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2021 Jeep Compass Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 22, 2020

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The 2021 Jeep Compass now comes with upgrades in the safety and driver assistance features all across the board. Offered in a choice of 6 trims, Sport, Latitude, Altitude, 80th Anniversary, Limited, and Trailhawk, there is a Compass for every reason. The prices start from $23,895 with the Sport trim and go all the way up to $31,040 with the Trailhawk trim. Among the upgrades planned, the Limited and Trailhawk trim get significant upgrades in driver assistance features while the 80th Anniversary trim gets special cosmetic upgrades as well. The 2021 Compass employs a 2.4L naturally aspirated engine that furnishes you with a choice in 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain options across the lineup.

2021 Jeep Compass
The 2021 Jeep Compass gets a lot of safety and driver assistance upgrades

The interiors get a significant upgrade too as you get premium cloth upholstery, soft-touch surfaces in the cabin, and even adorn a dual-tone outlook in the Trailhawk trim. The Jeep Compass has been one of the frontrunners for the brand having been sold in huge numbers since the launch of the second generation. Despite its winning streak, the 2021 Jeep Compass has no shortage of competitors as it faces stiff competition from the Subaru Forester, the Toyota RAV4, and the Hyundai Tucson, all of which have their own unique point of view to the segment. While the 2021 model year moves on with feature upgrades, the brand is already working on a facelift for the 2022 model year for the Compass as a mid-cycle refresh.

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Pros

Powerful turbocharged engine

Spacious interior

Highly off-road capable Trailhawk variant

Cons

Low fuel economy

Limited cargo space

What's New?

New powertrain

Minor cosmetic upgrades


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Features

vehicle bio

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

2.4L

horsepower

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

175 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Strut Construction

suspension rear

Strut Construction

brake rotors (f/r)

4-wheel ABS 12-inch rotors

dimensions

wheelbase

103.8 in.

length

173 in.

width

73.8 in.

height

64.6 in.

curb weight

3184 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100 cu ft.

cargo volume

27.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

29.3 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

9.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.1 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

184 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/30/25 mpg

highway range

405 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yrs/36,000 miles

powertrain warranty

5 yrs/60,000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 yrs/100,000 miles

roadside assistance

5yr


Pictures & Videos

Videos
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Styles

2021 Jeep Compass in China Grey color
China Grey

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Maintenance, Reliability And Warranty

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

7.7

Exterior

6.9

Safety

7.1

Competition

6.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 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/) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

2021 Jeep Compass Sport

Sport

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

$22,280 - $25,280


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $22,280 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Manual front wheel drive 5
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 (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $23,780 MSRP (22/25/31) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $25,280 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
9-speed Automatic four wheel drive 5

2021 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, Regular unleaded
9-speed Automatic four wheel drive 5

2021 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 Automatic four wheel drive 5

2021 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/) 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/) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
9-speed Automatic four wheel drive 5

2021 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/) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
9-speed Automatic four wheel drive 5

2021 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 Automatic four wheel drive 5

2021 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 Automatic four wheel drive 5

2021 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/) 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/) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
9-speed Automatic four wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.0

Overall Rating


The 2021 Jeep Compass carries forward into the new year in a choice of 6 trims that start at $23,915 and go all the way up to $31,060. All the trims are powered by a 2.4L turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque, it is an off-roading capable daily driver. Depending on the drivetrain option you pick between 4x2 and 4x4, the transmission changes between a 6-speed automatic and 9-speed automatic respectively. 

The Sport trim kicks things off at an MSRP of $23,915, followed by the slightly upgraded Latitude trim with a sticker price of $26,160. The Altitude trim and the 80th Anniversary trim are the newest additions to the trim lineup with a window price of $27,850 and $28,215 respectively. The coveted Limited trim carries an MSRP of $29,560 and the Trailhawk trim serves as the flagship offering with a full-time 4x4 as standard and an equal flagship price tag of $31,060. With its penchant for being an adventurer, the 2021 Jeep Compass faces competition from the Toyota RAV4, the Hyundai Tucson, and the Subaru Forester.

