2020 Jeep Compass

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2020 Jeep Compass Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 24, 2020
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Amratya Nigam

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Introduced in 2006, the Jeep Compass is just a down-scaled version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee that brings the luxury of a capable off-roader to a friendly price bracket. Just like its elder sibling, this SUV also seats five people comfortably with loads of room all around the cabin. The Compass bridges the gap between the much smaller Jeep Renegade and the Jeep Cherokee thus ensuring the availability of a hardcore off-roader in every price bracket.

2020 jeep compass in gray color black roof
A budget-friendly and a potent off-roader - The 2020 Jeep Compass 

The 2020 iteration of the Compass isn't much different from its predecessor as it has just received minor tweaks. Though aged, it still looks better and brawnier than most of its rivals. The feature-list may not be the highlight of this Jeep, but peek underneath its skin and you'll be welcomed by hardcore off-road equipment that no other SUV in the segment offers. With bits of compromises here and there, is the Jeep Compass made for you? Let's find out.

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Pros

Ample space in the cabin despite small exterior dimensions

User-friendly infotainment system

Impressive off-road capabilities

Aggressive styling 

Cons

Sluggish power delivery by the 4 cylinder engine

Lazy Automatic transmission

Sub-par cargo space 

What's New?

Minor revision in the feature-list


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 Sun & Wheel Package

Sun & Wheel Package

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

$16,765


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sun and Wheel 4dr SUV w/Prod. End 2/20 (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $16,765 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Sport

Sport

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

$22,280 - $25,280


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $23,780 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual four wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $25,280 MSRP (17/19/24) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, gasoline
9-Speed Automatic four wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $23,780 MSRP (17/19/24) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, gasoline
6-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $22,280 MSRP (23/26/32) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Latitude

Latitude

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

$25,625 - $27,125


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Latitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,625 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $25,625 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual four wheel drive 5
Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $27,125 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, Gasoline
9-Speed Automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Altitude

Altitude

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

$27,290 - $28,790


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Altitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,290 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $28,790 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass Sun & Safety

Sun & Safety

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

$27,320 - $28,820


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sun and Safety 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,320 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Sun and Safety 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $28,820 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Compass North Edition

North Edition

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

$27,975


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
North Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $27,975 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, 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

$28,875 - $30,375


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,875 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $30,375 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, 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

$29,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $29,850 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, 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

$31,145 - $32,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
High Altitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $31,145 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
High Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $32,645 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


The 2020 Jeep Compass is an avid freeway cruiser that isn't capable of challenging the cars overtaking you. However, challenge them to get out of the road, into the jungle, and your Compass will kick the ball out of the park one after the other. Meant for hardcore utilitarian purposes, the Compass isn't studded with gems or lined with gold around it. It is a looker, sure, but it's not like you can point it out in a crowd. 

With the prices starting just above the $22k mark for the base variant of the Jeep Compass, it needs to prove itself to some other capable contenders in the segment such as Ford Escape and the most reliable offering here - Toyota RAV4. Can the Jeep Compass outclass them all? Let's move ahead to find out.

2020 Jeep Compass Front Angled View
2020 Jeep Compass Rear Angled View

8.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.7/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Jeep Compass Features

8.5/10

Where most of the manufacturers try to stuff as many features as possible in just a handful number of trims, the folks at Jeep follow a different ideology altogether. The Jeep Compass has been segregated in 6 different trim levels. The price for the base trim of the Compass - "Sport FWD" starts at $22,100 and the rest five of them are stuffed somewhere around the $30k mark itself. Adding more to the flexibility of the consumer, you can get any trim of your choice equipped with either FWD (Front-wheel-drive) or a 4X4 setup as well. Ofcourse, the 4X4 setup will ask for an extra $1,500 as compared to the FWD setup. 

The 2020 Compass in its Traihawk avatar

However, the "Latitude" and "Altitude" trims can be had with either of the aforementioned setups with no change in their MSRP. Also, the Trailhawk trim, being a legendary offroad icon, cannot be had in an FWD setup for pretty obvious reasons. Moreover, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk comes equipped with a different 4X4 setup (with LSD) underneath that isn't anything like the other 4X4 Compass models. Apart from these 6 trims, Jeep has also prepared a special Compass for people living in the cold states.

