- Body Type: SUV
- Drive: FWD
- 36 Months
- Torque: 141 ft-lbs.
- Year: 2016
- Engine Size: 2.0L
- Transmission: Automatic
- Fuel Type: Gas
- Cylinders: 4
- Horsepower: 158 hp
- EPA Mileage (CTY/HWY): 23/30 mpg
2016 Jeep Compass Overview
To be fair to the Compass, it will go farther off-road than most compact crossovers if you select the Freedom Drive II off-road package. To get that capability, however, you’ll have to make do with the power-sapping and generally unpleasant CVT. The five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are more tolerable, but refinement isn’t exactly a strong suit of any Compass configuration.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
Standard features for the Sport include 16-inch alloy wheels (upgraded to 17s if the larger 2.4-liter engine is specified), foglights, roof rails, air-conditioning, cruise control, manual accessories (windows, mirrors and locks), 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-only steering wheel, Bluetooth and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.
Options for the Compass Sport include the Power Value Group (full power accessories, heated mirrors, body-color trim, automatic headlights and remote keyless entry) and other option packages shared with the Latitude (see below). The Sport SE package adds 18-inch gray alloy wheels and matching gloss-gray body trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, heated front seats and upgraded cloth and vinyl upholstery.
2016 Jeep Compass Driving Impression/Review
2.0-liter engine keeps the cost down, but it’s rowdy, underpowered and not all that great for fuel economy considering its modest output. Remember, too, that if you can’t drive a stick shift, you’re stuck with the decidedly uninspired CVT. The 2.4-liter engine, on the other hand, has enough pep to keep up with traffic, and there’s little fuel economy penalty compared to the 2.0, though refinement isn’t much better. The six-speed automatic is a big improvement over the CVT, but it still shifts too slowly for our tastes. If you opt for the Freedom Drive II off-road setup, the CVT is unfortunately part of the deal.