2021 Jeep Compass SUV Front View
2021 Jeep Compass SUV Rear View

7.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

7.7/10
Interior

6.9/10
Exterior

7.1/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2021 Jeep Compass Features

7.5/10

The 2021 Jeep Compass will reach the dealerships in a total of 6 trims, namely - Sport, Latitude, Altitude, 80th Anniversary, Limited, and Trailhawk. The latest addition to the trim lineup is the celebratory 80th Anniversary trim which offers a taste of the finer things at an MSRP of $28,215. All of the trims are powered by the same 2.4L powertrain along with a choice in drivetrain between 4x2 and 4x4. The price range starts at $23,915 for the base Sport trim and climbs up the ladder to the Trailhawk trim which retails for $31,170. 

The popular Altitude trim sits in the middle of the lineup with an MSRP of $27,850 while the hot favorites, Limited and Trailhawk, sit at the upper end of the spectrum for all those who want the absolute best of what the 2021 Jeep Compass can offer.

Trim

Sport

Latitude

Altitude 80th Anniversary

Limited

Trailhawk

MSRP (4x2)

$23,915

$26,160

$27,850 $28,215

$29,560

N/A

MSRP (4x4) $25,715 $27,960 $29,650 $30,015 $31,360 $31,060

Key Features

Heated mirrors

Adding to/Replacing Sport features

Adding to/Replacing Latitude features 

Adding to/Replacing Altitude features

Adding to/Replacing 80th Anniversary features

Adding to/Replacing Limited features

 

Automatic dual-zone climate control

17-inch Alloy wheels

Dual Tone Paint job with Black Highlights and Accents 

19-inch alloy wheels

Remote engine start

Off-road-oriented tires

 

Height-adjustable front seats

Roof rails

18-inch alloy wheels

8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation

8.4-inch touchscreen

Raised suspension

 

7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Upgraded cloth and simulated leather seat upholstery

8-way power-adjustable driver seat Power Liftgate

Leather upholstery

Skid plates

 

First- and second-row USB ports

Leather-wrapped steering

Black roof 80th Anniversary Edition inspired leather upholstery on seats and steering wheel

Power driver's seat

Selec-Terrain system

 

16-inch alloy wheels

Rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers

Piano Black highlights in the interiors Monotone exterior paint job

Heated front seats

Heated steering wheel

The Sport trim kicks things off at an MSRP of $23,915 with barebones features like the 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, vinyl upholstery on the seats, 7-inch Uconnect 4 touchscreen infotainment system, and heated outside mirrors.

The Latitude trim is where the action finally starts happening. At a sticker price of $27,960, you get bigger 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, premium cloth upholstery, and roof rails.

The Altitude trim starts to make things interesting with an upgraded price of $27,850. It adds even bigger 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-tone paint job, black accents and highlights in the exteriors, piano black highlights in the cabin, and a black roof. 

2021 Jeep Compass is offered in a choice of 6 trim levels.

The 80th Anniversary trim is the celebratory trim with a price tag of $28,215. It gets the biggest wheels in the lineup at 19-inch alloys, a special monotone paint job, the flagship 8.4-inch Uconnect 4 touchscreen infotainment screen with navigation, and 80th Edition leather upholstery on the seats.

The Limited trim offers the uptown features at a sticker price of $29,560. At this price, you get leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect 4 infotainment system, and remote engine start and keyless entry. 

The Trailhawk trim stands as the flagship offering for the 2021 Jeep Compass, carrying a price tag of $31,060 (cha-ching indeed). It adorns the full aggressive off-roader outlook with upgraded suspension setup, dedicated off-roading mode, Trailhawk inspired exterior paint job and badging, heated steering wheel, and off-roading capable tires.

2021 Jeep Compass Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

7.0/10

2021 Jeep Compass Reliability Ratings

The Jeep Compass tries to keep things straightforward in terms of reliability as it scores a 4-star rating from J.D. Power in the 2020 model year. The 2021 Jeep Compass will definitely retain this rating if not improve upon it. The J.D. Power score for the 2020 Jeep Compass stands at 78 out of a possible 100. This score is derived from thousands of user feedbacks and based on 4 parameters broadly. The parameter wise scores are:

Parameter Score out of 100 Rating
Quality and Reliability 82 Great
Driving Experience 75 Great
Dealership Experience 67 Average
Resale Value 82 Great

Though Jeep has tried to keep a tight ship on things, they still found struggles in terms of quality control as the Jeep Compass saw 1 recall in 2020 and 2 recalls in 2019. The recall for the 2020 model was for improperly tightened windshield wipers, and this was shared with one recall from the 2019 models as well. The other recall for the 2019 Compass was for insufficiently coated rear brake calipers which resulted in reduced rear brakes performance. Hopefully, the 2021 Jeep Compass will learn from its mistakes and carry out the requisite changes to maintain a clean streak throughout the year. 

