The 2020 Jeep Compass puts the Jeep brand within reach of some who might not otherwise be able to afford a new vehicle. With the Jeep name and seven-slot grille, the Compass has serious off-road abilities. At the same time, it includes some very un-Jeeplike attributes like its transversely mounted engine and front-drive-oriented platform.
While that might imply that the Compass isn’t a ”real Jeep,” Jeep engineers have gone out of their way to give the Compass off-road capabilities its competitors can’t match. Of course, it should be emphasized that off-roading is only part of the Compass’s repertoire. If you have a lengthy commute but still want to drive a Jeep, the Compass is a good solution. As compact SUVs go, there are less expensive choices and there are choices that have better on-road manners. But as an all-around small SUV that can seriously go off-road, the Compass has no peer.