The Jeep Compass’ performance in the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2018 Automotive Performance Index™ (API) Study, demonstrates the tight performance of Jeep’s industry leading crossover platform. With an EPA estimated 32 MPG highway (23 city/32 hwy/26 combined), the Compass beats competitors in class by an average 4 mpg highway, moving the needle on fuel economy gains and reduced fuel costs in the crossover segment, earning ASG’s BEST ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE Award.

ASG’s economic performance analysis is a comprehensive data-driven assessment, analyzing economic factors from vehicle purchase through the first 6.5 years of vehicle ownership (87,594 vehicle miles traveled).

The Compass earned a class leading economic performance rating in ASG’s Study for the second consecutive year, outperforming the average vehicle in its segment by 37%, costing $23,341 less to purchase and operate over the first 6.5 years in its life-cycle. The Compass lead notable competitors including the Hyundai Tucson and Chevrolet Equinox with a 5% cost advantage, and the Mazda CX-5 , Kia Sportage and GMC Terrain by 7% and 8% respectively, to offer the best value.

The Jeep Compass leverages an efficient 2.4 Liter 4 cylinder engine to deliver fuel efficient transport in the crossover segment, without the need for advanced powertrain components. In fact, the Compass light weighting strategy gives it an average 20% weight advantage across the segment, coming in at 723 pounds lighter than the average curb weight in class. Less resources, translates to reduced costs.

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The Automotive Performance Index (API) applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. For example, the vehicle that performs highest in environment performance in a given class obtains a rating score of 100. Each vehicle in its class is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. A score of 91 translates to a 9% environmental performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle.  

Due to the API’s relative vehicle rating method, vehicle class divisions were identified as a critical input - these class divisions are detailed here.

While the Automotive Performance Index is indeed an exhaustive list of vehicles to trim level detail, with each vehicle assessment reporting over 200 unique data outputs (the culmination of thousands of data inputs), ASG has taken additional measures to ease the burden of sorting through all data points and all vehicle assessments. We have developed key performance categories and sorted all vehicles in each class according to Environmental Performance, Social Performance, Economic Performance and All-Around Performance. The vehicle in each class with the best score in each unique category is named the performance award winner (i.e. Best Environmental Performance Award winner). The vehicle in each class that scores highest combined scores in Environmental Performance, Social Performance and Economic Performance is named the ASG Best All-Around Performance Award winner.

One step further, we also name the Best 5 All-Around Performance Award winners in each class to provide consumers with a concise product comparison guide.