2021 Jeep Compass Cost of Ownership

When all is said and done, the 2021 Compass still forms a formidable and value for money proposition for the price it asks. It is a capable off-roader that is made to be a daily driver, and you might want to get your hands on one as soon as possible. Considering you pick up the Latitude trim, the true cost to own the 2021 Jeep Compass at the end of 5-years will stand at $36,398. The following is the breakdown of these costs:

Particulars

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Insurance

$869

$899

$931

$963

$997

$4,659

Maintenance

$176

$816

$407

$1,612

$867

$3,878

Repairs

$0

$0

$137

$329

$479

$945

Taxes & Fees

$2,138

$312

$261

$219

$184

$3,114

Financing

$1,306

$1,050

$777

$487

$176

$3,796

Depreciation

$3,348

$1,814

$1,717

$2,013

$1,907

$10,799

Fuel

$1,734

$1,786

$1,840

$1,895

$1,952

$9,207

Real Cost of Ownership

$9,571

$6,677

$6,070

$7,518

$6,562

$36,398

The majority of the costs are housed within the first year as the Compass undergoes the maximum depreciation of 22% in the first year. The state taxes and the financing fees are also the highest in the first year, all of which chime in to jack up the ownership costs. Thankfully, the severity of all of these reduce over the following years and it becomes more affordable to own. 

Warranty

The 2021 Jeep Compass comes with a limited bumper to bumper warranty that is in place for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. This warranty is comprehensive and remains valid for any authorized Jeep service outlet across the States. The following are the other coverages of the warranty:

Warranty

Duration

Limited Bumper to Bumper Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

5 years or 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Corrosion Warranty

5 years or 100,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour Roadside Assistance 5 years or 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Emissions Warranty

8 years or 80,000 miles; whichever is earlier

For those of you who find the standard warranty statement crippling, you can get the extended warranty for the 2021 Jeep Compass up to 8 years or 125,000 miles for an additional cost. There are two plans to choose from, the Maximum Care Plan and the Added Care Plus Plan. Both of the plans have their own purview of coverage. 

Miles per Dollar

When you look at the cost of driving the 2021 Jeep Compass, you will be spending about $775 per year on maintenance and $1,841 as fuel costs for running it for 16,000 miles annually. At those numbers, you will get 6.1 miles per dollar, or consecutively, you will spend 16 cents per mile you drive it around.

2021 Jeep Compass Buying Advice

From the 6 trim levels on the offer of the 2021 Jeep Compass, we would recommend you to opt for the Altitude trim with 4WD as the feature-rich build makes it a promising and value for money proposition. That being said, we would recommend you to splurge $2,600 extra to get the Convenience Group and Driver Assistance Group from the Packages which will make it truly immersive and safe like a tank. 

Should you buy a used Jeep Compass?

The folks at Jeep have tried to make the Compass a regal yet practical daily driver that is off-road capable. Due to all of these aspects, the Jeep Compass forms a great option to be picked up from the used car market. The biggest marker for determining which one to pick would be the depreciation it undergoes over the ownership periods. 

The Jeep Compass undergoes 22.5% depreciation in the first year, and then gradually loses about 45% of its value by the end of year 4. If the "latest" tag is something you can overlook, then the 2017 model of the Jeep Compass would be the best value for money option to pick in the used car market as it can be had for half the price by now. Make sure to use depreciation to your benefit while negotiating a deal so that you can walk away with maximum savings. But if you want to save yourself that trouble, you can check out the used Jeep Compass we have that start from $8,995.

