Jeep Compass points toward capability and comfort

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2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4x4
• Small SUV, 4WD
• 2.4L inline-4 MultiAir engine
• 9-speed automatic transmission
• Engine Stop Start
• Cold Weather Group: heated front seats, heated steering wheel, windshield wiper de-icer
• 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment center with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
• Remote start
• 19” of water-fording
• Off-road suspension, skid plate, Selec-Terrain System
• 5 Year/60k Powertrain Limited Warranty. 3 Year/36k Basic Limited Warranty
• 25 mpg (22/30 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $32.1k, pictured
As always, check with dealer for details

It isn’t just the bright color that made the 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk from Grand Junction Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram that I drove this week. It’s a sleek, stylish vehicle inside and out, all the better because it comes with Jeep design and Trailhawk toughness.
Granted, I may be partial because it reminds me of one of my favorite G.I. Joe vehicles from the 80’s, but I can safely say my action figures were never as comfortable in that cabin as I was in this Jeep’s.
Granted, there’s no button for a reciprocating turret on the back (like my old toy), but the Compass seats more people and even provides a place to store your accessories in the cargo compartment- the action figures had to pile theirs into their laps…
While it’s not the largest Jeep on the road, the Compass has plenty of interior room for its class, and the seat and steering wheel adjusted nicely enough that at 6’10”, I barely noticed the size.
The Trailhawk is the top trim level and the cabin is smartly designed with color accents, ambient lighting, leather accents with stylish red stitching. 
The vehicle is technologically savvy with easy on-steering wheel controls and plenty of connectivity options including Apple CarPlay and (my favorite) the intelligent Android Auto capability.
As an interesting note, the navigation system on the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen has something up even on Google Maps: it has far more dirt trails and borderline off-road locations.  Google Maps stops at Trail Through Time point of interest, but the onboard nav system continues to the network of trails around the Rabbit Valley area, for example.
You can imagine how useful this is for a Jeep.
Built with a unibody frame, even the Trailhawk Compass isn’t a true boulder-climber (for that you’d want the body-on-frame Jeep Wrangler), but it more than makes up for it with a very comfortable ride on city roads and highways, and yes, even dirt roads. 
That’s not to say it doesn’t handle adverse conditions.  The Trailhawk trim level is toughened up and built for handling what dirt can throw: with the Selec-Terrain system, you can adapt the car, adjusting the throttle, 4WD system, braking, torque and even gearing for the terrain or condition you choose.
The Trailhawk trim can even ford up to 19 inches of water, if necessary, according to Jeep’s website.
It also has more features for those that like to push their capabilities. Handy tow-hooks are built right in on the bumpers, and it includes skid plates in case you misjudge the already impressive ground clearance.
Getting back to the highway, the Compass also has one more great feature: an EPA mileage rating of 30 miles per gallon: on a vehicle that carries the Jeep “Trail-Rated” designation.
The 2018 Jeep Compasses are showing up on the lot now at Grand Junction Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.  With efficiency, comfort, capability, style and fun in a sharply designed package, the Compass is a car that’s a great fit for casual adventurers and adventurous commuters alike.

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