The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk Uses Ancestry.com & Finds Its Roots

The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk Uses Ancestry.com & Finds Its Roots
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The All-New 2017 Jeep Compass has arrived with some major and much needed updates. With the great success of the Grand Cherokee in recent years it's obvious what Jeep's game plan is; make a mini Jeep Grand Cherokee. 

The new Jeep Compass starts with a total exterior and interior redesign. For the exterior Jeep has opted to go with a more bold, and aerodynamic look like its big brother the Grand Cherokee.  For this review I have the Compass Traihawk which is Trail Rated® and comes with a bevy of add-ons including beefier tires and bright-red tow hooks. It's not just a facelift though, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk® also comes locked and loaded with 4-wheel Independent Suspension, skid plates over its vital organs, and a serious 20:1 crawl ratio for steep grades and off-roading. Different terrain settings for Snow, Sand, Mud, and Rock can be selected to ensure the right grip for the right conditions. The Trailhawk even has enough ground clearance to handle a 33.6° Departure Angle. 

The revamped styling continues throughout the interior with an all new layout, and feel. Most notable is the ability to now get the 8.4 inch UConnect System which comes with Apple CarPlay® and is also Android Auto™ compatible. It takes just seconds to pair a Bluetooth device and overall is pretty easy to use and navigate. The interior also mimics its older sibling by providing a much more refined interior than the previous gen Compass. The Trailhawk has the Leather Seats with Premium Cloth Inserts and red cross-stitching which I really like. I would probably opt for these seats rather than the all leather ones. The cloth inserts keeps you in place while off-roading, and your buns won't get hot crossed when you sit down on a hot summer's day!  Heated seats, and Steering Wheel are also available, which is great for the grueling WNY winters. 

All models of the 2017 Jeep Compass are powered by a 2.4L I4 MultiAir® Engine, and the Trailhawk and Limited Trims come standard with Engine Stop Start and a 9-Speed AT Transmission for added fuel efficiency.  The New Jeep Compass has a combined fuel economy of 26 MPG which isn't bad for a 4WD SUV with All Season Off-Road Tires. 

While all the new technology, and design Jeep has added is nice does it all translate to a better driving experience?  The answer is, absolutely yes! This Small SUV has found its roots again. It's as if the New Compass went on Ancestry.com late one night and found out that its Great Grandpa Willy was a serious off-roader, and now it's decided to channel its ancestral off-road roots. The New Jeep Compass is a lot of fun to drive with its chunky steering wheel strait out of a Grand Cherokee, to its off-road tires and serious ground clearance.  The Jeep DNA is back in the Compass and it's never looking back!