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2.0L DOHC 16V engine

Compass offers an efficient 158-horsepower 2.0L DOHC 16V four-cylinder engine capable of delivering a powerful 141 pound-feet of torque. Matched to a five-speed manual 4x2 transaxle or an available CVT2 automatic transmission, it comes with a convenient oil change monitoring system.

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2.4L DOHC 16V engine

Compass also offers an available 2.4L World Engine with 172 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with the available, smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission, it provides up to 28 hwy mpg+. When properly equipped, the versatile Compass vehicle becomes capable of towing+ up to 2,000 pounds. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard.

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2016 Jeep Compass DOHC Engine
2016 Jeep Compass Freedom Drive II

Unsurpassed off-road capability+

Freedom Drive IThis system provides you with active, full-time 4x4 capability with Brake Traction Control and selectable LOCK mode. Freedom Drive I features an Electronically Controlled Coupling that monitors wheel slippage and transfers torque to the axle that can use it most. In tough conditions, it can be locked 50/50 front/rear for added low-speed capability and control.

Freedom Drive II®This system takes Freedom Drive I and adds a selectable locking Off-Road mode with Hill Descent Control along with grade-sensing features and a boost to the crawl ratio. When not in low-speed Off-Road LOCK mode, torque is adjusted on demand for added response and efficiency. This system’s capability and control handles difficult road situations both on- and off-road, including deep snow, mud and up to 19 inches of water+. Included with Freedom Drive II® Off-Road Group.

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BadgeTrail Rated® for the tough trails

The Jeep® Compass has unsurpassed off-road capability+, and the Trail Rated® badge signifies that any vehicle bearing it has been tested to perform in the following five off-road conditions: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording+. The Freedom Drive II® Off-Road Group is also available when you're ready to take off-roading+ to the next level.Jeep Trail Rated Videos

2016 Jeep Compass Snow Terrain Capable

Control on higher ground

Available Hill Descent Control helps monitor throttle, speed and braking on Compass when you need it most, while Hill Start Assist keeps brakes applied for a short time after you've removed your foot from the brake to give you time to accelerate. And for exceptional handling, Compass also has a four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson strut front and a multilink rear.

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All-Weather Group

2016 Jeep Compass All Weather Group

Being prepared can make all the difference. For added all-weather capability on Compass 4x4, choose the available All-Weather Capability Group.

Tow hooks

2016 Jeep Compass Tow Hooks

Available heavy-duty forged steel tow hooks are perfect for helping pull less-capable vehicles out of ditches and include two front-mounted and one rear-frame mounted tow hooks.

Skid plates

2016 Jeep Compass Skid Plates

Skid plates help protect the underside of your vehicle from off-road rocks and on-road debris. Available with the
Freedom Drive II® Off-Road Group.

Up to 2,000 pounds of towing capability+

Compass can tow up to 2,000 pounds of Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight when properly equipped with the available Trailer Tow Prep Group or the Freedom Drive II® Off-Road Group. This tow rating is useful for hauling everything from folding camp trailers to trailers for small boats, motorcycles and snowmobiles.

Small Trailers 1,000 lbs
Motorcycles 1,000 lbs
Folding Camping Trailers 2,000 lbs
Small Boats 2,000 lbs
  • pentastar2.0L DOHC 16V dual VVT engine
    158 hp
    141 lb-ft of torque
    Five-speed manual transmission

    1,000 lbs
  • eco diesel2.4L DOHC 16V dual VVT engine
    172 hp
    165 lb-ft of torque
    Six-speed automatic transmission

    2,000 lbs
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