New for the second generation Compass model is the Trailhawk trim, which gives the Compass the prestigious Trail Rated Badge, and best-in-class off-road capability.
What does that Trail Rated badge signify? It means that particular Jeep 4×4 model (in this case the Compass) was able to pass a series of grueling off-road tests on some of the toughest trails on the planet. The ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, water fording capability, and traction of the Compass were put to the test in various trail conditions like mud, rock, snow, and water.
With the second generation Compass getting its Trail Rated badge, every single one of the Jeep Trailhawk models (or Rubicon, in the Wrangler’s case) in the lineup are proven to be perfectly capable of tackling off-road trails; all with stock components.
Imagine what modding one would do to its capability?
Best-In-Class Off-Road Capability
The new Compass was built from the ground up in order to be the most capable compact SUV on the market. It’s been equipped with two 4×4 systems, and is ready to take on off-road trails in any type of environment. Jeep’s Active Drive Low 4×4 system is present, and provides optimum traction through a four-wheel Low mode, rear locker, and a Selec-Terrain system. That Selec-Terrain system has five off-road settings (four on non-Trailhawk trims): Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud, and Rock. With the turn of a dial, you’ll experience optimized off-road performance for whatever condition you’re in. The 4×4 system comes with a 20:1 crawl ratio for steep hills, sharp descents, and when crawling slow (like over rocks) is required. It also comes with two hooks and skid plates, while the four-wheel independent suspension ensures that articulation is at its possible best. Naturally, the Trailhawk trim also has a raise ride height and a trail-friendly fascia that has a better approach angle compared to the standard Compass design, as well as a raised suspension design for a better breakover angle.