Meant for the Cold States - the 2020 Jeep Compass North Edition ​​​​​

Going by the name "NORTH EDITION", this iteration of the Compass comes equipped with extra abilities to tackle the inconvenience caused by snowy areas. It offers high profile winter tires and tow hooks as standard. More features such as Heated Seats, Heated Steering Wheel and all-weather floor-mats come bundled as standard with this trim. Now that's really very thoughtful of Jeep.

Trims 

Sport 

Latitude Altitude Limited Trailhawk High Altitude
MSRP (FWD) $22,105 $25,355 $26,775 $28,405 - $30,400
MSRP (4WD) $23,605 $25,355 $26,775 $29,905 $29,675 $31,900
Key Features Dual-zone automatic climate control Adds on top of Sport: Adds on top of Latitude: Adds on top of Altitude: Adds on top of Limited: Adds on top of Trailhawk:
  16-Inch x 6.5-Inch Styled Black Steel Wheels 17-Inch x 7.0-Inch Silver-Painted Aluminum Wheels 18-Inch x 7.0-Inch Black Aluminum Wheels 18-Inch x 7.0-Inch Polished / Gray Pockets Alum Wheels

17-Inch wheels with all-season tires

19-Inch x 7.5-Inch Satin Granite Aluminum Wheels
  Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats Premium Cloth and Vinyl Bucket Seats Premium Cloth and Vinyl Bucket Seats 6-Way Adjustable Manual Driver and Passenger Seats Premium Cloth / Leather-Trim Bucket Seats Heated Front Seats
  Hill Start Assist ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera Keyless Entry with Immobilizer ParkSense Rear Park-Assist System Hill Descent Control Blind-Spot and Cross-Path Detection
  Black Grille with Chrome Rings Body-colored door handles and roof Black Grille with Black Rings Bright Chrome Exterior Accents Black Grille with Neutral Gray Rings Bright Day Light Opening Moldings on Windows
  7.0-Inch Touch Screen Display Cluster 3.5-Inch B/W Driver Information Display Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Cluster 7.0-Inch Color Driver Information Display 8.4-Inch Touchscreen Display GPS Navigation with integrated Voice Command System

Which Compass should you pick?

The Altitude trim makes a good value for your investment as it opens up the compatibility for many optional packages that Jeep provides. Apart from that, there are a plethora of features offered as standard and you'd feel content with the poise ride quality offered by the 18-inch wheels. Oh, and do not forget to check the 4X4 option as what is a Jeep with no 4X4?  

However, if you are willing to spend more time around the rocky trails as opposed to the Uban Jungle, there's nothing better than the legendary Trailhawk trim. It brings some stupendous mechanicals along with it that can challenge many hardcore offroading rival SUVs.

2020 Jeep Compass Engine and Performance

Under the hood, the 2020 Jeep Compass is driven by a 2.4-liter, naturally aspirated, inline-4 engine that makes 180 HP of power at 6400 rpm. With a total torque of just 175 lb-ft., the Jeep Compass's heft further makes it a tortoise off the line. The Trailhawk's better 4X4 setup certainly improves the delivery of all that torque, but it is better suited for off-roading only.

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

Either a 6-speed manual (only for Sport and Latitude) or a 9-speed torque-converted Automatic transmission translates the power to Compass's wheels. Depending on the trim and setup you choose, you get to decide whether the gearbox talks to just the front-wheels (FWD) or all four of them (AWD). Talking about long rides, you may not be happy with this engine as it takes quite a while before triple-digit speeds start to come in sight. For city purposes though, the Compass's motor is a gullible companion doing exactly what you want it to do.

Models

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

2020 Ford Escape Titanium (AWD)

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE (AWD)

MSRP

$29,675

$37,880

$27,250

Engine

2.4L Regular Gas Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Drivetrain 4WD AWD AWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

6-speed automatic transmission

8-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

180@6,400

245@6,000

203@6,600

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

175@3,900

275@3,000

184@5,000

We really liked the Toyota RAV4's motor as it is timid in response and gets off the line pretty quickly. The Jeep's heft takes away that excitement when on the paved roads. The Ford Escape might be the most powerful one here but its high-revving nature can get on your nerves at times.  

