When the first version of the Jeep Compass was introduced, it caused a bit of a stir in the Jeep community. Rejecting the bulky frame people usually associate with Jeeps, the 2007 Compass had a sleeker body and smaller size. While Jeep traditionalists balked, average consumers were less puritanical and the Compass became a hit.
Now that we’re in the era of the crossover vehicle, the Compass seems less like an oddity and more like an innovation that was ahead of the curve. It’s appropriate that a new and improved version of the Compass, the 2017 Compass Trailhawk, has arrived at dealerships. If you have any interest in crossover vehicles, the Compass Trailhawk is a fantastic choice of vehicles. Here’s why our Bloomington Jeep team is in love with the latest version of the Compass.
An Improvement in Every Way
The 2007 version of the Jeep Compass was an important innovation in many ways, and it set the trend for Jeep’s line of smaller, crossover compact vehicles like the popular Jeep Renegade. The 2017 Compass Trailhawk has a frame similar to the Renegade but slightly longer. At 173.0 inches in length, the 2017 Compass is slightly larger than the Renegade but smaller than the Patriot, one of Jeep’s other crossover vehicles.
Despite the small decrease in length, the 2017 Compass Trailhawk still has an outdoor, sporty look that its predecessor lacked, making it the perfect middle ground between the traditional Jeep and the new breed.
The 2017 Compass Trailhawk comes with a 180-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission with driver-selectable all-wheel-drive. This is an upgrade from most small crossover vehicles, giving the vehicle a boost in power and more road-worthiness than most crossovers of its size.
The Compass Trailhawk also handles better on the road, thanks to its raised frame (8.5 inches above ground clearance), skid plates, and crawl mode—a special setting that locks the transmission in first gear.
Changing gears is also easier and smoother than previous Jeep vehicles using the same transmission—a welcome change for drivers, for sure. Speaking of transmission, drivers are given three different options: the standard nine-speed that comes with all versions of the Compass, an optional six-speed Aisin automatic for front-wheel-drive versions, and a six-speed manual for both the base Sport and the Latitude trims.
Another benefit of the 2017 Compass Trailhawk is its increased cabin size. Both the front and rear seats provide plenty of head and legroom, and rear passenger seats are equipped with USB ports and a 115-volt AC outlet on the center panel. For the driver, there’s an impressive 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen and easy to use knobs that make changing settings a breeze, even when operating the vehicle.
The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk finds the perfect balance between Jeeps of old and the new, more modern crossover vehicles the company specializes in. Want to try one for yourself? Contact Community Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Bloomington today at 812-331-3200.