A-List Rides: Tinseltown Time In The 2018 Jeep Compass

To know me is to know I love every chance I get to go to Los Angeles. There’s something about picking up my vehicle, driving down La Cienega Blvd from the Inglewood area that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is located and heading into Hollywood. Something about this drive makes me feel like I’m in Los Angeles. And in order for this experience to feel right, I have to be in a good car!

So I definitely felt right making my drive on the beautiful sunny Tuesday when I arrived in Los Angeles. It was an unseasonably 80 degrees the day I landed and I picked up the 2018 Jeep Compass Limited 4×4 from the parking lot where it was left for me.

I went back by LAX to scoop my professional wrestling buddy JTG (formerly of the WWE tag team Cryme Tyme), who coincidentally had a landed a few minutes after me and was planning to get an Uber, and from the moment he sat in the car he said, “Wow, this Jeep is dope! They’ve done a good job with this one.” My sentiments exactly champ!

The Jeep Compass I had (as you’ll see in the photos and the video below) was a beautiful red color with black accents—my favorite color combination. This mid-size SUV had a sleek modern design with beautiful interior decor that perfectly accented the outer body. It was attractive and embodied unisex attributes that either and man or a woman would love in their SUV. (You know certain SUVs just have that soccer mom look and really are the new minivan!)

The 2018 is a continuation of the redesigned 2017 model year with little to no changes. As a person who was traveling, it offered ample storage space that was convenient to maneuver. I had a medium sized piece of luggage and a duffle bag and even with the addition of JTG’s medium-sized bag, we still had more than enough space to add more pieces if we had them.

The infotainment system was easy to navigate and I could make adjustments quickly as to not delay my departure from the airport area. The navigation system was equally as user-friendly.

Jawn Murray and the Jeep Compass Limited

This SUV had an extremely comfortable drive and handled the road very well. However, there was a slight lag with the engine—though once it accelerated, it packed a pump. The breaks were so precise; you barely had to touch them for it to stop.

But the one feature on the Jeep Compass that I detested was the automatic start/stop function. When you would stop at a traffic light, the engine would shut off. The mechanism is in place to save vehicle energy and gas, I suppose, but it drove me nuts. (You get a combined gas mileage of 25-26 miles per gallon in both city and highway.) Especially in instances where I really needed to charge my phone. The cutting off of the engine ended auxiliary power and you could hear the phone reconnect with the fun once you put your foot on the gas again and after the engine restarted. (There are YouTube videos that will walk you through disabling it. My friend, tech exec Ivan Land Jr. said he took his to the dealership and they disengaged the function for him.)

Overall, the Jeep Compass is beauty over brawn, but a solid mid-sized SUV nonetheless.

Spin Control: The Jeep Compass has a price range from $20,995–$29,095, an excellent value for an SUV. With some adjustments like the automatic start/stop, you’re getting a great vehicle of the asking price.

Status: B LIST

VIDEO: So check out my inside look into the 2018 Jeep Compass Limited 4×4 and determine whether it’s a SUV that meets your needs.

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