Since its launch last year, the Ford Bronco Sport has been a big hit with buyers, even forcing Ford to change its policy on selling demo vehicles in an effort to ramp up inventory earlier this year. And in spite of multiple production cuts as a result of the semiconductor chip shortage, Ford has still managed to grow Bronco Sport sales, which is attracting more Jeep owners than any other brand. Thus, it’s no surprise that the 2022 Jeep Compass, which was just revealed, has received a bit of a refresh to help it better compete with Ford’s rugged crossover.
On the outside, the 2022 Jeep Compass features a slightly revised front fascia with a reworked grille with gloss black accents and LED fog lights, while the more off-road focused Trailhawk model gets a matte-black grille enlarged for greater airflow, a front skid plate, a red and black hood decal, and a series of new wheel designs.
The biggest changes for the 2022 Compass lie inside, however, with a thoroughly redesigned interior that replaces the outgoing model’s outdated cabin. The Compass comes with a new, larger 8.4-inch touchscreen as standard equipment or an optional 10.1-inch unit. Instrument cluster options range from a 3.5-inch unit to an optional 7-inch digital cluster, while Limited and Trailhawk models get a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster.
The 2022 Compass runs a UConnect 5 Android operating system, beating Ford to market in that regard. Other new additions include heated rear seats on Limited and Trailhawk models, along with a fancier gray and black interior for the Limited that includes soft-touch materials and sepia-wrapped accents. Jeep’s new Highway Assist semi-autonomous driving system and Traffic Sign Recognition are also available on Limited, Trailhawk, and High Altitude trims.
Interestingly, the 2022 Compass carries over the outgoing model’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine but loses three horsepower by producing 177 ponies, along with 172 pound-feet of torque. Two-wheel-drive models get a six-speed automatic transmission, while four-wheel-drive models are equipped with a nine-speed gearbox. Wrapping up the changes for the new model year is the addition of a new Latitude Lux trim level.
Pricing for the 2022 Jeep Compass starts out at $26,490, including destination and delivery, for the 2WD Sport model and tops out at $32,890 for the 4WD Limited trim. The revised crossover is expected to launch this fall.
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The updated interior is a huge improvement. The revised grille looks nice too. The overall exterior design is still mini-GC attractive, if not as sharp as the muscular looking Bronco Sport. Leaving that powertrain on the other hand is a total fail. The Tigershark 4-cyl is under powered, and has been widely criticized in the automotive press as had the sluggish ZF 9-sp. that exacerbates the situation.
It looks better as a mini GC, 2 wheel drive it’s Front Wheel Drive, they did all this but offered no new engine options
I still can’t believe Ford put the Sync3 systems on their new products such as the Bronco Sport and Maverick but anyways you can really tell with this refresh from the front end of the Compass that Jeep is ready to make it fully electric or at least a PHEV
Looks ok but with out the chops to back it up the Bronco Sport still wins