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Compass: mpg, $$$

by David Zatz on

Pricing and gas mileage for the new 2017 Jeep Compass (as opposed to the old 2017 Jeep Compass, which is still at dealers) has just been released. Every Compass uses a 2.4 liter engine (the older model had a 2.0 as well).

The best mileage, an impressive 23 city/32 highway, comes with the six-speed manual transmission and front wheel drive. Going to the all wheel drive version, though, doesn’t hurt much — stripping off 1 mpg from both numbers.

Automatic buyers can find two transmissions. Front drivers get a six-speed, yielding 22 city, 31 highway — the same as the AWD manual. As for AWD automatics, they have nine speeds and yield a respectable 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway.

The base price of the old 2017 Compass was $19,940; the new Compass Sport starts at $20,995, but comes much better equipped.  Add $1,500 for AWD.

2018 jeep compass trailhawk

Buyers stepping up to the well-equipped Latitude, which is probably going to be the volume seller, will pay $24,295 whether they want FWD or AWD.  Moving up to the Limited adds $4,700 to the ticket — and AWD is the only option ($28,995).

The Compass Trailhawk is the only truly off-road-capable car in the set, as the bearer of serious skid plates (and various aids to mobility). This Compass starts at $28,595 and, as one would expect, is AWD only.

All prices exclude the mandatory $1,095 destination charge. The Compass has reportedly started production, but shipping from Toluca, Mexico will start next week. The top model is a fully optioned Limited — $34,695.

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