2022 Jeep Compass

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Updated: December 30, 2021

2022 Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass is a five-seat crossover SUV that, size-wise, fits in Jeep’s lineup between the Renegade and Cherokee. The styling and cabin have been refreshed and refined for 2022, and the safety technology updated, while the powertrain carries over. The exterior has been tweaked to look more like the larger and more luxurious Grand Cherokee and Wagoneer, but it’s the interior that’s especially improved, with larger screens in an inviting atmosphere warmed by soft materials.

The engine is a 177-hp 2.4-liter inline-4, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission on front-wheel-drive versions and a 9-speed automatic on all-wheel-drive Limiteds and Trailhawks. The Limited is the most comfortable and the Trailhawk is all about off-road adventure.

The EPA rates the front-drive Compass at 22 mpg city, 31 highway, 25 combined, while the AWD models with the 9-speed do better, at 22/30/25 mpg.

The Compass hasn’t been crash tested yet. Standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. Automatic headlights are standard on all but the base model. Safety options include adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, and limited hands-free driving.

Model Lineup

Made in Mexico, the Compass comes as a Sport, Latitude, Latitude Lux, Trailhawk, or a Limited. All-wheel drive is $1,500 on those models that don’t already have it.

The Sport starts at $26,490 and comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Amazon Alexa and over-the-air updates, USB-A and USB-C ports, LED headlights, and keyless start. Options include leather upholstery, a 10.1-inch touchscreen and a 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster.

The $30,090 Latitude Lux adds automatic headlights, 17-inch wheels, heated leather front seats with driver-side power, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, remote start, and 18-inch wheels.

The off-road Trailhawk and luxury Limited are $32,890.

The 3-year/36,000-mile warranty includes the first three oil changes and free tire rotations for the first 36 months.

Exterior

The changes to make the Compass resemble the Grand Cherokee and Wagoneer are subtle. It comes out confident. Slim LED headlamps flank a seven-slot grille that’s tastefully sized, not in-your-face like too many other SUVs. The front fascia has a new horizontal band over the fog lights at each end. Some black cladding–not too much–travels over the squarish wheel arches toward the rear.

Trailhawks bring knobby tires, tow hooks, roof rails and hood decals, to announce who they are.

Interior

The new interior features a 8.4-inch touchscreen atop a two-tone dash with a pleasant mix of hard and soft surfaces, separated by a chrome strip. The climate controls are simple and the gear lever on the console is familiar. The door pockets are deep, while the optional wireless smartphone charger goes on the center stack.

The Compass uses the latest generation of Jeeps Uconnect 5 operating software, which we’ve always found to be good.

The front seats offer a good view and range of adjustment, but they could use more padding. It’s a snug fit for three passengers in the rear, but the Compass lets 6-foot adults stretch out with 38.3 inches of leg room.

There’s a ton of cargo space: 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and nearly 60 cubic feet with the 60/40 seat folded.

Driving Impressions

The 177-hp 2.4-liter inline-4 engine is carried over. It offers adequate power, but can be noisy under full throttle. It’s paired to a 9-speed automatic that pauses before it selects a gear, but delivers better fuel economy than some older transmissions. Front-drive Compass SUVs sport a 6-speed. A disconnecting rear axle turns four-wheel drive into front-wheel drive when traction isn’t needed at the rear.

The Compass’ independent suspension provides composure in the city and stability on the highway. The Latitude Lux and Limited come with four-wheel drive, which helps with all-season and all-weather traction.

Where the road fades and the trail gets rutted, the Compass Trailhawk takes over. It can handle most anything it’s dealt off-road. The Trailhawk doesn’t have a 2-speed transfer case but its very low first gear in effect gives it a high crawl ratio, and it has 8.6 inches of ground clearance. There are skid plates to protect the most vulnerable parts underneath, and tow hooks front and rear. With its 172 lb-ft of torque, the Trailawk can tow up to 2,000 lb.

Trailhawks have their own fascia front and rear, allowing a 30-degree approach angle, 24-degree breakover angle, and 34-degree departure angle.

Final Word

The 2022 Jeep Compass has been updated with more safety and convenience features, and a more refined interior that appeals to any crossover SUV driver looking for Jeep’s rugged off-road ability. Most will be better off with the well-equipped Compass Latitude Lux, but for explorers and adventurers, only the Trailhawk will do.

 

—by Sam Moses with driving impressions by The Car Connection