Unmistakeable Jeep styling; ample user-friendly tech; distinctive, off-road-ready Trailhawk version
Meager performance and unremarkable fuel economy; unresponsive 9-speed transmission; limited small item storage
The Compass now comes standard with a larger, 7-inch touchscreen, while adaptive cruise control is added to the options list. There are also two new appearance packages for 2019. The Upland edition adds some Trailhawk design cues to the base Sport trim, while the High Altitude adds special styling elements to the Limited.
The Trailhawk represents the Compass at its most distinctive and therefore appealing. Alternatively, the new Upland Edition could be a good call: It offers much of the Trailhawk's look, but trades capability and equipment for a lower price point.Find a Jeep Compass for sale
The 2019 Jeep Compass is a compact 5-seat crossover that comes in Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk trim levels.
The Sport ($21,295) comes with 16-inch steel wheels, hill-start assist, black door handles, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a 115-volt power outlet, a 7-in touchscreen, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio jack and a 6-speaker audio system. With optional all-wheel drive, the Sport includes Selec-Terrain traction settings that include Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud. The Tech Group adds roof rails, rear parking sensors, body-colored door handles, proximity entry, push-button start and satellite radio. The Upland Edition adds Trailhawk-inspired design elements, including 17-in alloy wheels.
The Latitude ($24,595) adds its own 17-in alloy wheels, automatic headlights, fog lamps, ambient LED cabin lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth/vinyl upholstery and the Tech Group equipment. This trim is not available with the manual transmission. The Altitude Special Edition adds to the Latitude equipment a variety of black exterior design elements, including 18-in wheels.
The Limited ($27,795) adds 18-in alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, remote ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a manual height-adjustable passenger seat, a heated steering wheel and an 8.4-in touchscreen.
The Trailhawk ($28,795) has standard all-wheel drive with low-range gearing and a crawl mode, a more off-road-appropriate suspension, greater ground clearance, hill-descent control, skid plates, tow hooks (two at the front, one at the back), all-season on/off-road tires, unique 17-in wheels, a full-size spare, special styling and all-season rubber floor mats. Inside, the Trailhawk builds on the Latitude's equipment with cloth/leather upholstery and the 8.4-in touchscreen. The Leather Interior Group basically adds all the Limited's extra equipment.
Optional on the Sport, Latitude and Trailhawk is the Cold Weather Group that adds a windshield wiper de-icer, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and all-season floor mats (if not already equipped). Optional on the Latitude and Trailhawk is the Popular Equipment Group that adds Limited's upgrade seat adjustments and an auto-dimming mirror. A compact spare is optional on non-Trailhawk trims.
The top three trims are eligible for several other packages. The Safety and Security Group adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic warning, rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and remote ignition. To that group you can add the Advanced Safety Group, which includes lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, and when equipped with the automatic transmission, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The Premium Lighting Group adds bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights and LED taillights. Other options on these trims include a tow package, a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof and integrated navigation.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2019 Subaru Crosstrek -- For those more interested in the Compass' capability, space and price than its Jeep style, the Crosstrek is an excellent choice that comes well-equipped -- including standard all-wheel drive.
2019 Jeep Cherokee -- If you're OK paying a bit more for greater refinement and a stronger engine, upgrading to the similarly sized Cherokee is probably a good idea. Although both were updated for 2019, you can see how they generally compare in our article from last year explaining the differences between the Compass and Cherokee.
2019 Kia Sportage -- The value-rich Sportage provides a better on-road driving experience and a higher-quality interior than the similarly sized and priced Compass. Its warranty is also longer.
Used Honda CR-V -- Admittedly, there's no rugged Jeep-like coolness to the CR-V. But if anyone is looking for a good, reliable used compact crossover, this does the job. A certified pre-owned (CPO) version comes with a decent warranty.