Are you in the market for a subcompact crossover with powerful off-roading chops? If you answered yes, then you are in luck! The new 2021 Jeep Compass has everything you need for both daily driving and adventures into the wild. There is a lot to love about this lively ride, but here are 13 of our favorite things that the 2021 Jeep Compass has to offer.
13- A Robust Powertrain
No matter which trim level you choose, every 2021 Jeep Compass comes equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine under the hood. Producing 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque, this powertrain is fitted with front-wheel drive. However, you can opt for four-wheel drive if you plan on taking this petite beast off-roading. Front-wheel drive models use a 6-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive models are partnered with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Keep in mind that the Trailhawk trim level is only available with four-wheel drive, but the other trims have the option of either one. This is because the Trailhawk is made to dominate various types of terrain with ease.
Before moving on, let’s look at a few more performance-based numbers. The 2021 Jeep Compass can tow up to 2,000 pounds, which is outstanding for a subcompact model. Most other vehicles in this class can only manage to pull up to 1,500 pounds at best. Also, you can expect to enjoy a high fuel economy set at about 25 miles per gallon combined with both front-wheel and four-wheel drive.
12 – Blind Spot Monitoring
The 2021 Jeep Compass Limited also includes several safety upgrades. One of these is Blind Spot Monitoring. Using side-mounted cameras and sensors, this function will detect when another driver enters your blind spot. SUVs tend to have large blindspots in general, so this is a great feature to let you know when it is unsafe to change lanes.
11 – Rear Cross Path Detection
Working in unison with Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection uses sensors and cameras in the back to detect when a moving obstacle passes behind you. This is only active when the Compass is traveling in reverse. You won’t have to worry about causing a fender bender or running over a rogue skateboard ever again.
10 – Lanesense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
Also included on the higher 2021 Jeep Compass trims is the Lansense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist. This advanced function will monitor where you are on the road and make minor steering adjustments to ensure that you do not drift outside your designated lane. It’s ideal for long road trips when driver drowsiness is an issue.
9 – Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking
Next, we have the Full-Speed Collision Warning with Active Braking that can determine if you are approaching a vehicle or obstacle in front of you too rapidly. If it senses another vehicle directly in your path, it will alert you to take evasive action. If you are and do nothing, the system will trigger the emergency brakes to slow or even stop the Compass if necessary.
8 – Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
The final safety feature that I will discuss in this list is Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go. This is a fan-favorite feature. It enables you to choose your desired speed limit and following distance. If the flow of traffic begins to slow down, the system will automatically slow your vehicle down to match with the pace. You won’t have to worry about rear-ending another vehicle during rush hour.
7 – A Climate Control System
One of the best comfort features that come standard on all 2021 Jeep Compass models is the automatic dual-zone climate control system. This works in the front of the cabin. The driver and the front passenger can set their own temperatures based on their preferences. For example, if you pick up your spouse from the gym, they can set the A/C to be cooler than you may like without bothering you. In other words, they can cool off while you remain at your desired temperature. This will help keep everyone cozy, and it will also help to prevent unnecessary fights.
6 – Heated Elements
If you are looking for a version of the 2021 Jeep Compass that is more luxurious, then you should spring for the mid-level Limited trim. Featuring leather upholstery, heated front seats, and power-adjustability for the driver’s chair, this model exudes elegance. Even the leather-wrapped steering wheel is heated to keep your fingers warm in the winter.
5 – Multiple Charging Points
With the advanced infotainment system comes plenty of charging points located throughout the cabin. These come in the form of USB ports that you can use to charge your phone or tablet. No one wants to get stuck with a dead battery, and with so many charging areas, your passengers won’t have to fight over who’s turn it is to charge their device.
4 – A Stellar Stereo
On the base trim, the 2021 Jeep Compass comes with a standard 6-speaker sound system. This is better than other entry-level models in this class since they usually only come with four speakers. If you want a better stereo, you can always opt for the premium Alpine system. It comes with 9 speakers that have been strategically placed throughout the interior for optimized sound.
3 – An Advanced Infotainment System
One of the best things about the 2021 Jeep Compass is that it comes with an incredible infotainment system on every trim level. Even the base model includes a large 7-inch touchscreen that serves as the interface for the system. Bluetooth connectivity enables hands-free calling, text messaging, and audio streaming. Plus, advanced smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is the cherry on top. You can stream your online playlist from Spotify, listen to YouTube videos, access Maps, and so much more. Also, if you get the Limited trim level or higher, the touchscreen will be even bigger at 8.4-inches.
2 – A Designated Off-Roading Trim
If you are looking for a subcompact crossover that is ideal for wild adventures, then the 2021 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the way to go. As mentioned before, it comes only with four-wheel drive for better traction on jagged terrain. It is also equipped with off-roading tires for enhanced grip, and the suspension has been raised to help prevent damage to the underside. Protective skid plates have been installed to further prevent damage from rocks, and hill descent control is available to help you go down steep declines. Finally, tow hooks have been added so that you can pull your friend’s vehicle out of the mud when they get stuck.
1 – Available Add-Ons
If all that wasn’t enough, I will end this list with the available add-ons you can opt for. First, you can get xenon headlights for optimized visibility and a more aggressive exterior style. A power liftgate can also be installed to assist with loading cargo into the back. You may opt for a sunroof as well if you enjoy letting a bit of nature inside the cabin. Finally, you can get a navigation system to help you find the quickest route to your desired destination. Customize your Compass to be the Jeep you want and the Jeep you need.