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There are plenty of excellent features about the tiny but mighty Jeep Compass to consider. However, there is no such thing as a perfect compact SUV. The 2023 Jeep Compass is a lot better than it used to be, but there are still three potential drawbacks to consider. 

Is the 2023 Jeep Compass worth buying? 

The 2023 Jeep Compass off-roading to show it's above average capabilities
2023 Jeep Compass | Stellantis

Yes, this Jeep is worth buying. While the 2023 Jeep Compass has plenty of power, off-roading upgrades, an upscale interior, and an efficient turbocharged engine, there are still a few areas where improvements could be made. So, we will jump right in. 

The possible 2023 Jeep Compass issues include: 

  1. A tight backseat 
  2. It’s expensive compared to rivals 
  3. It’s a little loud and bumpy 

So, how much does the 2023 Jeep Compass cost? It starts at $29,995 before the $1,595 destination fee is added. It technically doesn’t start under $30,000 like the 2023 Honda CR-V, and it’s $28,400 MSRP. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 starts at $27,975 before the $1,335 destination fee. 

However, the Compass does have standard AWD to boost its value. It’s also worth noting that the off-roading RAV4 trims can keep up with the Compass. 

The Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester have more passenger space. The backseat in the Compass is tight for adults and makes it difficult to install child seats. 

It has less cargo space as well. The Compass provides 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear and up to 59.8 cubes. The RAV4 has 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and up to 68.9 cubes overall. 

The 2023 Compass is stiff and rigid. This isn’t surprising for an off-roading-oriented vehicle, but rivals have a smoother performance. Also, the interior is pretty loud at highway speeds. Now let’s focus on the good stuff! 

The 2023 Compass isn’t short on power 

The 2023 Jeep Compass has a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.6 seconds. 

With the 2023 Toyota RAV4, you get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It can reach 60 mph in about 9.1 seconds. But the RAV4 can tow up to 3,500 lbs, and the Compass maxes out at 2,000 lbs. The Renegade can also only tow up to 2,000 lbs.

Thanks to its power and build, the Compass is the off-roading leader in its segment. The Compass Trailhawk has a suspension lift, 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, skid plates, recovery hooks, hill descent control, and unique off-roading modes for rock climbing and low-range gearing. 

The Compass has tons of value 

The 2023 Jeep Compass interior has high value
2023 Jeep Compass interior | Stellantis

Rivals like the Ford Bronco Sport might seem a little bare-bones compared to the 2023 Jeep Compass. It has a standard 4×4, 10.1-inch infotainment screen, LED headlights, roof rails, an adjustable cargo floor, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster, and USB ports in each row. 

Standard safety features include forward collision mitigation, lane departure mitigation, blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, driver attention warning, and rear seat reminder. 

Moving up in trim levels provides access to premium leather-upholstery, soft-touched covered materials, ambient lighting, a wireless charging pad, 360-degree camera views, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, a 120-volt outlet, built-in navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and ventilated seats. 

The interior is plush and durable, with optional rubberized all-season weather mats. It has a strong build quality and an attractive design. The dual-tone leather pops with red accent stitching. 

While the Compass gets expensive in a hurry and lacks interior space, it’s sporty and offers a premium interior with advanced tech and unmatched off-roading capabilities. Do you think it’s segment leader?