2015 Jeep Compass Walk Around

Imagine the Jeep Grand Cherokee, then downsize it a bit in your mind, and you’ll have the Compass. We think it looks even nicer than the Grand Cherokee because it’s a tidier size.

The Compass hood flaunts a power bulge, above quad reflector headlamps and a chrome-trimmed seven-slot grille. Cladding protects the sheetmetal during off-roading, which the Compass is capable of undertaking. Roof rails and a spoiler are standard, along with 17-inch aluminum wheels on most models (18-inch on the Limited).

All of the pieces fit aesthetically, to create a Jeep that’s smooth, rugged and unmistakable.

Up front, the Compass Sport has a body-color grille with chrome inserts. Other models get a bright mesh grille insert. Lower bodyside cladding is standard on all Compass models, which also feature bright side roof rails.

Grilles on Latitude and Limited models feature plated upper grille trim and mold-in silver-color texture. Halogen headlamps on Sport and Latitude models have black inner bezels. Limited models have projector halogen headlamps, along with chrome foglamp bezels. Taillamps have a smoked-look inner bezel.


We love the simplicity, efficiency, and clean style of the Compass interior and its lack of gimmickry.

The four main instruments, speedometer and tachometer and smaller temperature and fuel gauges, are perfectly placed but are relatively small. Numerals are among the smallest on any vehicle, for no apparent reason, though orange pointers do help. There’s digital information below the speedometer, including mpg, range, and tire pressure. A button on the steering wheel makes it easy to scroll through the data. Controls are well-placed and easy to use.

Well thought out door handles, grab handles, door pockets, armrests, door speakers, center console with cubbies, ceiling scoops for headroom, and a nice tray inserted in the dash over the glove compartment make life better. The shift lever is up on the console out of the way, under the pop-up DVD loader. Just about the only item missing is a dial to tune the satellite radio stations; buttons get there, but only after driver distraction.

Front-seat occupants get plenty of room. Fabric seats are pleasing. The perforated leather upholstery in the Limited is beautiful and expensive feeling, and the bucket seats are comfortable.

Back-seat riders endure somewhat hard seatbacks, but should be satisfied otherwise with decent headroom and legroom. The center rear position would be satisfactory, except for a cupholder console on the floor that restricts foot space.

Cargo space beneath the cargo cover is modest, less than 23 cubic feet. The rear seats are split 60/40 and fold flat easily, to provide 54 cubic feet of cargo space. Reclining rear seats are available, along with a front passenger seat that folds flat, creating either a table or an eight-foot-long space for storage. A space-saver spare tire is neatly stored under the floor.

The one-piece rear liftgate is light, easy to raise and lower. It has panels for structural integrity, and the rear bumper has a non-skid rubber surface for grip when someone needs to step on it to get to the roof.

Overall there’s less cargo space than one might expect, although 54 cubic feet with the rear seats folded isn’t bad. Maybe that expectation is because overall, the Compass feels bigger than it is.

Visibility for the driver is restricted.

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