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Can a Jeep Compass Tow a Travel Trailer or Popup Camper?

The Jeep Compass can tow braked loads up to 2000 lbs. The manufacturers allow pulling 200 lbs more than 2000 lbs provided that the vehicle travels at less than 62 mph, but it is advisable to stay below 2000 lbs for the safety of the engine of the Compass.

It can easily pull a mid-range teardrop camper trailer. The lightest teardrop trailer weighs around 500 lbs, whereas a mid-range teardrop trailer would go up to 1500 lbs.

Jeep Compass Engine

The Jeep Compass has one engine for all its trims. The 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir is the engine of choice for the Jeep Compass. The Tigershark is from a family of straight-four piston engines and is based on the Global Engine Alliance design. It is an inline four-cylinder gasoline engine that uses variable valve timing and variable valve lift technology. The Tigershark can generate up to 184 hp @ 6400 rpm and a torque of 179 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm.

Towing with the Compass

The Jeep Compass is not equipped for towing from the get-go. However, there are aftermarket options that will have your Compass ready to tow in no time. Towing necessitates using a trailer hitch and a trailering harness (which can be either 4-pin or 7-pin, as the Compass recognizes both).

Towing a trailer for the first 500 miles should be limited to avoid harming the engine, axle, or other components. After 500 miles, the vehicle speed should not exceed 50 mph, and full-throttle starts should be avoided when towing to help the engine break-in.

The Jeep Compass comes with many features to aid in towing, such as Trailer Sway Control (TSC) which minimizes the amount of sway that a trailer or any other load would face when being towed by the Compass. TSC works by using sensors in the Compass to detect a swaying load and taking the appropriate measures to stop the swaying.

However, it is essential to note that this feature cannot prevent all loads from swaying. Therefore these features should be used with caution. Another essential feature is the Hill Start Assist (HSA) which would moderate roll-back from the load.

The Jeep Compass is a compact crossover SUV by the American manufacturer Jeep. Introduced for the 2007 model year, the Compass is among Jeep’s first crossover SUVs. The Compass entered its second generation in 2018, available in four trim levels: the base Sport, the slightly upgraded Latitude, the luxury-level Limited, and the off-roading Trailhawk.

A properly equipped Jeep Compass is able to tow a humble 2000 lbs. The Compass can perform light towing, such as a teardrop trailer. Features such as the Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist make towing with the Gladiator a breeze.

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