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2023 Jeep Compass Borrows More Powerful 2.0 Liter Powertrain From Dodge Hornet

After receiving styling updates and a revamped interior for its mid-cycle refresh last year, the Jeep Compass is now getting an all-new powertrain for 2023. The new 2.0 liter four-cylinder replaces the outgoing 2.4 liter powertrain, which was notorious for its lethargic performance. The 2023 Compass also gains tweaks to the drivetrain, among other things.



The all-new 2.0 liter four-cylinder comes straight from the Dodge Hornet compact crossover, which is set to arrive soon. The Alfa Romeo Tonale, the Hornet's more luxurious twin, was also supposed to utilize this engine, but it was scrapped last minute in favor of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. For the Compass, the upgraded four-cylinder brings output up to 200 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Jeep promises that the bigger numbers will translate to a more energetic driving demeanor.


Also, the Jeep Active Drive 4x4 system is now marked as standard across the range. It functions automatically at any speed without any driver commands, switching the vehicle in and out of four-wheel-drive mode whenever necessary. The more off-road-oriented Compass Trailhawk is available with Jeep Active Drive Low 4x4 system, delivering a best-in-class crawl ratio of 20:1. Both of these 4x4 systems feature Jeep's Selec-Terrain system, which includes Auto, Snow, and Sand/Mud driving modes. Trailhawk models also have an exclusive Rock mode.




Other small changes include the addition of automatic high beams for the Latitude trim and above, new 17-inch wheels for the Sport and Latitude, and new exterior colors for the Compass (RED) special edition model.


Order books are open for the upgraded 2023 Compass, which now comes in just five different trim levels, including Sport, Latitude, LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. The range-topping High Altitude has been dropped from the lineup, as well as the mid-range Altitude model. Prices start at $31,590, which is significantly more than most other subcompact crossovers. The 2023 Compass arrives at dealers in the first quarter of next year.


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