How fast is the Jeep Compass from 0-60 MPH?

On flat-footing the accelerator, the Compass's 2.4L motor excites the SUV from 0-60 MPH in under 10 seconds. 9.1 seconds to be precise. Quarter mile time of the 2020 Jeep Compass stands at 17 seconds which is also not a very clap-worthy performance.

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

There's a bit of delay of response from the 9-speed torque converter and the Compass's motor isn't very friendly to it either. If you accidentally happen to flat-foot the Compass's accelerator, do not worry, it won't really jump off the line. Add that to the "sedated" gearbox and all you have is a city cruiser that can just manage to take you from point A to B in a not-so-hurried way. It would be a comfy ride though. 

Models

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

2020 Ford Escape Titanium (AWD)

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE (AWD)

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.1 

7.4 

9.1 

Quarter Mile (sec)

17 

15.8 

N/A

Top Speed (MPH) N/A 130 130

Engine

2.4L Regular Gas Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

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

N/A

N/A

5.0

Somehow, the Toyota RAV4's engine might feel a bit more punchier, it still takes the same time as the Compass does. The Escape's responsive nature takes it to the 60 MPH mark the quickest in this comparison.  

What about the Jeep Compass's Ride and Handling?

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

2020 Jeep Compass SUV Front View

Make the first turn on your morning commute and you will be surprised with the Compass's turning capabilities. No understeer or fear of stalling or toppling over the fence. The 2020 Compass is down to earth in true sense. Ofcourse, we are talking by the segment standards. The Ford Escape is one of the exceptions that even surpasses the Compass's sure-footedness to offer a much more engaging drive.

How quickly does the Compass brake from 60-0 MPH?

When tested, the Jeep Compass came to a perfect halt from 60-0 MPH in 140ft. which, yet again, is not a very impressive number. However, the Compass's 12-inch front brake rotors and 11-inch rear ones keep the SUV balanced and grounded. There is a considerable nose-dive though, which might scare you off at times under hard braking applications. Nevertheless, the perfectly tuned suspension setup certainly improves the whole braking experience.

2020 Jeep Compass SUV Front Brake is 12 in.

The Jeep's brake pedal feels crisp and trust us when we say this, the 2020 Compass 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 and we all know how important the braking factor is for that to happen.

Models

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

2020 Ford Escape Titanium (AWD)

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE (AWD)

Brake Rotors Front (in)

12

12.8

12.0

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

11

12

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

3633

3755

3475

60-0 MPH (ft)

140 

123 

131

The Ford Escape has cleared the performance front with the best results in this comparison. Certainly, it uplifts its reputation here too, by covering the smallest stretch of tarmac to come to a halt. The big and bulky Jeep might behave well when the brakes are applied, but it seems like an illusion as it needs quite a big patch to stop. 

Also Read:

What makes the Trailhawk Trim so special?

Should you consider the Toyota RAV4 over the Jeep Compass?

2020 Jeep Compass Fuel Economy

The 2020 Jeep Compass can churn out 22 MPG within the city limits and 30 MPG when you hit the freeways. That’s pretty much equal to any mid-range sedan in the market. It produces a combined fuel economy of 25 MPG which is a pretty respectable number for a 2.4L motor. Perfectly built gear ratios and a fine-tuned engine further complement the performance of the Compass. 

Model

2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

2020 Ford Escape Titanium (AWD)

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE (AWD)

MPG (City)

22

21

26

MPG (Highway)

30

27

35

MPG (Combined)

25

23

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 13.5 14.7 14.0
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 297/405/337

396/ 485/338

378/448/420

The Ford Escape's high-revving motor works against its favors here. Also, it is the only turbocharged rivals in talks here which further magnifies this the fuel-guzzling nature. The Toyota RAV4 shines the brightest in this comparison thanks to its eco-friendly 8-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Jeep Compass Interior

7.7/10

Step into this SUV and the Compass's interiors are sure to impress you. Comfortable, functional, and enough spacious for five people, the 2020 Compass presents a stylish dash in its cabin. Materials used are not up to the mark but definitely get the job done. For the price Jeep is offering the Compass, 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.

