Three 2020 Jeep Compass models are shown from the front in front of vibrant orange sunset.

What You Need to Know About the 2020 Jeep Compass

It seems like every year, the good people at Jeep outdo themselves and come out with a new Jeep SUV that is better than even what the most skeptical drivers could hope for. This year is no different, and the 2020 Jeep Compass is that vehicle. Full of great safety features, unbelievable performance, and enough technology to satisfy even constantly connected teenagers, the Compass is sure to impress. And if you’ve had your eye on this great SUV for a while, or just want to know more about it, read on to learn what makes it so great.

A Trim Breakdown

Before we get into too much detail about all of the outstanding features of the Compass, it is worth noting the stunning variety it comes in. There is almost literally a Compass for everyone as the SUV comes in seven different trims. The Sport, or base model, starts at an unbelievably reasonable $22,280 and can be had in one of ten vibrant colors. The Sport also has an option to be either forward drive or all-wheel drive. Under the hood, the Sport boasts a 2.4L engine capable of generating 180 hp and is very fun to drive, given that it has a 6-speed manual transmission. The fuel efficiency is impressive, too, at 26 MPG combined.

The next step up from the Sport is the Latitude, which is basically the Sport but with an automatic transmission. This is the perfect choice for those who feel more comfortable with an automatic but still feel they want a sporty vehicle to conquer mountains with. The Latitude does have a slightly higher price tag, though, starting at $25,870. After the Latitude comes the Sun and Wheel, which also has an automatic transmission and includes a sunroof over both rows of seats. The base price for the Sun and Wheel Compass is $25,765.

The Altitude is the next trim and starts at $27,290, barely higher than the Sun and Wheel. The differences between the two are minimal and basically, amount to a few interior and exterior upgrades on the Altitude. The same is true for the remaining three trims, the Limited, Trailhawk, and High Altitude. Each of these trims sees a few additional features, either on the inside, outside, or in regards to the fit and finish, and of course, come with an increased price tag (ranging from $28,875 for the Limited and peaking at $31,145 for the High Altitude). The only significant difference between any of them is that the Trailhawk is trail-rated and has a 9-speed automatic transmission while the rest are the standard 6-speed. But really, any of the trims are good options; it just depends on your preferences as a driver.

A red 2020 Jeep Compass is shown from the side while driving through a city.

Trailhawk Capabilities

We’ve already looked at some of the performance and capabilities specs of the Compass, but there is so much more, especially when it comes to the Trailhawk trim. This trim is trail-rated and perfect for any adventure or terrain. The Trailhawk performs perfectly even on off-road conditions and boasts sleek maneuverability, fantastic traction, plenty of ground clearance, and water fording capability. If you want adventure, the Trailhawk trim is for you. But let’s now look at some of the more general features that make the Compass an excellent choice.


First impressions are important for any car, truck, or SUV, and that is why the Compass stands out. It has a rugged, athletic look that tells the world adventure is near. With wheel sizes ranging from 16”-19,” the Compass looks powerful too.

But the exterior isn’t just for glamour; the Compass boasts a couple of very functional features as well. With available LED headlamps and taillamps, the Compass literally shines, day or night. Finally, the power liftgate can be opened or closed by the Keyfob to make loading and unloading your camping gear easier than ever. Convenience is a huge part of what makes this vehicle so great.


The stylish, roomy interior of the Compass is nothing short of amazing. With the option to fold part or all of the second row, the cargo room is massive and allows you to bring everything you need on your journey. In the front, the Uconnect 4 infotainment system with 7” touchscreen makes navigation and song selection a breeze—and enjoyable—and if you spring for the Sun and Wheel, the sunroof is breathtaking.

The technology suite on the inside is also just what you would hope for and will not disappoint. The Compass comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can stay connected no matter where you are. And with the Uconnect app, you can remote start your Compass, find where it is, or send directions from your phone to it to help with navigation. The features are almost endless.

Safety, Safety, Safety

Jeep designed every aspect of the Compass for safety. The frame is built from high-strength steel that offers exceptional protection in the event of a crash. The Compass also comes with a litany of well-placed airbags, so no matter where you and your passengers are sitting, you will all be protected if something happens. Plus, the ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera is perfect for helping you get into even the tightest spots and features clearly marked gridlines to help you navigate your way while parking.

Finally, the Compass comes with a list of safety options that make it even safer. Available blindspot monitoring alerts you to cars you can’t see, and ParkSense adds another layer of convenience to the parking experience. And while driving, forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control all help keep you on the straight and narrow and make crashes and collisions even less likely to occur. There is no denying the safeness of the Jeep Compass.

The black interior with red accents inside a 2020 Jeep Compass are shown.

A Four-Pronged Warranty

A final aspect of the 2020 Jeep Compass worth looking at is the four-pronged warranty. While you hope to never have to use it, the warranty is far more than just protection in case something happens to your Compass. The warranty speaks to Jeep’s confidence in their SUV and will give you peace of mind knowing that you are covered if something does happen. In the case of the Compass, the limited warranty is for 3 years or 36,000 miles. The powertrain warranty is even longer and goes up to 5 years or 60,000 miles. The corrosion perforation warranty is 60 months and unlimited miles. Finally, Compass comes with roadside assistance that lasts 60 months or 60,000 miles. With those warranties, you will always have reassurance while driving the Compass.

The 2020 Jeep Compass

With all of these great features, the 2020 Jeep Compass is a truly striking SUV. The sporty, rugged look on the outside communicates adventure while the interior has all the style and functionality you could want. The performance is absolutely outstanding with the Trailhawk trim, and there is no end to the adventures you could have.

All of this comes wrapped inside a highly rated, safe SUV that features many of the latest safety features available. And with its low starting price of $22,280, the Compass is highly affordable as well. If you haven’t made it to your local Jeep dealer for a test drive, now is the perfect time. While all these features look great on paper, they are even more exciting in person, behind the wheel of a Compass of your own. Happy driving.