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New Jeep Compass looks magnetically good

With styling akin to the Grand Cherokee, the new Compass finds its way in a sea of bland crossovers.

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Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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Welcome to the 2017 Jeep Compass. It looks a lot like a baby Grand Cherokee, and that's not a bad thing. 

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This is the Trailhawk model, so it comes with a revised front end for a better approach angle. 

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The Compass is available in two or four-wheel drive and with the option of a nine-speed or six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.

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Regardless of drivetrain, there is no choice of engine, just the 2.4-liter four cylinder, good for 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque.

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The suspension in the Trailhawk is tuned for off-road, so it's a bit bouncier than normal.

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The Compass can feel ponderous around sharper turns, but that's nothing new for Jeep.

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Bet you didn't think Jeeps could do wheelies!

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The robust 4x4 system includes Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud plus the Trailhawk-exclusive Rock. 

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I love it when GPS systems get the architectural details of Giant's AT&T Park correct. 

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the 2017 Jeep Compass. 

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