The 2022 Jeep Compass is on the smaller end, taking its spot below the Cherokee but above the Renegade. It’s a rival to the likes of the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Hyundai Tucson and stands out with its above-average off-road capabilities.
The latest Compass generation debuted for 2017, but this year’s version gets a host of updates. First among them is a new exterior design and a more refined interior that are reminiscent of what you’d find with the larger Grand Cherokee.
New tech features, such as a revised infotainment system, a larger central touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity, and more standard advanced driver aids, should further bolster this little Jeep’s appeal.
For 2022, Jeep is giving the Compass lineup a host of updates that make it more desirable. Along with a revised front end that looks more upscale, its interior benefits from a new dashboard design and a new tablet-style touchscreen infotainment system with the latest Uconnect software.
A new Latitude Lux trim is now available and comes standard with all-wheel drive, a leather interior, and the new larger touchscreen. The lineup could also add a plug-in hybrid that uses the 4xe (pronounced four by E) moniker.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The four-cylinder engine that powers every Compass is lethargic, and the optional nine-speed automatic transmission is slow to execute shifts. All front-wheel models are equipped with a six-speed automatic. Buyers who choose all-wheel drive will enjoy a variety of terrain-conquering drive modes.
An automatic setting allows the car to direct torque to the wheels as it sees fit, while Snow, Sand, and Mud modes allow varying amounts of wheel slip for improved traction.
Trailhawk models add a low “crawler” gear ratio and a Rock mode, which keeps the Compass in first gear and directs torque only to the wheels that can find grip. The 2022 Jeep Compass feels more agile than its tall, boxy profile would suggest, responding ably to inputs from the nicely weighted steering wheel.
There is some lean during tight cornering, but overall the 2022 Jeep Compass feels well-controlled, solidly planted, and capable on the road.
An off-road course we braved when we first drove the 2022 Jeep Compass revealed that it can hold its own at least over moderate obstacles, and we noticed nary a stumble from the all-wheel-drive system.
The potential 4xe plug-in hybrid will offer an eco-friendly alternative to the regular gas-powered variants. However, we haven’t driven or tested that version yet.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Despite running in a class with several smaller vehicles—including some that are only available with front-wheel drive—the 2022 Jeep Compass is about as efficient as most competitors. The estimates the Compass will earn up to 22 mpg city and 31 highway.
If a plug-in-hybrid variant joins the lineup, it will likely get the best gas mileage, and it should also provide a short all-electric driving range.
The last gas-fed model we ran on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, returned 29 mpg. For more information about the 2022 Jeep Compass’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
With an attractive dashboard and improved features, the 2022 Jeep Compass looks to be an improvement versus the previous model year, which was plagued by nondescript styling and unremarkable interior materials. Plus, its interior is comfortable, functional, and has enough space for four adult passengers.
The back seat is neither the largest nor the smallest of the crossovers in this diverse class. Its high seat bottoms in the back seat mean that passengers’ legs are fully supported, and even long rides can be comfortable.
Despite its boxy exterior and what at first appears to be competitive cargo volume, the 2022 Jeep Compass is not the roomiest of its set. It has enough luggage space for an airport run but long trips could be a squeeze.
The rear seatbacks angle slightly upward when folded, and the last 2022 Jeep Compass we tested held only 17 carry-on suitcases with the seats stowed.
Infotainment and Connectivity
With the latest Uconnect 5 software and a slick tablet-like touchscreen, the 2022 Jeep Compass has a thoroughly modern infotainment system. The standard touchscreen measures 8.4 inches, and a larger 10.1-inch unit is also available.
Along with natural voice recognition and navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are offered on the Compass.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Jeep offers an impressive array of driver-assistance technology on the Compass. For more information about the 2022 Jeep Compass’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED: $28,370 (base price: $25,590)
ENGINE TYPE: SOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection
Displacement: 144 cu in, 2360 cc
Power: 180 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 175 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 9-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Suspension (F/R): struts/struts
Brakes (F/R): 12.0-in vented disc/10.9-in disc
Tires: Continental CrossContact LX Sport, 215/65R-16 93H M+S
Wheelbase: 103.8 in
Length: 173.0 in
Width: 73.8 in Height: 64.6 in
Passenger volume: 101 cu ft
Cargo volume: 27 cu ft
Curb weight: 3470 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 9.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 29.3 sec
Zero to 110 mph: 42.0 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 9.8 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 5.0 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 6.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 17.1 sec @ 82 mph
Top speed (drag limited): 117 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 184 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.79 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
Observed: 21 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY:
Combined/city/highway: 25/22/30 mpg