2021 Jeep Compass Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2021 Jeep Compass comes with a 2.4L naturally aspirated inline-4 engine under the hood which is good for 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. This engine is made of ionized high-pressure aluminum alloy which aids in its performance and reduces overall weight. With this powertrain, the transmission choice varies depending on the drivetrain you choose. Pick up the 4x4 or 4WD models like the Trailhawk, and you will get a 9-speed automatic transmission while the 4x2 or FWD models like the Limited or Altitude trim will get a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Jeep Compass comes with a 2.4L naturally aspirated inline-4 engine

Irrespective of the trim and drivetrain between FWD and 4WD that you choose for your Compass, the shifts in the transmission remain peppy and sublime and you will not find any complaints in the drive experience. For the price that you pay for the 2021 Compass, the ride quality is actually reminiscent of the age-old rugged SUV era and yet harnesses the classic feel of the new era. Overtaking isn’t a problem and the peppy nature of the engine ensures that there is ample power and torque available every time you floor the pedal.

Models

2021 Jeep Compass

2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Hyundai Tucson

MSRP

$25,395

$24,495

$27,450

$23,550

Engine

2.4L inline-4

2.5L flat-4

2.5L inline 4

2.0L inline 4

Drivetrain

4WD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

CVT

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic w/SHIFTRONIC

Power

180 hp @ 6,400 rpm

182 lb-ft @ 5800 rpm

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

161 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque

175 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

176 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

184 hp @ 5000 rpm

150 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

Talking of a spirited drive, the Toyota RAV4 will surely charm the driver with its athletic nature. Also, considering that it's the most sold SUV in the country, it will be easier to maintain as well. But when it comes to the ease of driving, the Subaru Forester does it for most people with its full-time AWD that is ready to conquer any terrain. The Jeep Compass might not be the most powerful but it has the best vibe and value for money in the lineup.

2021 Jeep Compass Acceleration and Braking Performance

The 2021 Jeep Compass is not a racecar but is certainly a powerhouse as it can go from 0-60 mph in 9.3 seconds. Though this number is definitely not class-leading or adrenaline rushing, it is enough to get you riled up to an extent and give you that rush as it touches the top speed of 117 mph. To complete the quarter-mile drag, you might have to push it a little harder as the 2.4L powerhouse runs out of breath and completes it in 17.1 seconds.

2021 Jeep Compass completes the 0-60 MPH run in 9.1 Sec.

 

Controlling a small yet hefty ride like the Compass is a daunting task and hence the ride offers 12-inch rotors on all wheels with 4-wheel ABS as standard. While the system does need a fair bit of optimization, the 2021 Jeep Compass can stop from 70-0 mph in 184 feet and from 60-0 mph in 140 feet. The brakes pedals are well weighted and the Electronic Brakeforce Distribution also comes into play and gives you a fairly linear feel when slowing it down.

Models

2021 Jeep Compass

2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Hyundai Tucson

0-60 MPH

9.3 secs

8.5 secs

8.2 secs

8.8 secs

Quarter mile

17.1 secs

16.6 secs

16.4 secs

16.8 secs

Top Speed

117 MPH

127 MPH

120 MPH

130 MPH

60-0 MPH

140 ft.

128 ft.

127 ft.

139 ft.

The Toyota RAV4 goes ahead and proves why it's the top seller of the country by being the best in all regards. It's fellow Japanese, the Subaru Forester comes in marginally slower everywhere, thus just falling short of glory. The Hyundai Tucson just scrapes through with the skin of its teeth while the Jeep Compass actually languishes out in the rough with its mediocre performance numbers. 

2021 Jeep Compass Handling and Drive Experience

When it comes to driving the 2021 Jeep Compass, there is hardly anything you would fault it for. The 2.4L motor under the hood means business despite not being made to pull lap times. Upgrade to the 4x4 and you get a powerful companion that can impress you both on the paved roads and on the rocky outdoors with a smile. The power-adjustable seats add their own layer of comfort to the cabin that is built to keep the driver at the front and center of the action. 

The 2021 Jeep Compass tames paved surfaces and off-roads like a pro!

The passengers will also get to enjoy it in their own way as the feature-rich cabin in tandem with the well-practiced suspension does not let any bumps and bruises to seep through. You might think that the body roll would be prominent, but on the contrary, it will actually surprise you by sticking every turn like glue. There is no amount of nervous jitter in the ride quality and the well-weighted steering wheel inspires confidence, all the while giving you a full feel of where you are going with ample feedbacks. 

