2015 Jeep CompassBuying Guide • Review • Research
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While the base model comes standard with a front-wheel drive setup, the optional four-wheel drive system transforms the Compass into a capable off-road machine. In regards to cost, the Jeep Compass has a starting price tag of less than $19,000. This SUV is also available with a number of creature comforts.
What’s New for 2015?
The 2015 Jeep compass remains virtually the same as the previous model. However, more trims are now offered with an all-wheel drive system. There is also a new green paint color that is available.
Top Ten Reasons to Buy a new 2015 Jeep Compass - The Pros
1) Easy to Drive
Some drivers find large SUVs to be quite intimidating. The small size of the Jeep Compass makes it extremely easy to drive. Due to the fact that the Compass does not come with a super-powerful engine, inexperienced drivers will love this SUV’s docile character on the road.
2) Good on Gas
Regardless of which model that is chosen, the owner can expect to get impressive gas mileage. While the base engine is able to deliver 30 mpg on the highway, the more powerful 2.4 engine is just a tad less efficient with a 20-mpg rating on the highway. The SUV’s good fuel efficiency makes it a great choice for everyday commuting.
3) Attractive Styling
Like most Jeep vehicles, the Compass has a rugged appearance. The distinctive grille and a set of unique headlights help the Compass to stand apart from the rest of the SUVs in its class. When equipped with the optional 18-inch wheels, the Compass has an even muscular presence on the road. The special Altitude Edition package definitely enhances its curb appeal.
4) A Manual Gearbox is Available
Lately, quite a few automakers have started to phase out the manual transmission. However, the 2015 Compass comes standard with a five-speed manual gearbox. This is good news for the drivers who are accustomed to using a stick shift transmission. In fact, the manual version of the Compass delivers better gas mileage than the models equipped with an automatic transmission.
5) Off-Road Capable
When equipped with the proper upgrades, the 2015 Jeep Compass can be driven on virtually any type of terrain. The Freedom Drive Off-Road package equips the Compass with a special CVT transmission, all-terrain tires, beefier skid plates, and a hill-descent feature. Although the Compass is not a heavy-duty hauler, it can still tow up to 2,000 pounds.
6) High-Tech Options
The 2015 Compass is available with several high-tech goodies. The rear-view camera certainly comes in handy in tight parking areas. Meanwhile, the hard-drive based navigation system is a major convenience for long-distance travelers. Some of the other high-tech features include an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a high-end audio system, and a Uconnect infotainment system.
7) Very Affordable
Even the top-of-the-line Limited model can be purchased for less than $28,000. Meanwhile, a well-equipped base model carries a price tag of only $19,995. SUV shoppers who are looking to save some money should certainly give the Compass some serious consideration.
8) Optional 2.4 Engine
Although the base model comes with a 2.0-liter engine, prospective buyers can also upgrade to a 2.4-liter engine. With a total output of 173 horsepower, the larger engine produces 14 more horsepower than the standard engine. The upgraded engine also delivers significantly more torque. Off-road enthusiasts will definitely be able to use the extra performance.
9) Versatile Design
The Jeep Compass is able to showcase its versatility on a daily basis. When the owner needs to haul large items, the front passenger seat and the rear seats can be folded flat. Due to this Jeep’s rugged nature, it can easily serve the dual purpose of being a daily-driver and an off-road vehicle.
10) Appropriate for all ages
From college students to retirees, the 2015 Jeep Compass is appealing to a large age range. Statistics reveal that the average Compass owner is around 43 years old. However, the SUV’s edgy interior and outstanding off-road capabilities make it attractive to the younger crowd as well.
Reasons you may not want to buy a 2015 Jeep Compass - The Cons
1) Average Safety Rating
During governmental crash testing, the 2015 Compass was given a four-star safety rating. While this is not a terrible rating, some of its competitors were able to obtain a five-star safety rating.
2) Does Not Offer a High-Powered Engine
While the optional 2.4-liter engine is very energetic, it still cannot match the performance of a V-6 engine. A turbocharger would certainly help to raise the SUV’s power output.
3) Questionable Room in the Rear
In comparison to a larger SUV, the new Compass does not offer a large amount of room for the rear-seat passengers. However, average-size passengers will likely find the available room to be adequate.
How it stacks up to the competition:
1) 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2) 2015 Jeep Cherokee
3) 2015 Jeep Patriot
4) 2015 Jeep Compass
5) 2015 Jeep Patriot
6) 2015 Jeep Wrangler
In terms of off-road capabilities, the 2015 Compass trumps both the Nissan Rogue and the Kia Sportage. The Compass is also less expensive than the Honda CR-V. Although the Subaru Crosstrek is a capable off-road performer that delivers good fuel economy, the Compass can still be equipped with more off-road enhancements.
While the 2015 Jeep Compass is not the most powerful SUV in its class, it does reward the driver with relatively good gas mileage. This Compass is also among the most affordable SUVs on the market. In regards to ruggedness, very few vehicles in this price range can compete with the Compass.