The 2021 Jeep Compass ranks 21 out of 22 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Jeep Compass, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2021 Jeep Compass is ranked:
#21 in Affordable Compact SUVs
#15 in Off-Road SUVs
Reviewers say although the 2021 Jeep Compass is a decent option for shoppers attracted to its low base price, it lacks the power, standard features and off-road prowess offered by higher-ranking compact SUVs.
The Compass is powered by a four-cylinder engine, and test drivers are disappointed with its feeble performance. Although a more powerful four-cylinder engine is optional, test drivers say it offers only marginal improvement, resulting in lackluster acceleration and a noisy ride. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard on the Compass, while a new six-speed automatic and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are optional. One critic comments that while the new six-speed automatic is better than the CVT, it still doesn’t make good use of the engine’s power. The EPA reports that the 2021 Compass gets up to 23/32 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with the fuel economy of SUVs like the base Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. Still, compact SUVs like the Mazda CX-5 use significantly less fuel. Test drivers say that the Compass falls short with a jittery ride and uninspiring handling. Some also note that a large turning circle makes the Compass more difficult to maneuver than they would like. Additionally, most reviewers note that even with the choice of all- and four-wheel drive systems, the Compass has limited off-road capabilities.
Although Jeep has updated the 2021 Compass’ interior design, some auto writers say that it’s still an unimpressive cabin, and that base models primarily feature mostly hard plastic materials. However, some auto critics say that updates like chrome accents and soft-touch materials make a notable improvement in the cabin. While headroom is good in the front seats, some reviewers say that it’s difficult to find a comfortable driving position in the 2021 Compass. Additionally, there’s not enough legroom in the Compass’ back seat for adults to be comfortable. While a few reviewers note that the 2021 Compass offers clear gauges and logically-placed controls, others say that the Compass comes sparsely equipped, and that the buttons and switches on the dash look outdated. A four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input comes standard in the 2018 Jeep Compass, while available features include automatic climate control, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, navigation and a Boston Acoustics stereo system with flip-down tailgate speakers.