2018 Jeep Compass
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The 5-seater 2018 Compass is both an on- and off-road challenge-tackler that is larger than the Jeep Renegade, intentionally smaller than the Jeep Cherokee, and certainly packs a wallop in terms of capability! With one powerful engine, a choice of 3 transmissions, and dual 4x4 systems, this is a vehicle to quickly write onto the test-drive list! You may notice the arresting grille style which, for 2018, is done in a Gloss Black field with chrome surrounds for each of its independent slots. Match that with a painted Gloss Black roof and you could be accused of excellent design intuition, not that that's a problem! Seats up, it has 27 cubic feet of rear cargo space and when the 60/40 seats are folded down, that increases to nearly 60 cubic feet of space. New for 2018, the Limited models now can be bought in a 4x2 driveline setup, and all 4 models now gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
2018 Jeep Compass at Marlow Motors

Engine Performance

  • 4-mode Selec-Terrain on all models-- Trailhawk has extra Rock mode
  • Trailer-Tow Package brings up to 2,000-lbs towing capacity
  • 2.4-L MultiAir Tigershark engine gets 180-hp and 175 lb.-ft. of torque

Safety Features

  • Seven multistage front driver and passenger airbags (standard)
  • ParkView rear backup camera with active grid lines
  • Choice to add Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection systems

Vehicle Design

  • Sport, Latitude, and Limited can be either 4x2 or 4x4 (Trailhawk is 4x4)
  • Trailhawk has Jeep signature 2 red front tow hooks and 1 rear one
  • Uconnect with screen size options: 5-, 7-, and 8.4-inch

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How is the power and off-road proficiency of the 2018 Jeep Compass?

The 2018 Jeep Compass gets serious under that hood with a 2.4-liter MultiAir Tigershark engine which produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The Trailhawk model places an engine stop-start function in as standard. If you get a 4x4 configuration, you will invest in a custom 9-speed automatic transmission. Otherwise, a 6-speed automatic transmission is deployed in 4x2 models. Still, some owners will opt for a manual 6-speed transmission on either setup, which is also a possibility. All trims wield Jeep Active Drive, which is a full-time 4x4 system that provides assistance in off-roading scenarios (the Trailhawk uses Jeep Active Drive LOW). The 2018 Compass utilizes what Jeep titles "small-wide 4x4 architecture" criteria to gain enhanced wheel articulation and a 4-wheel independent suspension that allows a ground clearance of 8.5-inches.

Could you outline the differences in models?

For starters, the 2018 Jeep Compass has four models: the Latitude, Sport, Limited, and Trailhawk (4x4-only). All models utilize a 13.5-gallon gas tank, quad halogen headlamps, a capless fuel filler, "4x4"-, "Jeep"-, and "Compass"-badges, a removable short mast antenna, and daytime running lights-- all as standard. That standard list continues with some popular internal elements, such as an Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with steering wheel mounted controls, a push-button start, a 3-position height-adjustable load floor, a rear cargo underfloor tray, handles for rear passengers and the driver, a rear seat armrest, dual 12-volt auxiliary power outlets, a temperature display nested in the odometer, and power speed-sensitive door locks. The Limited model has a lone rear exhaust with a dual bright tip. You should know that the Compass can come in several stellar colors, some of which are called Olive Green Pearl Coat, Redline Red Pearl Coat, Spitfire Orange Clear Coat (Sport/Trailhawk models), and Laser Blue Pearl Coat, all of which are among the eleven available colors. Take a moment to discover the well-made Trailhawk model with its red tow-hooks and a best-in-class 4x4 'Trail-rated' title! It is standard with skid plates (over the fuel tank, transfer case, transmission & front suspension) and a full-size spare steel tire. The 1-inch taller (than the other trims) Trailhawk model directs the powers of its Jeep Active Drive LOW 4x4 system, which allows for a standard 20:1 crawl ratio. Off-road enthusiasts will appreciate that the black hood decal is anti-glare matte, so it won't reflect the sun in your eyes while you attempt to get out of a bind. Fitted onto the burly wheels are 17" All-Season On/Off-road tires (215/65R17 BSW), and it has an Auto Stick 9-speed transmission. The Trailhawk model has Hill-descent Control as well as can plow through up to 19-inches of water and has up to 2,000-lb towing capability (with Trailer-Tow Package).

Does the 2018 Compass incorporate robust safety features?

Standard on all models is all-speed traction control, battery run-down protection, rain brake support, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, the Latch system for easy child-seat attachment, ESC, and electronic roll mitigation. Don't forget the also standard features of a ParkView rear backup camera with active grid lines, Hill-start Assist, a tire-pressure monitoring display, and a panic alarm. Also standard on all models are seven multi-stage front driver/passenger airbags, a driver's inflatable knee bolster airbag and supplemental front/rear side-curtain airbags! Purchasable options go further into greatness with the LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist (automatic only), an advanced brake assist with Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, a Remote Proximity Keyless Entry with immobilizer, a Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection system, a Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking (automatic transmission only), and the ParkSense rear park assist feature.

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Jeep Compass

The all-new Jeep Compass is a ferocious lion on the slopes and a steady-eyed sea captain on the freeways! It has a lot of comfortable room for passengers and trail utility, plus has the modern tech to keep you in the loop. A word on the technology as we wrap up: all trims bring inside at least 6-speakers, an Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth function, and a Media Hub. Uconnect and SiriusXM are found inside, and the Uconnect is available in several screen sizes: 5", 7", and 8.4"-- contingent upon model choice and package selections. The 5-inch screen utilizes a handy 'Uconnect 3' while the other screen sizes use 'Uconnect 4', which includes the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The 8.4-inch option can add Navigation too. The SiriusXM Radio, Traffic Plus, Travel Link, and Guardian are all gettable as package elections (SiriusXM Radio is standard on the Trailhawk/Limited trims). It is undoubtedly worth your time to check further into this linebacker of the trails and you can do that anytime with us here at Marlow Motor Company!

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