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New Jeep Compass looks like a smaller Grand Cherokee

The new Jeep Compass takes the place of the former Compass and Patriot, while modernizing the legendary brand's direction.

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Jeep came out with an all-new version of its Compass model, replacing both the previous Compass and Patriot models.

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The new Compass is relatively compact, coming in under the size of a typical small SUV, and aimed at a global market. In size, it fits between the Renegade and Cherokee.

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The new Compass looks similar to the Grand Cherokee, which combines traditional Jeep elements with a modern SUV design.

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As with new Jeep models, the Compass can be had at different equipment levels taking it from lesser to greater offroad capability.

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In full Trailhawk trim, pictured here, the Compass proves very capable on offroad trails.

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On the road, the Compass' cabin lets a lot of wind noise through, and its engine feels like it struggles with hard acceleration.

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Although the Compass can be optioned with forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control is not available.

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With its uni-body design, the Compass comes in front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive.

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Integrated roof rails extend cargo capability, but any load on top will impact aero efficiency.

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In the US, the Compass only comes with a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine, good for 180 horsepower.

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Jeep says the four-wheel-drive version of the Compass rates a tow-load of 2,000 pounds, enough for some smaller recreational equipment.

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In lower trims, you can get the Compass with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while a nine-speed automatic transmission is available at higher trims.

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