is available, it lacks 4X4 capabilities. What Renegade also lacks is the on-road performance which is crucial for an SUV in this segment. You can count on it for mountainous driving but a stretch on the freeway can make you feel a major under power attack. 

2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

The Renegade is about 3 thousand dollars cheaper than the Compass Trailhawk but also produces less horsepower. Although it produces more torque than the Compass. 

2020 Jeep Compass Final Verdict

All in all, if you live in an outback in Oklahoma or you commute daily between the big apple, Jeep does have some amazing offerings with great styling and comfort. Pricing is brilliant for the kind of performance you can expect while keeping fuel economies at perfect figures.