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Baby Cherokee: 2019 Jeep Compass High Altitude Test Drive

Capable, comfortable, and with some pretty good foul weather chops, the 2019 Jeep Compass High Altitude is slotted directly between the mid-size Cherokee, and the boxy little Renegade. With a body that takes cues from the Grand Cherokee, it’s quite attractive. However, with only 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, the performance isn’t the focus.

This doesn’t mean it lacks a place amongst die-hard Jeep enthusiasts. Instead, the Compass appeals to those who may never go off-road, but yearn to be a part of the Jeep family.

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2019 Jeep Compass High Altitude Exterior

It goes without saying that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the best-looking SUVs currently on the market. So it should come as no surprise that the 2019 Compass looks a bit like its older brother. With a bold seven-slot grille, LED trimmed projector-beam headlamps, and an aggressive front fascia that includes recessed driving lights, onlookers would be hard-pressed to think that the 2019 Compass is anything but a Jeep. Our High Altitude model came to us with such niceties as a dual-pane sunroof, special 19” wheels wearing 235/45-series all-season tires, a fully blacked-out trim package, and a twin-tipped exhaust port that’s nicely incorporated into the lower rear bumper.

There are also body-colored mirrors, LED rear tail lamps, trapezoidal wheel arches, along with a rear tailgate spoiler and fully usable roof-rails. More importantly, the Compass has a total length of 173 inches, making it just about the perfect size for those living in urban areas. Keep in mind that there are also seven different flavors available (Sport, Latitude, Upland, Altitude, Limited, Trailhawk and High Altitude), eight different color options, and a drivetrain that can be had in either a front-wheel or four-wheel drive configuration.

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2019 Jeep Compass High Altitude Interior

With high-quality materials throughout the cabin, tight panel gaps, and spot-on ergonomics, the 2019 Jeep Compass High Altitude delivers an interior that’s worthy of its $37,360** sticker price. At 6’4” and 240-pounds, finding a comfortable seating position in any sort of compact is no easy task for me. Yet there I sat, completely at home, just tooling down the road without a care in the world. From the heated leather-covered seats and thick-rimmed steering wheel to a narrow center console that allows for liberal amounts of legroom, I was beyond surprised at just how easy this cabin was to live with. Set dead center in the dash is Jeep’s UConnect 4 infotainment system. Here you’ll find offerings like Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Bluetooth streaming, navigation, and access to just about every automotive setting and media app one could ask for.

With seating for five adults and large amounts of cargo space (27.2 / 59.8 cubic-feet), the Compass is positioned perfectly for the novice adventurer and those with budding families. There are multiple power and USB ports, steering wheel-mounted controls for the in-dash media screen, along with easy to navigate controls for the HVAC system and off-road modes. Plus, with a beautifully incorporated panoramic sunroof, the cabin remains light and airy. While many OEMs overlook the interiors of their compact SUVs, Jeep has done the opposite and given us a cabin that most anyone would enjoy.

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2019 Jeep Compass High Altitude Performance

Where the interior of the Compass is on point, the engine and transmission leaves something to be desired. With just 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque coming from Jeep’s 2.4L Multiair inline-four, the overall performance of the 3,470-pound Compass is best described as adequate. The trip to 60 mph, for instance, is reached in an uninspiring 9.3 seconds with highway passing needing some forethought. A nine-speed automatic transmission takes care of the shifting. But especially when driven around town, we found it hunting for the correct gear more than we would’ve liked. On the bright side, EPA fuel economy ratings are quite good with the 2019 Compass returning 30-mpg on the highway, 22-mpg in the city, and 25-mpg during combined driving*. That means an average of around 300-plus miles of range from the 13.5-gallon fuel tank.

Lack of power aside, under normal driving conditions, the Compass exhibits very good road manners. The ride quality is smooth and compliant, the brakes offer authoritative stopping performance and surprisingly, very little body roll was felt through the chassis even when pushed through corners. Equipped with four-wheel drive (front-wheel drive is standard) our tester came to us with four different drive modes (Snow, Sand, Mud, Auto) that are toggled via a rotary dial located underneath the HVAC controls. On this, the High Latitude, there is no low-range in 4×4 mode, however in most instances, and at this models target demographic, it really won’t matter, as those who want a bit more off-road prowess can always opt for the Trailhawk package.

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2019 Jeep Compass High Altitude Safety

With advanced multistage front airbags, electronic roll mitigation and stability control, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a standard backup camera, and antilock brakes, along with over 70 other standard safety features, Jeep has gone to great effort to ensure the safety of all those who ride on, and off the road in the new 2019 Jeep Compass.

To read more about the safety features of the 2019 Jeep Compass, click here.

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2019 Jeep Compass High Altitude Overall

It goes without saying that there will always be a need for nicely optioned all-weather transportation that won’t break the bank. With a base price of $29,695 and an as-tested price of $37,360, the 2019 Jeep Compass High Altitude falls directly into this category. And while it may not be the most powerful offering in the segment, the Compass makes up for it with loads of cargo space, a stellar interior, and the pedigree of having Jeep’s legendary all-weather capabilities.

Drop by your local AutoNation Jeep dealer today to check one out!

*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

**Vehicle MSRP of $37,360.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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