The Jeep Compass is a compact crossover SUV that received a full redesign from the 2017 model year. Prior to this makeover, the Compass was slotted alongside the Jeep Patriot. Both the last generation Patriot and Compass were phased out and the newly redesigned Compass was released to join Jeep’s vehicle lineup.
For the 2018 model year, the Compass does get many changes, and all previous trim packages from the 2017 model year carry over. All of the technologies found in the 2017 model year will carry over, as well, for the 2018 model year.
Advanced safety features will continue to be offered on select trim packages or as optional upgrades. These could include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, blind spot detection, and so on.
One of the more notable changes is the option to choose between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive in all trim packages except the Trailhawk®. The Trailhawk® trim package is an exclusive off-road 4×4 option for drivers which features special equipment like tow hooks and a 9-speed automatic transmission with the ability to manually set it into variable speeds as off-road condition require.
Previously, for the 2017 model year, both the Trailhawk® and Limited trim packages were only featured with four-wheel drive. However, for 2018, the Limited will now also be available with a two-wheel drive option.
All trim packages will continue to use Jeep’s 2.4-liter 4-cylinder MultiAir Tigershark engines, which can produce 180 horsepower at 175 pounds per feet of torque. The Compass was upgraded during the redesign with the U-Connect 4C system and 8.4-inch touchscreen display in select trim packages, and this is still offered.
Two-Wheel Drive vs. Four-Wheel Drive
With the ability to choose between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive in all trim packages, except the Trailhawk®, let’s take a look at the differences and when you might want to upgrade. The two-wheel drive system found on Compass trim packages is front-wheel drive.
This means the front wheels essentially pull the back wheels. Front-wheel drive provides sufficient handling for most on-road driving conditions throughout the year. If most of your driving is on paved roads, and you do very little or no off-road driving, then a two-wheel drive Compass is a good choice.
On the other hand, if you want added control and off-road capabilities, then you will want to consider four-wheel drive. With four-wheel drive, each wheel can turn independently of one another, and this is great if you like hitting the off-road trails or have a long, muddy driveway.
Four-wheel drive will also provide better traction on wet and snowy roads. If you want the flexibility to switch between front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, then you want a Compass with four-wheel drive.
To check out the 2018 Jeep Compass and trim packages, or to take one for a test drive, please feel free to stop by your authorized Jeep dealership in Indianapolis, Community Chrysler, or contact us at 765-342-5000 today!