How comfortable is the Jeep Compass on the inside?

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

The Dual-Tone theme of the seats on 2020 Compass's top trims look appealing

Specially designed padded seats with side bolster further accentuate the seating experience. The rear bench has, one of the best in the segment, amount of passenger volume. Three people can, relatively, be comfortable and can spend a few hours comfortably. Ofcourse, the Compass's impressive ride quality also plays its part. That said, the cushioning of the bench could have been a little softer as the stiff setting could get bad for people with spinal issues.

Model 2020 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4 2020 Ford Escape Titanium (AWD) 2020 Toyota RAV4 LE (AWD)
Seating Capacity 5 5 5
Front Row (head/shoulder/leg) (in) 39.2/56.7/41.8 39.9/56/43.1 39.5/57.8/41
Rear Row (head/shoulder/leg) (in) 38.5/55.1/38.3 39/55.3/37.3 39.5/56.4/37.8

The Toyota RAV4's smart design steals the cake away. It's low hood-line and a high roof-line, together, enable an airy cabin and also the most spacious of the lot. It is the exact opposite case with the Jeep Compass where the hood is pretty high up and the low-set roof eats up some space. Nevertheless, the Ford Escape feels a bit more spacious at the front, but it is the most cramped at the back in this comparison.

What to expect from the Jeep Compass's Infotainment system?

In case you pick either of the Sport or Latitude trims, your Compass will welcome you via a 7.0-inch, touchscreen, UConnect Multimedia display that is the central administrator of the entertainment front. Moving to the top trims will upgrade this infotainment to a bigger, better, and prettier, 8.4-inch UConnect Multimedia touchscreen display that offers a crisp picture quality.

The Compass's 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment offers Apple CarPlay as well

The 7.0-inch infotainment is borrowed from the Renegade and doesn't match with the Compass's personality. The bigger 8.4-inch unit, on the other hand, is the real deal and feels much more interesting to interact with. The latter display features lag-less transitions between the menus and inspire you to spend more time with it. The Renegade-borrowed 7.0-inch display is otherwise, there is a considerable lag and you would need more than just a slight nudge on the touchscreen to interact with it. That said, few key features pertaining to the infotainment system of the Compass are:

  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Smart device integration
  • Voice assisted GPS navigation
  • 6 speakers/ 9 Alpine speakers
  • Real-time weather display

How much Cargo can the Jeep Compass carry?

Let's talk numbers first. The 2020 Jeep Compass is a capable utilitarian in all senses but loses out here with just a mere 27.2 cu.ft behind the second row. Folding the 60-40 manually-foldable rear row down will expand this space to 59.8 cu.ft which is, yet again, an average number, if not worse. On the bright side, the Compass's tailgate lifts pretty high without having you to bend down in order to load luggage. There's only a little elevation at the boot-lip, so you can slide your luggage comfortably on the loading bay. 

2020 Jeep Compass SUV Cargo Space is 60 cu ft.

Despite its boxy stance, the Compass 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. Even with the seats down, the SUV can carry only up to 17 standard size suitcases which is not an impressive feat. 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 (AWD)

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE (AWD) 

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

27.2

34.4

37.5

Cargo Capacity (with rear seat folded) (ft3)

59.8 60.8 69.7

The Jeep loses out to everyone here. Infact, the Ford Escape, which looks even smaller than the Jeep, offers more space than the latter. There's no challenging the smartly built Toyota RAV4 as it just blows everybody away with the best cargo capacity in the segment, thanks to its low-slung window-line and a higher roof-line.

What are the interior highlights of the Jeep Compass?

When you go for an SUV in a price bracket where even the sedans pack only a limited amount of features, you wouldn't be too optimistic from its feature-list. Thankfully, that's not the case with the 2020 Jeep Compass. It brings a host of unique interior characteristics that help in improving the comfort and utility factor of the cabin. Some of the key features that really caught our eye are:

  • Day-night rearview mirror memory settings
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • In-cabin Air filter
  • Illuminated auxiliary driver and passenger-side visor mirrors
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Heated steering wheel with telescopic adjustability
  • 8-way power driver seat
  • Driver and passenger heated seats
  • 6-way manual passenger seat adjustments
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support

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How does the Toyota RAV4's interior stack up against the Jeep Compass?

