Modern crossovers don’t have the go-anywhere, do-anything spirit of old-school SUVs, but some can still handle off-road adventures when called upon. The 2020 Jeep Compass is a competitively priced small crossover that can, when optioned properly, tackle dirt trails like nothing else in the class.
Much of its off-road skill comes courtesy of the Trailhawk trim. Not only is all-wheel drive standard in the Trailhawk, it also adds a lifted suspension, beefier tires, a more advanced traction control system, and underbody skid plates to protect vital components. These upgrades, along with a lockable center differential, hill descent control and a first-gear hold feature, make the Compass more versatile than many of its rivals.
There are a few negative aspects to consider. The sole engine offering is neither quick nor fuel-efficient, and interior cargo space is a little lacking. But overall we think you’ll find the Jeep Compass to be an agreeable subcompact SUV, especially if you go for the Trailhawk version.