FCA created a lot of buzz during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show with a pair of wonderfully stylish SUV debuts. Of course, we’re talking about the first-ever Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass. Both are extremely important, yet couldn’t be more different. While one aims to bring Italian flair to a vanilla luxury SUV segment, the 2017 Compass will stand as the latest Trail Rated offering from the iconic Jeep brand. With that said, we have some thoughts…
I remain skeptical on the strategy to sell the 2017 Jeep Compass alongside the similarly proportioned Cherokee. Maybe I’m missing something. That said, the looks are fantastically designed inside and out, and could reach out to a crowd that found the styling of the Cherokee too polarizing.
– Manoli Katakis
The 2017 Jeep Compass is arguably the best looking to design to come out of the brand in some time after the debatable Cherokee and quirky Renegade. With that said, I seriously think the Compass will point to a sweet spot in Jeep’s lineup. Larger than a Renegade, but slightly smaller than a Cherokee. If the market is anything to go, it’s not a bad thing to have too many crossovers.
– Sean Szymkowski
The 2017 Jeep Compass is a terrifically attractive thing, both inside and out. Maybe it is a bit crowded now by the Cherokee’s rather recent switch to unibody construction, but it certainly seems that the US always has more room for new utility vehicles. The choice to offer both 6-speed and 9-speed automatic transmissions, alongside a 6-speed manual, is a bit puzzling, but hey, Jeep is a successful brand. If they want to take a page out of Burger King’s book, that’s just fine.
– Aaron Brzozowski
As Aaron pointed out above, the 2017 Jeep Compass is an attractive compact crossover. It does slot into an odd place in Jeep’s portfolio, but this is Jeep. It’s okay for its lineup to be saturated with SUVs and crossovers. Jeep will be moving lots of these if the price is right, and we’re sure it will be. We’re a bit worried it will cannibalize Renegade sales and it’s already made Jeep’s subcompact look a bit irrelevant, but we still think there’s room for the Renegade as the new budget offering from Jeep.
– Sam McEachern