2017 Jeep Compass First Drive: All-new compact SUV has off-road cred

In a world that’s gone SUV-crazy, Jeep is one of the brands best poised to reap the rewards. The 2017 Jeep Compass, an all-new design that replaces not just one, but two strong-selling but outdated models – the previous-generation Compass and the soon-to-be-defunct Patriot – is the latest in a line of revamped people movers that have completely transformed the more affordable spectrum of the company’s line-up.

The Jeep Compass is the spitting image of the larger and more opulent Grand Cherokee, but more importantly it looks nothing like the somewhat larger Cherokee or the definitely smaller Renegade that sandwich it in the showroom. With less than a foot separating the trio of sport-utility vehicles in terms of overall length, styling becomes that much more important when sorting customers into silos, and the Compass’ easily identifiable grille and upright but not boxy silhouette serve to differentiate it from the more polarizing Cherokee and the throwback Renegade.

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