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Good drive, good value: The Jeep Compass Latitude reviewed

Jeep has drawn on its decades of experience and created the Jeep Compass Latitude. This refined, budget subcompact SUV provides a good drive and offers good value without having to compromise its rough, rugged and always ready to ride Jeep spirit. Whether you want to load up your stuff and head out for an off-roading adventure, navigate urban traffic or head on down the highway, you can do it in style and comfort and with equal aplomb in the 2018 Jeep Compass Latitude. This vehicle has everything you need to do anything you want and it’s affordable too. It has a base price of only $24,395.

The Soul Of A Jeep

The subcompact Compass is built on Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s solid 4×4 ‘small-wide’ architecture. It has four-wheel independent suspension, can provide ground clearance of up to 8.5 inches and is built to handle rough dirt roads, winding, hilly country roads, snow-covered suburban roads and anything else you might encounter. Its iconic black seven-slot grille, chrome accents, multi-plane hood, flared fenders and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels make the Compass Latitude resemble the Cherokee. It 2,000 pound towing capacity proves this SUV has the authentic soul of a Jeep.

An Impressive Interior

The cabin of the Compass Latitude comes with FCA’s uConnect infotainment system, a new 7-inch or available 8.4-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a large HD display between the speedometer and analog tachometer and phone charging USB ports in the front and back. Its heated, well-weighted, steering wheel has media controls on the back, driver-assist functions on the right and on the left the instrument cluster and the phone. There’s an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, comfortable leather-trimmed front and back seats, panoramic sunroof, door panels with black stitching and between 27.2 and 59.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Together they produce an impressive understated stylishness.

All Good Under The Hood

The drivetrain of the all-wheel-drive Jeep Compass Latitude is made up of a 180 horsepower, 2.4-liter, inline-four M-Air engine that produces 175 pound-feet of torque working in harmony with an FCA nine-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also choose a more affordable front-wheel-drive version of the Compass Latitude with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The SUV averages 25 mpg, in city driving it gets 22 mpg and on the highway the Compass Latitude gets 30 mpg. Its auto, snow, sand and mud selectable drive modes help to improve its performance. To see how it performs, check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

A Remarkable Vehicle

Jeep is an expert at building durable, versatile, SUYs and the Compass Latitude continues in that tradition. Its well thought-out, smart and uncluttered interior, is full of cutting-edge technology. The sub-compact SUV is a joy to drive. It has rock steady handling, a composed, quiet ride and an interior that feels surprisingly
spacious. The Jeep Compass Latitude’s OEM system shuts off engine when the vehicle stops at an intersection or a stoplight to boost its mileage. At its affordable price point, the fun to drive, durable, good-looking Jeep Compass Latitude is a very good value.

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