Should you consider the Chevrolet Equinox over the Compass?

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2020 Jeep Compass Exterior

Jeep has followed a definitive styling line all through the generations of the Compass. Some key elements of the 2020 Compass include rugged and off-road touches, some chrome claddings and a boxy yet versatile exterior stance. The 2020 Compass comes finished with wide headlights stretching to the fenders, sleek lines with rounded corners, and relatively staid exteriors. The squared-off wheel arches perfectly imitate its elder sibling- the Jeep Grand Cherokee., and further add to the brawny presence of this SUV.

2020 Jeep Compass SUV Three Quarter View

Wider wheelbase and higher ground clearance make the 2020 Jeep Compass a perfect off-roader. This factor not only adds to the commanding stance of the SUV but further enhances the Compass's performance scorecard as well. The dimensions of this SUV are smartly designed to give it a luxurious stance on the outside while keeping the Compass comfortable from the inside. 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 (AWD)

2020 Toyota RAV4 LE (AWD)

Curb Weight (lbs)

3633

3755

3475

Length (in)

173.14

180.5

180.9

Width (in)

73.8

75

73.0

Height (in)

64.8

66.3

67.0

Ground Clearance (in)

8.5

7.9

8.4

Wheelbase (in)

103.8

105.9

105.9

Since this is the top variant of the Ford Escape in the discussion here, it tips the scales way more than the rest of the competitors as far as the curb weight is concerned. This variant of the Escape brings along a host of features that increase its weight and make it look bad in this picture. However, it's not the case here. The Escape looks pretty conservative as opposed to the Jeep and even when compared with the Toyota RAV4.

What features on the outside will draw your attention towards the Jeep Compass?

The Jeep Compass isn't very flashy in its looks and doesn't flaunt any extraordinary jewelry or a crown on top of its head. It took birth to be a daily-driven family companion with all the characteristics screaming utility here and there. Treading on these lines, the 2020 Jeep Compass brings along a plethora of useful features, not just on the inside, but some on the outside as well. The best out of these features that we were impressed with are: 

  • 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 kit 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 Front Headlight
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Front Headlight
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Rear Headlight
2020 Jeep Compass SUV Rear Headlight

2020 Jeep Compass Safety

Apart from the performance front, this another department where anxiety hits the Jeep Compass. Yes, it has been well-put-together and there is no rattling of the plastics or whatsoever, however, it isn't the strongest out of the lot.

2020 Jeep Compass Body Structure

Even the NHTSA's award for the Compass with four stars narrate the same story. Nevertheless, the folks at Jeep have been considerate enough to stuff the 2020 Jeep Compass with some benchmark features that are mostly offered as standard across the family. Some of the most impressive safety features bundled up within the Compass are:

  • All-wheel disc brakes with 4-channel ABS
  • Driveline Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Brake assist with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) 
  • Occupant sensing airbags
  • Electronic stability control with anti-roll (ESC)
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Side-impact bars
  • Forward Collision Warning-Plus forward collision mitigation

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2020 Jeep Compass Competition

2020 Jeep Compass vs. Ford Escape

Park the two batch holders side by side and you will notice some stark differences in the styling. While jeep focuses on making the Compass look a bit rugged, Ford focuses on making the Escape look sleek, plush, and luxurious. On the pricing scale, the 2020 Ford Escape is about $7k costlier than the Compass.

2020 Ford Escape

It also produces much louder power specs than the Compass both in terms of horsepower and torque. So if you do not mind the Ford's premium over the Compass and are not really an off-road enthusiast, we'd say you pick the Ford Escape by all means.

2020 Jeep Compass vs. Toyota RAV4 

These two are the most talked-about off-roaders of the segment that lock horns with each other as soon as the Compact SUVs come into the discussion. Where the Toyota RAV4 looks more like a Tarzan - the character, the Jeep Compass looks like an executive suited up with some finely tailored ornaments. Well, the beauty might lie in the beholder's eyes but the Compass makes its point with some outstanding off-roading tricks up its sleeve. It also feels a bit more planted and poised on the roads. But that's about it!

