New engine, standard AWD, updated safety technology, prices and more

The 2023 Jeep Compass enters the new year with a new engine, transmission and powertrain to improve performance. Jeep gave its Compass SUV a mild facelift inside and out for the 2022 model year, but the new turbocharged engine and powertrain for 2023 bode well for the new Compass’ on-road prowess. All of the latest goodies have resulted in a mild price increase, but Jeep makes up for it with more safety tech and new standard features.

2023 Jeep Compass: What’s New?

The 2023 Jeep Compass has finally ditched the punchy and underpowered 2.4-liter inline-four of the previous model to make way for a new turbocharged powerplant. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbo engine that generates 200 horsepower and 221 lb-ft. of torque, a generous hike from the old mill’s 177 horsepower and 172 lb-ft. of torque.

Jeep claims the new turbo engine delivers “outstanding fuel economy” with stop-start technology, lower emissions and faster acceleration without disclosing the actual numbers. The new engine connects to an eight-speed automatic transmission that turns all four wheels using a Jeep Active Drive 4×4 powertrain, now standard on the 2023 Compass lineup. Other changes include new 17-inch wheel designs for lower trim variants and an updated list of advanced safety technologies.

2023 Jeep Compass: 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine.

2023 Jeep Compass Safety Features

Jeep has given the 2023 Compass more standard safety features. The package includes full-speed forward collision warning, active braking, automatic emergency braking, active lane keeping, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic detection. New for 2023 are a drowsy driver detection system, rear seat reminder warning, and automatic high beams standard on Latitude trims and higher.

How much can the 2023 Jeep Compass tow?

The new Jeep Compass has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 lbs. when properly equipped. The addition of standard AWD for the 2023 Compass provides better control and stability when towing heavier loads.

2023 Jeep Compass.
2023 Jeep Compass. Photo: Jeep Brand.

Jeep Compass: Trim Levels and Prices

The 2023 Jeep Compass has five trim variants: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited and Trailhawk. Below is a brief breakdown of each trim’s standard equipment and MSRP. Pricing figures include the $1,595 destination charge. Our free and easy search tools* will narrow down which dealers in your area offer the best prices on a new Jeep Compass.

Compass Sports

The base Compass Sport starts at $31,590, about $1,200 more than the outgoing model. Honestly, the price increase is significant but still worth every penny with the new, more potent turbo engine and standard AWD. The equipment list includes LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, roof rails, heated mirrors, rear air vents, first and second row UB ports and cloth upholstery.

Standard tech features include an 8.4-inch Uconnect 5 infotainment touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Compass Latitude

The Jeep Compass Latitude starts at $33,890 and has more equipment like keyless entry and ignition, fog lights, automatic headlights, 17-inch wheels and leatherette upholstery. Meanwhile, you unlock the Altitude package by choosing the Latitude trim which includes bespoke exterior styling elements.

Compass Latitude LUX

The Jeep Compass Latitude LUX has a base price of $35,290. It is based on the Sport and Latitude trims. It adds a remote engine start, 18-inch wheels, a driver information display, genuine cowhide upholstery, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, and a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen.

Compass Limited

The Jeep Compass Limited starts at $37,090. It has all the standard goodies in the Latitude LUX trim. Still, it has automatic windshield wipers, a black roof, interior lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, and front and rear parking sensors.

Compass Trailhawk

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk starts at $37,340. For the price, you get the most rugged and off-road capable Compass in the lineup. It features a 1-inch factory lift kit, red front and rear tow hooks, 17-inch wheels wrapped in knobby tires, undercarriage skid plates, and a model-specific all-wheel drive with a 20:1 crawl ratio. In addition, it has hill control, a full-size spare tire and a Rock driving mode.

2022 Jeep Compass interior layout.
2023 Jeep Compass interior layout. Photo: Jeep Brand.

Jeep factory warranty

The 2023 Jeep Compass leaves the factory with a three-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. An extended warranty can give you extra peace of mind if you are worried about long-term maintenance costs. This guide to Jeep extended warranties will help you make an informed decision.

Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog columnist and sports and performance car expert. He studied civil aviation, aeronautical engineering and accounting in his younger years and is still very fond of his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music and herbal medicine.

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