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2023 Jeep Compass Outpowers Ford Bronco Sport With New Engine

Entering its third model year, the Ford Bronco Sport remains available with two different powerplants – the turbocharged Ford 1.5L I-3 EcoBoost, which is rated to produce 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque, and the optional turbocharged Ford 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost, which generates 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. This left one of the Bronco Sport’s chief competitors – the Jeep Compass – lagging behind a bit with its previously standard, naturally-aspirated 2.4L I-4 that cranks out 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Now, however, the 2023 Jeep Compass is getting a brand new engine with an output that trumps the base Bronco Sport powerplant.

The 2023 Jeep Compass will launch with a turbocharged 2.0L I-4 generating 200 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, which bests the Bronco Sport’s base I-3 by 19 horsepower and 31 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, the Compass will no longer be offered in front-wheel drive configuration – from now on, it’s four-wheel drive only – and the crossover comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard, just like the Bronco Sport.

As one might imagine, these changes have also resulted in a price increase, as the MSRP of the 2023 Jeep Compass has risen $1,210 to $31,590 – a bit more than the base Bronco Sport, which starts out at $29,215, minus destination and delivery charges. Five trim levels are available – Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk – while the later, “Trail Rated” model comes equipped with Jeep’s Active Drive Low 4×4 system touting a class-leading 20:1 crawl ratio.

Aside from these changes, the 2023 Compass comes with new 17-inch wheels for lower trim models, as well as a bevy of driver-assistance features that are now standard equipment, just one model year after the crossover received a refresh consisting of revised styling and a new infotainment screen. The 2023 Jeep Compass is available to order now, with deliveries expected to begin in the first quarter of 2023.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Davido50

    We love the Bronco Sport big bend edition! Can’t go wrong. Prob get a ’23 version as well. Always w/ the Gen2- 2.0L TGDI. This vehicle is popular for good reason.

  2. EcoBoost29579

    And both the Compass and Bronco Sport are OUTRAGEOUSLY overpriced. All others in this “in between” class are much more reasonably priced, even with AWD. You’d have to be brain-dead (and a lot are, these days) to fork over that kind of money on a tiny CUV.

  3. Mike

    Perfect example of competition raising the bar in competitors. After the Compass got spanked bad, they had too do something. Big problem with all these little things is the price bar has been raised way too high.


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