2020 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 comes back into the argument with some of the best fitments inside and offering an airy cabin as well. It is also a better-built vehicle that is reliable enough to be lent to your son once he graduates. Its fuel economy is also the best in the segment. Hence, the Toyota's slight premium over the Compass certainly makes a sensible deal.

2020 Jeep Compass Final Verdict

All in all, 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 economy at check. We'd say you plant a firm foot on the 2020 Jeep Compass if you are in the market for a daily-driver with amazing ride quality and plush interiors.

2020 Jeep Compass FAQs

What is the towing capacity of Jeep Compass?

The Jeep Compass is rated to safely tow a 1000 lb. trailer load.

Does the Jeep Compass have UConnect?

Yes, all trims of the Jeep Compass get a UConnect UAM infotainment system. 

Does the Jeep Compass have a sunroof?

The 2020 Jeep Compass offers an available Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof. 

Does the Jeep Compass have a third-row?

No, the Jeep Compass is a two-row SUV that offers a seating capacity of 5. 

Is the Jeep Compass Trailhawk available only with 4WD drivetrain?

Yes, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the most off-road ready variant of the Compass, and thus, is only available with a 4WD drivetrain. 

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2020 Jeep Compass Overall Reviews


Darrell B. Simon

Darrell B. Simon 2020 Jeep Compass Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

7
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User Overall Rating

Drives pocket friendly but lacks a few features which should have been standard.

Overall Review -

7
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Overview Rating

It's a Compass and Jeep needs to treat it like one. Doesn't matter which trim

6/10

Features

6/10

Interior

6/10

Design

6/10

Safety

6/10

Reliability

6/10

Deal Value

5/10

Dealer Review


Garcia

Garcia 2020 Jeep Compass Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 6M)

9
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User Overall Rating

Connection while driving our new Compass

Overall Review -

9
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Overview Rating

Compass has everything I wanted for a perfect daily ride.

9/10

Features

9/10

Interior

9/10

Design

9/10

Safety

9/10

Reliability

9/10

Deal Value

10/10

Dealer Review


James E. Wilson

James E. Wilson 2020 Jeep Compass Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A)

9
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User Overall Rating

Attention to detail is missing

Overall Review -

9
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Overview Rating

Compass is one of the best Crossovers however Sports trim isn't. They have kept all the precise detailing and good things for higher trims.

9/10

Features

9/10

Interior

9/10

Design

9/10

Safety

9/10

Reliability

9/10

Deal Value

10/10

Dealer Review

Top User Reviews


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User Overall Rating

"Drives pocket friendly but lacks a few features which should have been standard."

It's most important for any vehicle to drive pocket friendly and have enough power on the wheels to make a driver cherish every drive. There are so many car makes out there who seem to have forgotten this so called golden rule, Compass on the other hand stands still for efficiency. Perfect balance between power and efficiency is what makes different than the rest of Crossovers or in general cars f...
by Darrell B. Simon

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User Overall Rating

"Connection while driving our new Compass"

While manual transmission are a thing of past, a lot of us still fancy them and this is what Jeep understands. Not dumping the manual transmission completely and having a few trims is what needs to be appreciated.
by Garcia

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User Overall Rating

"Attention to detail is missing"

Launches perfectly especially when trying to dash after stopping at a red signal. The exhaust note also compliments this virtual drag and roars just like I would have wanted. Coming back to the main aspect of Jeeps which is offroading, although I never went for any serious offroading, I'm quite sure it won't disappoint me at all.
by James E. Wilson

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"2020 Compass Trailhawk"

My second one from Jeep and I can actually experience Jeep getting better with time first hand. Not sure about other trims but Trailhawk drives so smooth and robust at the same time. Suspension quality is amazing and absorbs all the bumps. Gas response is equally precise and packs a good tire to throttle connection.
by Kent L. Olsen

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User Overall Rating

"Compass is all about its interiors"

Drives good and has a good gas mileage as well. Rear visibility is limited due to three headrests in second row I feel. I'm sure Jeep has had their own reasons to do whatever they have done with Compass and I'm not here to complain about anything as such.
by Ricardo C. Chase