What's New for 2013:
- Improved fuel economy, according to Jeep
- Two additional exterior paint colors
The 2013 Jeep Compass is a 5-passenger compact crossover SUV available with front-wheel drive (2WD) or a choice of two 4-wheel-drive (4WD) systems, including a full-time 4WD system with low range and a raised suspension for tackling more rigorous terrain.
Three trim levels are available for the 2013 Jeep Compass: Sport, Latitude and Limited. Standard equipment includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, power heated exterior mirrors, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, and a roof rack.
With the rear seats in use, the 2013 Jeep Compass can accommodate up to 22.7 cubic feet of cargo, and as much as 53.6 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. The optional fold-flat front passenger seat gives the Compass 62.7 cubic feet of cargo area.
The base Compass Sport is equipped with air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, rechargeable and removable flashlight, and an outside temperature indicator.
Options for the 2013 Jeep Compass Sport include 4WD, continuously variable transmission (CVT), and a larger, more powerful engine. An upgraded stereo system includes satellite radio, USB port, CD changer, Bluetooth calling and music streaming, as well as a mobile Wi-Fi connection. Front-seat side-impact air bags are also optional on this trim level.
The 2013 Jeep Compass Latitude comes standard with a CVT, remote engine starting, heated front seats, fold-flat front passenger seat, and a 115-volt power inverter.
The Compass Latitude offers an optional power sunroof, hard-drive entertainment system with an in-dash touch screen, DVD player, and a premium sound system with articulating tailgate speakers. A Trailer Tow Prep Group option package is available only on Compass models equipped with the 2.4-liter engine, and it provides a 2,000-pound towing capacity, full-size spare tire, and an engine oil cooler.
The Compass Limited is equipped with a power driver seat, automatic climate control, and a hard-drive entertainment system with an in-dash touch screen. The Limited also has 4-wheel-disc brakes (replacing the standard rear drums) and 18-inch alloy wheels. Exclusive options for the Limited include a navigation system, Sirius Travel Link service, and 18-inch chrome wheels.
Features such as all-terrain tires, tow hooks, and skid plates may be added to any Compass at additional cost.
Under the Hood
The Compass Sport and Compass Latitude trims equipped with front-wheel drive offer a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The Sport trim comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the Latitude trim is equipped with a CVT optional on Compass Sport. The Compass Limited and all 4WD models have a 172-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.
There are two different 4WD systems offered on the 2013 Compass. The Freedom Drive I system is essentially an all-wheel-drive system. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group option includes the 2.4-liter engine and a more robust 4WD system, along with tow hooks, full-size spare tire, hill-descent control, brake traction control, and the ability to ford water up to 19 inches deep, according to Jeep.
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Jeep Compass are:
- Compass 2.0-liter 2WD with manual transmission: 23/30/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Compass 2.0-liter 2WD with automatic transmission: 22/28/24 mpg
- Compass 2.4-liter 2WD with manual transmission: 22/28/24 mpg
- Compass 2.4-liter 2WD with automatic transmission: 21/27/24 mpg
- Compass 2.0-liter 4WD with manual transmission: 22/28/24 mpg
- Compass 2.4-liter 4WD with automatic transmission: 21/26/23 mpg
- Compass 2.4-liter with Freedom Drive II 4WD: 20/23/21 mpg
Standard safety equipment for the 2013 Jeep Compass includes front and side curtain air bags, traction control, stability control with electronic roll mitigation technology, anti-lock brakes, and hill-start assist. Front-seat side-impact air bags are optional, as are hill-descent control and a tire-pressure monitor that measures inflation rates in each tire. As this overview was written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Jeep Compass.