Sitting on a pedestal in the Jeep exhibition at the ongoing Canadian International Autoshow (CIAS) is the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.
The red model may be fenced off from the general public, but a black Trailhawk and Limited 4x4 are accessible on the showroom floor just waiting for you to get up close and personal with.
On paper, the Compass is an urban explorer with superior off-road capabilities and it lives up to that expectation in person. The Trailhawk’s 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir engine with ESS is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and Jeep’s Active Drive Low 4x4 system. Standard equipment includes a set of 17-inch aluminum wheels, black interior accents with red stitching, trail rated off-road suspension, leather wrapped steering wheel, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, hill descent control and more.
Luckily, the Limited and Trailhawk models were left unlocked and we had a chance to sit inside and test out the passenger ergonomics.
The bolstered seats in front are wide and comfortable with red accent stitching throughout the Trailhawk’s cabin. Rear passengers should have ample leg room if you take into account the space under the front seats and there’s two to three inches of space between my head and the roof. Granted I am five-foot-six so taller passengers may not fit as comfortably as me.
The center console is well organized with a drive mode selector knob that offers available settings including Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud. There’s also a Rock mode but that’s exclusive to the Trailhawk model.
There’s a lot going for the 2017 Compass including soft touch plastics, plenty of USB and outlets, and space under the cargo floor for emergency tools and perhaps a small spare tire. One small gripe I do have with the new Compass is the limited rear visibility which could be remedied by removing the rear seat headrests.
Other than that, the new 2017 Jeep Compass is worth a trip to the Canadian International Autoshow if you happen to be in Toronto before the 26th.
2017 Jeep Compass CIAS Album