Consumer Reports Doesn’t Recommend the 2021 Jeep Compass

The 2021 Jeep Compass is a smaller SUV that has some off-road capabilities. It offers four different trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. There is also an Altitude and 80th Anniversary Edition version of the Latitude trim, which leaves many options for buyers. However, Consumer Reports didn’t love this Jeep SUV, but why not?

Is the 2021 Jeep Compass a good car?

Consumer Reports panned the 2021 Jeep Compass
The Jeep Compass was not recommended by Consumer Reports | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Consumer Reports is fairly reasonable when rating new and used cars. The brand uses the same criteria across the board to remain fair. With that said, the 2021 Jeep Compass did not fare well across the board. The overall score for the Jeep Compass was 39 out of 100.

On the road test, the Compass scored a 56 out of 100. The predicted reliability score was two out of five, and the predicted owner satisfaction was one out of five. Things like transmission, braking, and emergency handling scored three out of five. Same for the ride, noise, and overall seat comfort.

One of the bigger issues for the Jeep Compass was related to the safety features. Almost all of the safety features listed are only optional. This includes forward collision warning, emergency braking, lane departure warning, and more. For the price of the Jeep, which is between $24,495 and $31,395, there are many other SUVs that include these options standard.

The Jeep SUV scored a three out of five for fuel economy. The overall mileage came in at 24 mpg. That was 16 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The annual fuel cost was an estimated $1,190.

Does the Jeep Compass have a lot of problems?

Some of the scores do not reflect well for the Compass. The driving experience score from drivers was calculated to be 40 out of 100. The comfort section, which includes seats, noise, and ride, was 48. The value had a similar score of 42. When asked if drivers would purchase the Jeep again, 48% would repurchase.

Consumer Reports found that this SUV lacked in many areas, which might drive buyers to another brand entirely. Even the Trailhawk version, meant for off-roading, missed the mark. “Its raised ride height and red tow hooks are largely for show,” CR noted. Some of the benefits listed include easy-to-use controls and simply having the Jeep name. The lows have been listed already, but the SUV was slow, noisy, rough, and not very agile.

What does Edmunds say?

Edmunds rated the Jeep compass as well but found it a bit more agreeable. The interior was noted as roomy, and the tech was called easy-to-use. Edmunds found the Trailhawk version was competent off-road, which is far off from what CR said.

Overall, the score was 7.3 out of 10. The lowest factor for that was the uncomfortable ride, both inside the vehicle and on the roads. Edmunds recommended the Limited and Trailhawk trim levels if you do plan on purchasing a Compass. Edmunds also recommended the Safety and Security package due to the lack of included safety features.

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