American Cars Under $25,000

Jeep Compass
Price: Starting at $19,595
Compass is another compact SUV offering from Jeep with a front-end design that ties its look to the popular Grand Cherokee. Based on the same platform as the Patriot, the Compass is offered in Sport and Latitude versions with standard front-wheel drive or two available all-wheel-drive systems. The Jeep Freedom Drive I full-time active 4×4 system is recommended for everyday driving in all weather conditions, and the Freedom Drive II off-road full-time active 4×4 system with low-range capability is recommended for off-road situations that include steep grades, occasional wheel lift and rock or log climbing. The Freedom Drive II Off-road Package includes a second-generation continuously variable transaxle with low range that engages when the off-road mode is activated, 17-inch all-terrain tires, aluminum wheels, a one-inch raised ride height, a full-size spare tire, skidplates, tow hooks and fog lights. New for 2016 is the Sport SE Package that includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; heated cloth mesh front seats; 18-inch Mineral Gray aluminum wheels; Mineral Gray grille rings, fog lamp bezels, roof rails, rear fascia, Sport SE badge and liftgate brow when equipped with ParkView rear backup camera, and a bright exhaust tip.

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