What is a Compass? A Compass is a compact SUV built in the Stellantis assembly plant in Toluca, Mexico, and sold in the U.S. and Canada by Jeep. Compass is a capable SUV, and it’s loaded with tech and driver assistance features, even in the base model. Now it comes standard with four wheel drive; which makes the 2023 Jeep Compass a pretty capable off roader that you can drive to the trail right off the showroom floor.
The new Compass offers a dynamic range of features that impact nearly every aspect of your adventure, including a sophisticated cabin, legendary capability, the best comfort, technology, safety and security features available on any compact 4×4 today.
Compass also has a wide range of trim levels, as well as distinctive configurations, across the lineup in 7 different models, which are: Sport, Latitude, Latitude Lux, Altitude, Limited, Trailhawk and the top of the line model, the High Altitude Edition.
This week Jeep sent me a 2023 Compass High Altitude 4×4 SUV to test drive and review with a base window sticker price of $35,495. The options on the test Jeep are: the billet metallic clear coat paint for $495, the High Altitude package for $2,845 and the Elite interior group package for $1,645. The MSRP manufactures suggested retail price, including the $1,595 destination and delivery charge, is: $42,075.
After adding in the state and local sales tax, plus the DMV and dealer fees, the out the door and in your garage total purchase price came to: $47,335. At just over $47 Grand you have a top of the line compact Jeep with all the options that you can buy for less than the competition. Plus you get to drive a Jeep and be part of the cool car crowd.
Power comes from a 2.0L liter turbocharged inline 4 cylinder gas engine with 200 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s bolted to an 8 speed automatic transmission, routed into a 4×4 all wheel drive traction control system with power assisted anti-lock braking. Gas mileage is respectable at 24 MPG city and 32 MPH on the highway.
The High Altitude package includes: body color side fascias and wheel flares, a set of 19″ aluminum satin granite crystal painted alloy wheels with BSW black side wall 235/45 R19 all season tires, a full suite of premium LED exterior lighting, a 10.25″ full color driver dashboard cluster, Uconnect 5 with a 10.1″ center stack touch screen display panel with Alexa built in and voice commands, a dual pane panoramic sun roof and an Alpine premium sound system that delivers your mixed tapes through a 12 channel, 506 watt amplifier with 9 speakers into a booming rear cargo area mounted 8″ subwoofer.
The Elite Interior Group adds a driver’s seat with memory, 8 way power adjustable front seats, 2 way power adjustable lumbar front seats, ventilated and heated front seats, a set of second row USB type A and C power ports and a foot activated power rear tailgate.
I like the Jeep Compass for its roomy interior, strong engine and standard all wheel drive, with Jeep infused style. And what does the tag line “Go Anywhere” for Jeep mean?
For more than 82 years the Jeep brand has been linked to freedom, adventure, and passion. Jeep’s DNA values are embodied in every Jeep they build, since 1941. Jeep owners have learned that – Go Anywhere – is really a way of life, not just a slogan.
Call, click or visit your local Jeep dealer for a test drive, and a Bottom Line price review, on a 2023 Compass High Altitude 4×4 SUV. And remember that the base price for a new Compass starts at only $28,400. Jeep – Go Anywhere – Do Anything – Since 1941.
Just a note on current new vehicle sales prices. According to Kelley Blue Book, the total average price paid for a new vehicle this year is 1.6% higher than a year ago. Now the average transaction sales price is at $48,808, as of June 2023, and that’s up by 0.3 %, and $150 more, than the average sales price record of $48,658, that was just set in May, 2023.
Average transaction sale prices just keep going up, month over month, no matter what the interest rates are, how tight the credit market is, or how many models are available to buy. That means that the average new vehicle buyers budget is climbing higher everyday, and getting closer to $50,000. Maybe it’s time to get your new car, truck or SUV soon.
Be smart, stay safe, and just breathe. Remember, You Are What You Drive, and just for those reasons alone, you should Drive one, Buy one, Today. Have a great day, take care, drive safely, and enjoy the ride – Tony the Car Guy.
This Bottom Line new vehicle review is a Nut & Bolt and Dollars & Sense editorial provided by Tony Leopardo. Tony the Car Guy is an automotive writer, editor and publisher in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you have a question, or comment for Tony, send it to email@example.com and visit AutoWire.Net at www.autowire.net