2021 Jeep Compass Fuel Economy

7.9/10

The 2021 Jeep Compass serves as one of the first daily drivers of conventional SUVs in the Jeep lineup and hence offers what an average joe would want. The 2.4L powerplant is fairly fuel-efficient and the 2021 Compass can return 22 MPG in the city, 30 MPG on the highway, and 25 MPG combined. The fuel tank is on the smaller side with a maximum capacity of 13.5 gallons that gets the job done in most cases for a family-friendly ride as you get a combined range of 337 miles after a full refuel.

2021 Jeep Compass uses a rather graphic way to represent the fuel capacity.

The MPG numbers that the 2021 Jeep Compass offers are in no way exemplary and do need a fair bit of rework if they want to make an impact. With these numbers, your fuel costs would run on the slightly higher side as the others are fairly well balanced and offer much better value in terms of fuel costs. 

Models

2021 Jeep Compass

2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Hyundai Tucson

MPG (City) 

22

26

26

22

MPG (Highway) 

30

33

35

28

MPG (Combined)

25

29

30

25

Fuel Capacity

13.5 gallons

16.6 gallons

14.5 gallons

16.4 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles) 

297 / 405 / 337

432 / 547 / 481

377 / 507 / 435

361 / 459 / 410

The Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru Forester are locked in the battle of being the best, but the latter loses out on account of the lower highway economy. The Hyundai Tucson actually finds itself out of bounds as the Jeep Compass manages to save its hide by that much, thanks to the marginally better highway economy. Compared to the segment average, the 2021 Compass and the 2021 Tucson both need to undergo optimization sprees if they want to become more economical and remove the "gas-guzzler" tag that they carry. 

2021 Jeep Compass Interior

7.7/10

There is an old-world vibe to the 5-seater interior with all the materials used. In order to remain competitively priced, a lot of hard plastic is used across all surfaces of the 2021 Compass but in no way does it ever feel tacky. Thankfully, most of the surfaces on the door are covered in cloth or soft-touch materials which give a slightly premium feel. The front seats are quite comfortable and bolstered properly in order to provide comfort over long drives. Depending on the trim you get, the upholstery goes from vinyl to premium cloth to leather.

Since the 2021 Jeep Compass offers a massive ground clearance of 8.2-inches, it can sometimes (by that we mean 2 times out of 10) be a little too high for the average joe. It becomes more prominent for the rear seats because of the door design. That being said, it will never feel too high and is comfortably accessible.

2021 Jeep Compass comes with a 5-seater setup.

The front seats offer ample space for adjustment for even the tall guys and the roof is placed at an adequate position that it does not bite into the eye-line and makes way for a great view of the road. The steering wheel is multifunction capable with auxiliary controls for the infotainment and cruise control settings on it as standard. Thanks to the tilt and telescopic adjustment capability, you'll be able to find that sweet spot between practicality and comfort very easily. The center console might feel slightly rickety or wobbly, but it's never going to feel like it will come off from its mount.

The Sunroof on the 2021 Jeep Compass lights up the cabin and makes it feel bigger. 

While the front seats get most of the controls, the rear seats get the majority of the comfort. Even at full capacity, you will not be pushed for space. The tall guys might find it a little tight, but that is about it, little. Overall, the 2021 Compass comes with feature-rich interiors that have a little something for everyone and anyone and can keep everyone immersed in its magnanimous build. 

Models

2021 Jeep Compass

2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Hyundai Tucson

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.2 / 56.7 / 41.8

41.2 / 58.2 / 43.3

39.5 / 57.8 / 41

39.6 / 57.1 / 41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5 / 55.1 / 38.3

39.6 / 57.2 / 39.4

39.5 / 56.4 / 37.8

39.2 / 55.5 / 38.2

The Forester offers the biggest cabin among the lot, which is followed by the RAV4 marginally. You might think that the compact-sized Jeep Compass might be short on space, but it is actually quite spacious for the passengers overall, the boxy design language actually makes way for a lot of room in the cabin which is the biggest advantage for the Jeep. The notable features of the cabin are:

