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Overview (Final Score: B)
Jeep totally revamped the 2017 Compass model and gave it much-needed upgrades and changes. This all-new contender in the small crossover segment fits between the small Renegade and larger Cherokee models as the newest addition to the Jeep family.
The Compass, along with the discontinued Patriot, is part of Jeep’s entry-level offerings in the “cheap Jeep” category. With a vapid interior, lackluster performance and reputation for being unreliable, the Compass was not doing well for the brand. Sales were steady because of a past lack of serious competition in the compact crossover market, but the Compass really needed updating.
And upgrade they did. Jeep went to town redesigning theand it definitely shows. Its looks, interior, versatility and ergonomics are all updated to be very competitive in the current market. The 2017 Compass is definitely a Jeep to consider.
What We Love About the 2017 Jeep Compass:
- Lots of interior space for the vehicle’s size
- Very off-road capable, especially in the Trailhawk model
- Great styling that includes elements from several Jeep crossovers
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Jeep Compass:
- Seating can be mix-and-match for some
- Can feel weak in the throttle when under duress (hills and towing)
- Reliability is untested
Pricing and Value (8/10)
The question of value will come down to whether or not a buyer really needs the clearance and off-road capability of the little Compass. Many buyers in this segment do not, but the added security that comes with all-weather capability might be a real draw. Most Jeep models sold are with 4WD, so we expect resale values of those models will remain good.
Pricing for the Jeep Compass is good and on par with the segment. The starting price comes as a well-outfitted little Jeep, but most buyers will be in the Latitude and Limited trims with a few in the Trailhawk trim for the added capability. We expect that the Trailhawk model will have the best value retention in terms of trade-in/resale and the Latitude will have the best bang for the buck for the majority of buyers in terms of what’s included for the price.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (67/80, 84%)
There is no shortage of competitors in the small crossover segment. In terms of off-road prowess, the Subaru XV Crosstrek is likely the nearest competitor and is priced about the same as the 2017 Compass. For those not needing the legendary Jeep capability, the Mazda CX-3,and the are all well worth shopping.
When it comes to style, capability and interior excellence, it’s hard to find a competitor who can touch the 2017 Jeep Compass. This capable, fun new Jeep is a much-needed upgrade to the Compass model and a great addition to the Jeep lineup.
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