The Jeep Compass has grown into a very popular model within the very select lineup that is Jeep. It does provide some similarities to its sibling the Jeep Patriot, but it is considered a great entry-level, and cost effective way to enter the Jeep family.
Where the Jeep Wrangler dominated the off road, the Jeep Compass provides families a more reliable ride on on-road compared to off-road. The Compass does in fact come with Front-Wheel-Drive trim, as well as 4WD trim. The base 2.0-liter is front-wheel drive, and is more suited for those who are more interested in commuting. The larger and more powerful engine, the 2.4-liter comes in 4WD, and is designed for those who want to be able to hitch and tow with their Compass.
The Compass was the little brother within the Jeep brotherhood, but now with the Renegade coming out around the corner, the Compass now has a smaller brother for which it can pick on. This downsizing of models for the Jeep brand, with the exception of the Wrangler, is something that most wouldn’t have imagined happening. But ever since FIAT came along, we have some significant design changes, like with the Cherokee, now the very unique crossover Renegade, which is more or less a larger FIAT Panda.
It will be interesting to see how the Compass, along with the other Jeep models evolve with the influence of the Italian automaker FIAT. We imagine with how stubborn, and unwilling American buyers are for “change”, we expect the flagship Wrangler and even Grand Cherokee will remain untouched for some time.
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