  • 7-inch Digital Driver Display
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Hands-Free Entry
  • Climate Control with Interior Air Filtration
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Cargo Floor Mats
  • Multifunction Steering Wheel with Tilt And Telescopic adjustment
  • Leather-wrapped and Heated Steering Wheel
  • 2 One-Touch Power Windows
  • Bucket Front Seats with heating
  • Premium Cloth or Leather upholstery
  • 8 -Way Power Adjustable Driver Seat with Height Adjustment and Power Lumbar adjustment
  • 6 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment with Height Adjustment
  • Rear Ventilation Ducts
  • Split-Folding Rear Seatback with Fold Flat capability

As you move up the trim levels, the features start to get more advanced. Thankfully, the majority of the features are available even in the base Sport trim which makes it a total value for money investment.

2021 Jeep Compass Infotainment System

Standard on all the trims up to the Altitude is a Uconnect 4 7-inch touchscreen that is borrowed from the Renegade. All the trims from the Limited to Trailhawk get the Uconnect 4 8.4-inch touchscreen system that is a more capable proposition. The 80th Anniversary trim gets the flagship system with the Uconnect 4 8.4-inch touchscreen with Navigation. All of the systems drive a hard bargain at the price and make sure to give you a pleasurable feel of the drive.

2021 Jeep Compass with the Uconnect 4 8.4-inch Infotainment Display

The 7-inch system is a barebones system that feels dated for the current era. The bigger 8.4-inch system offers a more up to date experience with a fluidic and hassle-free experience. It gets the AM/FM stereo, HD Radio, 4G LTE wifi hotpot as standard fitments to up the ante and makes the extra money spent worth it. Some of the other standard infotainment features include:

  • 7-inch/8.4-inch Uconnect 4 touchscreen
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speed Sensing Volume Control
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • HD Radio
  • AUX
  • USB Connection
  • 6 speakers
  • 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Real-time weather display
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Voice Control

For those who take their music seriously, you can spend $1,995 extra and get Sun and Sound Package that will add the 9-speaker Alpine Premium Sound System.

How big is the Cargo Space of the 2021 Jeep Compass?

One of the biggest caveats with the cabin of the 2021 Jeep Compass is its cargo capacity of 27.2 cu-ft. This is smaller than almost all of its rivals and hence is something that is not something to be proud of. The compact dimensions that add stability actually bite into the cargo bay area space. That being said, this is still about enough to carry along household supplies of almost 2 and a half months or 2 medium suitcases, 1 small suitcase, and some duffle bags.

Models

2021 Jeep Compass

2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Hyundai Tucson

Trunk Capacity 

27.2 cu-ft.

31.1 cu-ft

37.6 cu-ft

31 cu-ft

The Toyota RAV4 actually packs the most amount of cargo space in the lineup and hence sits at the top yet again. That being said, the Jeep Compass does provide an ample amount of in-cabin storage spaces like huge door-pockets and the rear armrest that converts into the fifth passenger seat. The glovebox is plenty spacious and allows you to carry a lot of stuff you might need while traveling, ranging from your passport to your wallet.

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2021 Jeep Compass Exterior

6.9/10

When you look at the 2021 Jeep Compass, you can very well notice how well defined it is in terms of design by following the Jeep’s history. The signature seven-slot grille is the most distinctive yet the most cohesive feature of the entire design language. You get rugged and off-road touches to the exterior and an overall boxy stance. The LED headlights are wide and bright and the lines are sleek with rounded corners which gives it a much-needed macho stance that is reminiscent of being a Jeep.

2021 Jeep Compass looks great in all avatars and colors!

The Limited and Trailhawk trims are where the magic is at as it unlocks the best features for the exteriors ranging from 4x4 drivetrain and the dual-tone paint job to the Bi-Xenon HID headlamps and the LED Taillamps. These trims also get the Roof Rails from Mopar. The biggest distinguishing feature is the wheel size. While the trims from Sport trim gets 16-inch wheels, the Latitude and Traihawk trim get 17-inch wheels. The Altitude and Limited trims offer bigger 18-inch wheels while the 80th Anniversary trim offers the biggest one of the lot at 19-inches. All of the trims offer all-season tires as standard which is an added bonus for the price you pay for each trim.

