3 Advanced Off-Roading Features of the 2018 Jeep Compass

October 19th, 2018 by

The Jeep Compass is a compact SUV that’s just a bit smaller than its Cherokee counterpart. It also benefits from a lower sticker price without sacrificing much in terms of off-roading capabilities compared to larger options in the Jeep lineup. These are some of the off-roading features and trims available for the 2018 Compass.

Best Compass Trims for Off-Roading

The new Compass is available in four trims: Sport, Latitude, Altitude, and Limited. The base model gets a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine, and the other three trims get a 2.4-liter I4 M-Air engine. The Sport can be upgraded to come with the 2.4-liter I4 M-Air engine. Both engines are exceptional, especially when paired with the right transmission.

The best off-road capabilities, however, come with the Compass Trailhawk, which is a limited edition. With the 2.4–liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission in this Jeep, you get 180 horsepower, 175 pound-feet of torque, and a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. The Trailhawk also has a 20:1 crawl ratio and gets several exclusive features that make it an exceptional off-road option. This includes the following:

  • The Selec-Terrain Traction Management System.
  • The Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 System.
  • Ruby red tow hooks.
  • Underbody skid plates.
  • Enhanced approach and departure angles.
  • Greater ground clearance compared to the other Compass trims.

These features help the Trailhawk stand out as your obvious choice if you’re concerned about traversing snow, sand, mud, rock, and other off-road terrain. In fact, these upgrades make the Trailhawk the Best-in-Class for 4×4 capability. The other Compasses in the lineup are off-road capable, but they come standard with a front-wheel-drive system and don’t have access to some of the upgrades listed above.

Available Tech Under the Compass

The available 4×4 technology under each Compass helps this vehicle excel as an off-roader. This adds the following to your vehicle:

  • Off-road differentials, which adjusts your vehicle’s performance to maximize power and traction when needed.
  • Front sway bar disconnect system, which disconnects the front sway bar when driving under 18 miles per hour and in 4 Low mode. This improves the Jeep’s articulation.
  • Skid plates, which protects the undercarriage from rocks and other hazards.

Jeep Active Drive/Jeep Active Drive Low

Jeep’s two 4×4 systems are essential to making your Compass as off-road capable as possible. Jeep Active Drive makes the vehicle a bit more rugged without affecting its efficiency. This system adds a rear axle disconnect, which switches between two- and four-wheel drive to maximize economy while giving you power when it’s needed. This also adds the Selec-Terrain Traction Management System, which lets you pick between four driving modes — auto, snow, sport, and sand/mud — to optimize the Jeep’s performance based on road conditions.

Jeep Active Drive Low is exclusive to the Trailhawk. This improves the crawl ratio and low range compared to what’s available on the other trims.

The Compass is an exceptional vehicle, and the limited edition Trailhawk, in particular, stands out as a fantastic choice for off-roading. For a closer look, check out these models in person at Ray Laethem Motor Village.

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