Tech Spec: 2017 Jeep Compass

Jeep is launching its all-new 2017 Compass this spring. The capable, compact SUV is packed with style and provides exceptional performance in all weather conditions.

The 2017 Jeep Compass is powered by the 2.0-liter I-4 World Gas Engine, which produces 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. An optional 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve dual variable-valve timing engine, which produces 172 horsepower, is available. Optional transmissions include the CVT2 transmission, the Powertech six-speed automatic transmission or the continuously variable transaxle with low range (CVT2L).

The 2017 Jeep Compass is available in three drivetrain configurations: 4X2, Freedom Drive I full-time active 4×4 and Freedom Drive II full-time active 4×4.

Jeep Freedom Drive I 4×4 is an available full-time active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode, designed to give drivers year-round assurance with the ability to handle rough weather and low-traction conditions. The active four-wheel-drive system is recommended for daily use, including slick conditions that come with rain and light snow. Freedom Drive I also features a lockable center coupling, giving drivers the ability to put the vehicle in four-wheel-drive lock mode to handle deep snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces.

The Jeep Freedom Drive II 4×4 Off-road Package is an available four-wheel-drive system that delivers Jeep Trail Rated 4×4 capability. The Freedom Drive II Off-road Package includes a second-generation CVT2L that engages when the off-road mode is activated, 17-inch all-terrain tires and aluminum wheels, a one-inch raised ride height, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and manual seat height adjuster. The Freedom Drive II Off-road Package is recommended for off-road situations that include steep grades, occasional wheel lift and rock or log climbing. The Freedom Drive II Off-road Package delivers a 19:1 overall crawl ratio.

The 2017 Compass is available in five trim levels: Sport, Sport SE, Latitude, High Altitude and 75th Anniversary Edition. The Sport trim level includes such items as a 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine with dual VVT, five-speed manual transmission, 16-inch aluminum wheels, air conditioning, deep-tinted sunscreen glass, electronic stability control and electronic roll mitigation. The Sport SE trim gets 18-inch polished aluminum wheels with mineral gray pockets, mineral gray badging, bezels, roof side rails and fog lamp bezels, heated front seats and premium cloth and vinyl low-back bucket seats. The Latitude trim adds automatic headlamps, power door locks and power windows, as well as heated front seats and heated power exterior mirrors, remote vehicle start and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. The High Altitude trim 4×4 models get a 2.4-liter engine with six-speed automatic transmission, while all High Altitude models get a power sunroof and 17-inch aluminum wheels with granite painted pockets. The 75th Anniversary Edition trim gets low-gloss bronze exterior accents on 4×4 models, while all 75th Anniversary Edition models get low-gloss bronze 18-inch aluminum wheels, power express sunroof, McKinley leather-trimmed seats with ombre mesh seat inserts and Moroccan sun interior accents.

The 2017 Jeep Compass Sport carries a starting MSRP of $19,940, while the top-of-the-line 4×4 75th Anniversary Edition Compass carries a starting MSRP of $27,065.

Servicing the 2017 Jeep Compass

The 2017 Jeep Compass is equipped with an automatic oil change indicator system, which reminds drivers when it is time for maintenance.

Based on engine operation conditions, the oil change indicator message will illuminate. This means that service is required for the vehicle. Operating conditions such as frequent short trips, trailer tow, extremely hot or cold ambient temperatures will influence when the “Change Oil” or “Oil Change Required” message is displayed. Severe Operating Conditions can cause the change oil message to illuminate as early as 3,500 miles (5,600 km) since last reset. Vehicles should be serviced as soon as possible, within the next 500 miles (805 km).

Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km), 12 months or 350 hours of engine run time, whichever comes first.

At every oil change interval as indicated by oil change indicator system:

• Change oil and filter

• Rotate tires

• Inspect battery and clean and tighten terminals, as required

• Inspect brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, hoses and park brake

• Inspect engine cooling system protection and hoses

• Inspect exhaust system

• Inspect engine air cleaner if using in dusty or off-road conditions

Every 4,000 miles (6,500 km):

• Change engine oil if vehicle is operated in a dusty or off-road environment or is operated predominately at idle or only very low engine RPMs

Every two years or 20,000 miles (32,000 km):

• Inspect CV joints

• Inspect front suspension, boot seals, tie rod ends and replace, if necessary

• Inspect brake linings, replace if necessary

• Check park brake function, adjust if necessary

• Replace air conditioning/cabin air filter

Every three years or 30,000 miles (48,000 km):

• Replace engine air cleaner filter

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km):

• Replace spark plugs

Every five years or 50,000 miles (80,000 km):

• Change manual transmission fluid if using vehicle for any of the following: trailer towing, heavy loading, taxi, police, delivery service, off-road, desert operation or more than 50 percent of driving is at sustained high speeds during hot weather

Every six years or 60,000 miles (96,000 km):

• Replace rear drive assembly fluid

• Replace power transfer unit fluid

• Change automatic transmission fluid and filter if using vehicle for any of the following: police, taxi, fleet or frequent trailer towing (CVT only)

• Change automatic transmission fluid if vehicle is frequently driven: on rough or unpaved roads, on mountain roads, on short trips, in heavy city traffic during hot weather or if it is used for police, taxi, fleet or frequent trailer towing (six-speed only)

Every 10 years or 100,000 miles (160,000 km):

• Inspect and replace PCV valve, if necessary

Every 10 years or 150,000 miles (240,000 km):

• Flush and replace engine coolant

Every 12 years or 120,000 miles (192,000 km):

• Change automatic transmission fluid and filter (CVT only)

Fluids & Capacities

Motor Oil: API SAE 5W-20 meeting MS-6395; capacity is 4.5 quarts (4.26 liters)

Coolant: Mopar Antifreeze/Engine Coolant 10 Year/150,000 Mile Formula or equivalent meeting requirements of FCA MS.90032; capacity is 7.2 quarts (6.8 liters)

Automatic Transmission Fluid (CVT): Mopar CVTF+4 Continuously Variable Transmission Fluid or equivalent

Automatic Transmission Fluid (Six-speed): Mopar SP-IV M Automatic Transmission Fluid or equivalent

Manual Transmission Fluid: ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid

Rear Drive Assembly and Power Transfer Unit: SAE 80W-90 API GL 5

Brake Master Cylinder: DOT 3, SAE J1703