2021 Jeep Compass

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  • Overview

    A dark grey 2021 Jeep Compass is angled left.

    Though it is an accepted fact that nearly everyone needs to own a vehicle at one point or another in their lives, not everybody needs a vehicle for the same reasons. In other words, everyone needs to get something different from the performance of their vehicles. Small families or solo drivers tend to buy sedans. People who need to tow or haul will look at trucks. But if you need a lot of cargo or passenger space inside, more than a sedan offers, an SUV is likely the answer. And if you want to have nothing in your way, with no concern for terrain or weather as you drive off-road, there is only one answer for you: the 2021 Jeep Compass.

    This iteration of the Compass has sporty curves, optional four-wheel drive, and agile handling designed to get over most obstacles. It is a head-turner, more compact than some other SUVs, with plenty of power for its size. This lack of bulk helps the Compass even more, whether being driven in the city, on the highway, or through rugged terrain. The lightweight also helps it to achieve a solid fuel economy with a combined rating of 25 miles per gallon between city and highway driving. For those that are seeking the best that Jeep has to offer, check out the 2021 Jeep Compass.


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  • Design

    A red 2021 Jeep Compass is driving on a multi-lane road past grass.

    The 2021 Jeep Compass comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission comes as standard to help move the Compass’ 3,200 lbs of curb weight. This compact crossover has ten exterior color options for buyers to choose from and even offers a variety of two-tone color options for added appeal. Some of the more standout options include Spitfire Orange, Laser Blue, Olive Green, Redline. But no matter which color you choose, there is one thing the 2021 Jeep Compass was made for: off-roading.

    Off-Road Features

    Every Compass offers solid off-road performance, but the Compass Trailhawk is the trim level offered that is best situated for off-roading. All-terrain tires and 8.5 inches of ground clearance ensures that the Trailhawk will not get bogged down or trapped by any obstacle. Other features of the Trailhawk include skid plates, red tow hooks, and more. It also wears Jeep’s Trail Rated badge, which demonstrates that it is ready for anything you will encounter out on the trails. The Trailhawk also has an improved four-wheel drive system with 20:1 low-range gearing for crawl mode, which helps the vehicle get over obstacles. Low range gearing provides you with extra torque when traveling at slow speeds, and a two-speed transfer case is a must for serious off-roading.

    Even without the many advantages of the Trailhawk, the 2021 Jeep Compass has relatively shorter dimensions than some other vehicles. This makes this Jeep very easy to maneuver. The standard eight-inch ground clearance keeps the Compass from getting stuck or badly scraped by rough terrain or other situations. A turning circle of 36 feet ensures that the Jeep Compass can be reoriented with ease. The vehicle’s gas mileage is estimated to be up to 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway, while opting for four-wheel drive provides the same city economy and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

  • Interior

    The black interior of a 2021 Jeep Compass is shown from the side.

    Two rows of seats and an interior roomier than many competitors ensure that the 2021 Jeep Compass can keep its riders comfortable, carrying up to five adults. The front row offers over 39 inches of headroom, 41 inches of legroom, and 56 inches of shoulder room. The second row has over 38 inches of headroom and legroom and 55 inches of shoulder room. Seats in the Compass are positioned higher when compared to many competitors, which, when combined with the wide windshield, expands the available field of vision for the driver. The high seats keep passengers’ legs fully supported, even on long trips.

    Comfort Features

    There are many features available to ensure further comfort while riding in the 2021 Jeep Compass. Dual-zone automatic temperature control allows for driver and passengers to set their own individual comfort level. Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel offer even more comfort in cold or rainy weather. The 60/40 split folding rear seats offer a maximum of nearly 60 cubic feet of extra storage space. A cargo floor can be laid across the folded seats to give a flatter surface for storing, while the rear liftgate gives easy access with its available one-touch power opening feature.

    Though cloth upholstery comes as standard in the 2021 Jeep Compass, there are upgrades on other trims that offer leather upholstery on the interior. There is also the option for a vinyl and cloth combo on some of the mid-level trims. Most of the interior choices, regardless of material, are black in color. An optional dual-pane panoramic sunroof provides the passengers with plenty of natural light. This can help for those who might think the interior is on the cramped side, offering a source for fresh air.


    The 2021 Jeep Compass offers multiple airbags at head, shoulder, side, and knee levels. This safety feature combines with others, such as a rear backup camera and LATCH system restraints to install car seats. Adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist are optional features that can be added. The Compass earned a four-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This proves that the Compass’s high strength steel body structure does its job, keeping everyone inside as safe as possible on the road.

    Seeing everything around the Compass is all too easy. The ParkView rear backup camera utilizes the standard 7-inch touchscreen to ensure the driver knows what is behind their vehicle. The job of keeping safe on the road is further aided by adaptive cruise control. Finally, there is also an automatic braking feature to prevent front-end collisions. This comes with monitoring all around the vehicle to keep the driver a safe distance from other vehicles. Said monitoring includes adaptive cruise control, which is designed to keep the Compass a set distance from the vehicle in front of it.

  • Technology

    A passenger in a 2021 Jeep Compass is using the touch screen.

    The 2021 Jeep Compass uses Uconnect to run its infotainment system. This comes with standard smartphone integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android auto. The standard 7-inch touchscreen and optional 8.40inch touchscreen have app displays, climate control, and standard media, including Bluetooth streaming. The Compass’ speaker system has great sound, whether listening to texts being read aloud or streaming the coolest new video. Last but not least, the 4G LTE WiFi hotspot gives internet connectivity to all passengers. This will allow you to stream music, look up destinations, and more without using up your phone’s data.


    Uconnect has many interesting features for buyers of the Jeep Compass to enjoy. One such feature is Uconnect Market, which stores payment information in the cloud for easy ordering and transactions on the go. It stores reward information for credit cards as well. All of this is displayed on the touch screen, with quick ordering apps for various locations streamlining the buying process. Your order can be waiting for you, or even initially placed, while you are sitting behind the wheel.

    The addition of SiriusXM Guardian offers even more peace of mind for Jeep Compass drivers. They can do things like unlock their doors or pop their trunk from a distance, such as from inside the house. The Send and Go system can take maps and driving directions that were looked up on the phone and send them to the vehicle’s touchscreen. Vehicle Finder feature can help locate the 2021 Jeep Compass in a crowded parking lot or similar situation. There is also roadside assistance call, SOS call, and stolen vehicle assistance, all available to help you out no matter what happens.

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