Jeep Compass is both comfortable and affordable compact crossover but also capable of attacking dirt trails. Jeep made significant upgrades on this model and redesigned Compass is the replacement for both the Compass and Patriot models. The Compass rides on Renegade’s stretched platform and sports brand’s new exterior styling. Upgraded tech and safety features also come with the comfortable interior.
You can equip this model depending on your needs in four trim levels and choose between three transmissions and either front- or all-wheel drive. However, if you want to put Jeep’s credibility for off-roading on the test than, you should definitely pick the 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk which comes with the hardware that specialized for rock crawling and muddy trails.
2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk: Design
From the outside perspective, the redesigned Compass features Cherokee-influenced styling. The face of the model adopts Grand Cherokee’s grille design and nice headlights. The model has trapezoidal fender flares and the overall shape is sleeker and more elegant than on the previous version.
However, the 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk differentiates itself with some cosmetic touches but its off-road hardware also affects its look. The model has additional suspension lift of 0.5 inches for improved ground clearance over the on-road versions.
The front and rear bumpers also have unique designs which improve approach and departure angles. The approach angle is 30.3 inches while the break over and departure angles measure 24.4 and 33.6 inches respectively. The Trailhawk version also has unique 17-inch wheels with all terrain tires and thick steel skid plates protecting model’s vital components. Not to forget front and rear red tow hooks and for the finishing touches hood stripping and appropriate badges.
Inside the cabin, the Compass Trailhawk is comfortable and well-trimmed. The cloth or leather upholstery comes in the black tone with contrasting ruby red stitching and seat logos. The front bucket seats provide good body support and are six ways adjustable. The rear seats can accommodate six-footers.
The model also includes the fourth generation Uconnect infotainment system with the 7-inch screen interface. The new Compass also offers the 8.4-inch infotainment version and multi view driver digital instrument cluster.
The safety is also according to the modern standards. However, the collision avoidance systems are optional on all trims.
2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk: Performance
Powering the 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk will be a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine. The power it can deliver is 180 hp and torque reaches 175 lb-ft. This engine the Trailhawk version combines with the smooth nine-speed automatic while Jeep offers two more transmission options for the second-generation Compass.
The 3, 600-pounds Trailhawk should spend about 9.4 seconds for reaching 60 mph while the towing limit is 2, 000 lbs.
What makes the difference for the Trailhawk version is Jeep’s Active Drive Low all-wheel drive system with a 20:1 crawl ratio. The Trailhawk version also includes the 5-mode Terrain Select System with settings for the Auto, Show, Mud, Sand and Rock options.
2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk: Price
The 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk will be available from $29, 690. The base versions will start just above $20k.