2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk better off road than on

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:41:35 AM. The 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk impresses off-road, but a pokey powertrain pales to the comparison on road.
The Trailhawk version of the 2017 can ford creeks, scale dale and dell and do everything you’d expect from a Jeep 4x4. In on-road applications, it’s a pokey ride that looks better than it performs. The second generation Compass blends the old Patriot and Compass into one model in the red-hot compact crossover segment. Slotting between the subcompact Renegade and midsize Cherokee, the design follows the flagship Grand Cherokee, with wrap-around headlights and seven-slotted wide mesh grille. Recessed fog lights and a split fascia flare out to pronounced wheel arches clad in black. The Trailhawk version has two front tow hooks and one in the rear to buff up its off-road looks. Trailhawk also sports front and rear skid plates to protect the ample 8.5-inch ground clearance, 17-inch wheels with off-road tires that don’t do well on wet pavement, and has nearly 1 inch higher ride height, enabling it to cross up to 19 inches of water, according to Jeep, which says it can tow up to 2,000 pounds. There is no doubting its off-road chops. Put it on three wheels and the active drive system sends power away from the spinning wheel to keep it moving over rock and stump. Hill-descent control effortlessly enables pedal-free crawls at steep angles. But is it worth an $8,000 upcharge? We’re not feeling the tiger nor the shark in the pokey 2.4-liter Tigershark engine that responds to hits of the throttle with a yawn. It’s a loud ride, with a whole lot of engine hum. The nine-speed transmission...Read more
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