Jeep unveiled the 2018 Compass originally in Brazil in September while its North American debut was at the Los Angeles auto show in November. The next-generation Compass -- which is to be built for North America in Mexico, instead of its current home in Illinois -- replaces both the existing Compass and the Jeep Patriot in the brand’s U.S. lineup. Here’s what people are saying about the Jeep Compass.
“The Compass is instantly recognizable as a Jeep. If you mated a Grand Cherokee and a Cherokee, you might get this youngster; it has styling cues from each model in its side character lines and squared wheel openings. It sits wide with muscular haunches and has a Cherokee-like kicked-up beltline, but it eschews that model's eccentric headlight design for a seven-slot Jeep grille and headlights more like the Grand Cherokee.”
-- Fred Meier, Cars.com
“Jeep finally thinks it has a Compass that points true north. When the compact crossover first debuted alongside the Patriot for the 2007 model year, it was all wrong. The original Compass didn't look like a Jeep, didn't have any off-road credibility, and wasn't remotely fun to drive. It was, by all accounts, a failure. A mid-cycle refresh helped matters in 2011, and the addition of a six-speed automatic to replace the unloved CVT made 2014 and later models the best of the breed. Until now, that is.”
-- Jeremy Korzeniewski, Autoblog