Jeep is significantly rejigging the Compass’s engine lineup for 2023 with a de-tuned version of the 2.0-liter turbo engine from the upcoming Dodge Hornet.
The 2023 Compass drops the naturally aspirated 2.4-liter engine that makes 177 hp and 172 pound-feet of torque in favor of the 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged inline four that delivers 200 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque, an increase of 23 hp and 49 lb-ft respectively. In the Dodge Hornet, this engine will be rated for 270 hp (201 kW/274 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. While Alfa Romeo had originally said it would offer a 256-hp version of the 2.0L turbo in the upcoming Tonale, it recently changed plans and will only sell the compact SUV with the 272-hp plug-in hybrid setup.
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The new 2.0L turbo that’s standard across the range is paired to an eight-speed transmission while Jeep has also dropped the front-wheel drive model. Other changes for the Compass that received mid-cycle refresh about a year ago include new 17 inch wheels and standard automatic high-beam headlamps for Sport and Latitude models. All versions will also get a new rear seat reminder alert that notifies the driver that an occupant might be in the back seat prior to exiting the vehicle, after placing it in park and switching off the engine.
How Much Will It Cost?
Prices for the 2023 model year Compass will start at $31,590, or $1,210 more than it did in 2022. That’s not a bad premium for a crossover that will gain at least 23 hp (17 kW/23 PS) in the new year, especially when inflation is factored in.
All five different 4×4 trim configurations, including the Sport, Latitude LUX, Limited and the rugged Trail Rated Trailhawk are available now for order and will begin arriving in showrooms during the first quarter of 2023.