Small but mighty is probably a phrase you've heard at some point in your life. We think it's a great way to describe the 2021 Jeep Compass. While this smaller SUV handles well and may feel more like a sporty sedan at times, it's also capable in the towing department.

Your Jeep Compass can help you tow a boat to the lake for a weekend getaway near Ithaca and Binghamton, or assist with a cross-state move originating from the Cortland, NY, area. Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT professionals are giving you some insight into the Compass and what this SUV is capable of when it comes to towing.

Can the Jeep Compass Tow My Boat?

When properly equipped, you can tow up to 2,000 pounds with the Jeep Compass. This allows you to tow a small boat, trailer, or some ATVs as you set off on a weekend adventure.

The efficient performance of the 2.4L Tigershark® engine makes up to 180 horsepower, too, and 175 lb-ft of torque. With that combination of horsepower and towing capability, there's a lot you can do. You have a fuel-efficient SUV for highway travels-and can hook up that trailer or boat when you want.

Here are the performance stats in short:

  • 180 horsepower
  • 175 lb-ft of torque
  • 400-plus miles on one tank
  • EPA-estimated 22 city/31 highway MPG

Not only does the Compass tow plenty for you, but it gives you a non-stop trip and good gas mileage.

Parking Tools to Tow in Your Compass

You may already be dreaming about that next trip in your Compass, but do you have the proper parking tools to tow? They include:

  • ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Available ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System

If you're behind the wheel of this SUV, you're all set, thanks to the ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera with dynamic gridlines. This helps you back out of a spot in a safe manner with your trailer attached. You'll be able to see items and other vehicles in real time, so you know when it's safe to make that next move.

Need a nudge when you're trying to back out of a space and an obstacle stands in your way but out of your sight? The available ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System includes four sensors that let you know if you're veering too close.

Compass Road Management

Meanwhile, standard Trailer Sway Control ensures crosswinds and traffic don't have power over your payload. As part of the Electronic Stability Control feature, the trailer sway feature keeps you on the right track, and whatever you're towing on the right track, too.

If you opt for 4x4 capability in your Jeep Compass, the Selec®-Terrain Management System comes standard. Five selectable modes work to make the road ahead a captivating pleasure to travel instead of a challenging pursuit. Here are the five different modes:

  • Auto
  • Snow
  • Sand
  • Mud
  • Available Rock mode

For those who drive the Trailhawk trim, you'll be able to use the Rock mode as well. The Rock enables you to crawl across rocky terrain with ease and increased capability.

Standard for each trim, the other modes will adjust to the conditions mentioned by twisting the dial to the appropriate symbol. With the standard 9-speed automatic transmission in place, you have everything you need for a smooth ride.

Compass Safety While Towing

While towing your trailer or heading out for a vacation, you want to anticipate the good times ahead. You can-with the extra safety systems you can add to your Jeep Compass. Here are the available systems that will upgrade your protection: 

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Rear Cross Path Detection

When you're traveling on highways to reach your vacation spot, preset your speed behind the car in front of you and let the Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go maintain your speed.

To be aware of what's lurking in your blind spot or behind your Jeep Compass, both Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection keep an extra eye out for you.

As you drive, you may be so relaxed-or distracted with excitement-that you may start drifting out of your lane. The LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist lets you know when you need to stay focused and remain where you are with a visual warning and steering wheel motion. If you remove your hands from the wheel, an audible alert sounds out.

The Adventure-Ready Jeep Compass Awaits

You may tow something along in the Jeep Compass, but you may also want to use the space for some of the things you're bringing along for the ride. It may be a weekend excursion with friends, or perhaps a visit to a campground with the family.

Here's how much cargo room you will get: 

  • 27.2 cubic feet
  • 59.8 maximum cubic feet

The Compass makes room for all your gear, thanks to the generous cargo area. At the start, use 27.2 cubic feet to pack up your weekend bags. Flip the second-row seats forward, and enjoy up to 59.8 cubic feet of space to fit a tent, sleeping bags, and more.

You'll load things in easily, too, thanks to the available power liftgate. The rear cargo area can be opened using the key fob, making it a breeze to load your items.

Keep in mind that the cargo floor is also height-adjustable by three levels, so you can carry items of various shapes and sizes. Keep the floor even for loading or slide it down to accommodate taller items.

Bring Your Crew Aboard the Compass

Of course, when you're preparing for a trip or weekend jaunt, you'll be wondering who will be coming along to enjoy it with you. You'll have plenty of space for you and your fellow travelers. Inside the Compass, there are 100 cubic feet of passenger volume-and spacious dimensions where you can stretch out.





39.2 inches

38.5 inches

Hip Room

54.1 inches

49.2 inches


41.8 inches

38.3 inches

Shoulder Room

56.7 inches

55.1 inches

In the front, you'll be able to use the available heated front seats and the Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control.   

See the 2021 Jeep Compass Up Close

Check out the 2021 Jeep Compass and its towing capacity at Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT near the Ithaca, Binghamton, and Cortland, NY, areas. Our team is here to help you bring your towing dreams to life. Contact us to set up a test drive!

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