In a new round of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the 2022 Jeep Compass has earned the Top Safety Pick award. The five-passenger compact SUV scored Good on every crash test. In addition, the Compass scored Superior in the dynamic vehicle to vehicle testing and Advanced in the vehicle to pedestrian tests.
Notably, the Jeep Compass scored Good on the two most difficult crash tests the small frontal overlap test on both sides of the vehicle. This test simulates a crash of the vehicle into a fixed object with just a fraction of its frontal area. It is this test that twice tripped up the legendary Tesla Model S, a vehicle that has never earned a Top Safety Pick award.
The Top Safety Pick award requires that the vehicle tested have headlights that score Good or Acceptable on at least one trim. In the case of the Compass, five trims do so. Those equipped with LED projector headlights earn a Good rating, and the base-level LED reflectors are rated Acceptable when paired with high beam assist. Jeep added these headlights to the Compass this past May.
Safety matters more in smaller vehicles. The Compass was proven in its roof strength test to be able to support a whopping 4.94 times its vehicle weight on one corner of the roof. The Compass also scored Good on both the Front and Side-impact tests. These results point to a very well-engineered safety structure.
Interestingly, the Jeep Compass now has a higher overall safety rating than the larger 2021 Cherokee, the much larger 2021 Grand Cherokee, and the rugged 2022 Wrangler. Each of those models had tests results that were lower than the Compass’ score. The Jeep Compass also has a higher safety score than the 2022 Renegade, a vehicle that is similar to the Compass in some ways.
For more details on the 2022 Jeep Compass’ safety test results, visit the IIHS website.
Jeep Compass image courtesy of IIHS
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