Models

2021 Jeep Compass

2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Hyundai Tucson

Curb Weight

3633 lbs

3449 lbs

3475 lbs

3309 lbs

Length

173.1"

182.1"

180.9"

176.4"

Width 

73.8"

71.5"

73.0"

72.8"

Height

64.8"

67.5"

67.0"

64.8"

Ground Clearance

8.5"

8.7"

8.4"

6.4"

Wheelbase

103.8"

105.1"

105.9"

105.1"

As you move to the back, the Jeep Compass actually carves a rather dominating silhouette with a ground clearance of 8.5-inches, but it's one that is still agreeable and smart. Compared to the rest, the Compass is certainly the bulkiest and that shows when you try to push it to perform. But thankfully, it's quite compact which helps it in city commutes and keeping it stable. The Hyundai Tucson clearly has the weight advantage here and is also the lowest sitting of the others. The notable features of the 2021 Jeep Compass' exteriors are:

  • Fully galvanized steel body material
  • Bodyside cladding
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps With LED Signature
  • LED Taillamps
  • Rain-Sensitive Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Gloss Black Accents
  • Rock Rails by Mopar
  • 16/17/18/19-inch Alloy wheels with all-season tires. 
  • Dual Tone Color palettes
  • Power liftgate
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Windshield Wiper De-Icer

Depending on the trim levels, there are also a couple of add-on options that you can pick up if you have some cash to spare. However, in any circumstance, the 2021 Compass still offers a lot for the price it asks. 

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2021 Jeep Compass Safety

7.1/10

The 2021 Jeep Compass might be a carryover model from the previous year, but what it does not carry forward is the barebones safety suite from the previous year. All the trims get upgrades in the safety suite while the Limited and Trailhawk trim get special treatment in terms of driver assistance tech. The 2021 Jeep Compass scored a 4-star rating from the NHTSA and an overall "Good" rating from the IIHS. This means that the ride is built to keep all its occupants safe and sound in all circumstances. The following are the standout features of its safety suite:

  • Driveline Traction Control System
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Forward Collision Warning-Plus forward-collision mitigation
  • Cornering Lights
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps with Dusk Sensing
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • 4-Wheel ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Drying
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System

With such a long list of features, you can rest assured that every ride that you take will be a safe and sound one.

2021 Jeep Compass Competition

6.0/10

2021 Jeep Compass Vs. 2021 Subaru Forester

The 2021 Subaru Forester has been around for a long time now to be called the veteran of the segment. With the full-time AWD and the boxer-4 powertrain, the ride packs the punch to go off-roads anytime and every time you wish. It's practical, utilitarian, and strikes the perfect balance in terms of the price it asks and features on the board with its performance and MPG numbers. 

2021 Subaru Forester

In contrast, the 2021 Jeep Compass offers a more daunting road presence, modern yet rugged design, and comfortable interiors that make the case stronger for the Jeep. 

2021 Jeep Compass Vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is the undefeated king of the segment as it is a blockbuster in all regards. It offers a great value for money proposition along with a globally acclaimed design that is loved by all. Its MPG figures are exemplary and so is its love for the outdoors and adventures. Add to that the reliability of being a Toyota, and the Jeep might start to feel weak at the knees.

 

2021 Toyota RAV4

The 2021 Jeep Compass, despite its competitive price tag and magnanimous build, struggles to keep up with the momentum that the Toyota RAV4 sets forth. To put it into perspective, the Jeep Compass sold 143,000 units in 2019 while the Toyota RAV4 sold more than 448,000 units. 

2021 Jeep Compass Vs. 2021 Hyundai Tucson

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson is the safe, and tried and tested option here. It's something that has a little something for everyone and yet does not falter from the original ethos of the segment of being a feature-packed and cost-effective ride. It gets the best warranty in the lot and is also the sleekest looking option. While it does not impress in any aspect really, it offers a little of everything to maintain a jack of all trades approach.

 

2021 Hyundai Tucson

The aspect where the Jeep Compass takes the cake is in the customizability it can offer right from the base trim while the Tucson unlocks many features with the mid-tier and upper-tier trims. 

2021 Jeep Compass Final Verdict

The 2021 Jeep Compass has bought a lot of improvements, starting from the engine to the infotainment and the biggest ones to the safety suite. The powertrain and drivetrain form the perfect duo for off-roading but still have a long way to go to achieve a fuel-efficient approach. The interiors are also comfortable and feature-rich as are expected from the Compass. So if you want a versatile and robust high riding off-roader, that can also support you in milk runs, then the 2021 Jeep Compass is the perfect value for money option that you should consider.

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2021 Jeep Compass Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What else can I buy at the price of the 2021 Jeep Compass?

At the price at which the Jeep Compass is offered, you get the option to buy a Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mitsubishi Outlander, Chevrolet Equinox, Buick Encore,  Hyundai Tucson, Honda HR-V, and the Kia Sportage. 

How much does it cost to own the 2021 Jeep Compass?

The true cost to own the 2021 Jeep Compass is $36,398. These costs can actually vary depending on your driving style, the kind of maintenance you are willing to divulge on it, and whether it has any major repairs pending on it. 

How much does it cost to lease the 2021 Jeep Compass?

Considering that you lease the Limited trim of the 2021 Jeep Compass in New York for a tenure of 42 months, you will have to pay $239 per month after you put down $3,799 at the time of signing.

When is the Jeep Compass getting a remodel?

The 2022 Jeep Compass will mark the mid-cycle refresh of the car. The 2021 Jeep Compass is a carryover model from the previous year with significant upgrades in the safety suite. 

Which trim of the 2021 Jeep Compass is the best?

The best value for money trim of the 2021 Jeep Compass is the Altitude trim. It offers most of the features of the modern-day as standard, and yet leaves the room open for customization.

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2021 Jeep Compass Overall Reviews


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Glenn G. Hansen

2020 Jeep Compass

Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Love my JEEP!

Pros - Spacious, transmission, handling

Cons - Nothing

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Love every second of driving in my COMPASS! The transmission is quick, precise, and doesn? make any funny noises. Handling is superb and makes driving in traffic and in cities a breeze.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

SL

Sam M. Lutz

2020 Jeep Compass

Sun and Wheel 4dr SUV w/Prod. End 2/20 (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Does what is designed for

Pros - Sound system, centre screen, seats

Cons - Visibility, handling, not the easiest in traffic

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

Needs improvement and that too a lot especially when it comes to driving quality. Handling is bad which in turn makes it bad in traffic or any congested place for that matter.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
9/10
Design
8/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
4/10
Dealer Review

JL

John B. Lamb

2020 Jeep Compass

Altitude 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Worth it?!

Pros - Fun to drive, features, smooth power delivery

Cons - A little more power would be nice, handling, reliability?

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

I say fun to drive not because it's an SUV and I take it off-roading or some stuff. I just like any average buyer who drives it around town. I say fun to drive because it is very responsive for an SUV. Just a hint of the accelerator and it is ready to go. Just a little more power and it would have been absolutely amazing. Side note: Handling is not that great!

7/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

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Top User Reviews

10

User Overall Rating

Love my JEEP!

Love every second of driving in my COMPASS! The transmission is quick, precise, and doesn? make any funny noises. Handling is superb and makes driving in traffic and in cities a breeze.

by Glenn G. Hansen

9

User Overall Rating

Does what is designed for

Needs improvement and that too a lot especially when it comes to driving quality. Handling is bad which in turn makes it bad in traffic or any congested place for that matter.

by Sam M. Lutz

9

User Overall Rating

Worth it?!

I say fun to drive not because it's an SUV and I take it off-roading or some stuff. I just like any average buyer who drives it around town. I say fun to drive because it is very responsive for an SUV. Just a hint of the accelerator and it is ready to go. Just a little more power and it would have been absolutely amazing. Side note: Handling is not that great!

by John B. Lamb

7

User Overall Rating

Not impressed

The only good thing about it is power. But brakes are not good enough to keep the power in check. Gas mileage is another example of why you should not buy a Compass.

by Mark G. Weller

1

User Overall Rating

A total waste

Drives good if good means having loose brakes while sitting on stiff seats and ending up at the gas station just about every weekend

by Kenneth P. Dawley

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