Jeep Compass Trailhawk and VW Atlas

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2018


All-new 2017 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk
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In recent weeks, the test driveway has hosted a couple of models
that we had already reviewed in the past year. Much of what we have
found in the Jeep Cherokee and VW Atlas is pretty much a repeat of our
favorable impressions we reported. So let’s talk about accessorized
versions of these two, right from the factory.
Automakers have learned that many consumers would like their
vehicles to stand out from the crowd and feel a bit more personable.
The aftermarket industry does huge business in addressing these
desires and automakers have certainly taken notice. Now, special
edition vehicles are certainly nothing new but many automakers now
offer specific trim lines and packages to give the new vehicles more
personality and flair. Jeep offers a Trailhawk package for most of its
new vehicles that brings more capability when leaving pavement and
Volkswagen delivers its R-Line package giving its vehicles more urban

All-new 2017 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk

Jeep Compass Trailhawk
When we received the Jeep Compass last year we were immediately
impressed with the total makeover Jeep gave the model. Compass, in its
previous form, should have been put out to pasture, but with the new
generation vehicle it is a night and day difference. And what’s even
better is that now Compass can receive the coveted Trail Rating badge
from Jeep thanks to the added content of the Trailhawk package.
First, Jeep gives the Compass Trailhawk the requisite four-wheel
drive running gear that includes a low range with 20:1 crawl ratio,
perfect for serious rock climbing. Selec-Terrain allows drivers to
automatically match vehicle system technology with the environment and
terrain they are driving in, be it rocks, snow, sand, mud, or everyday
Compass Trailhawk gets a suspension lift of almost one inch over
other Compass models and skid plates are added underneath to protect
vital components. Unique front and rear fascias allow better approach,
breakover, and departure angles in the Trailhawk model which can ford
water up to 19 inches deep.
Aggressive 17-inch off-road tires are included on unique black
pocket aluminum wheels and the vehicle is finished with Jeep’s
signature red front and rear tow hooks.
All new Compass models are powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark
I-4 engine that is rated at 180hp and 175 lb. ft. torque. The
Trailhawk edition mates a nine-speed automatic transmission to the
engine, allowing for both better low range performance as well as
optimum operation on the highway.
Fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. For a
vehicle with this type content that is none too shabby.
The new Jeep Cherokee is getting a turbocharged four-cylinder
engine option so would love to see that trickle down into the Compass
Pricing for the 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4×4 begins at $28,795
with our loaded tester arriving with a final window sticker of $36,655
thanks to such add-ons as cold weather group, navigation group, safety
and security group, and popular equipment group.
We also enjoyed the optional dual-pane sunroof and power liftgate.
Despite the nice off-road gear the Trailhawk package adds to the
Compass it rides very well on pavement. It is just a bit bouncier
thanks to the off-road suspension but never did it get uncomfortable.
And taking things off pavement? The Compass Trailhawk can truly hold
its own in this compact utility vehicle segment, not to mention this
package really does add a good bit of style and swagger to the

01-2018-volkswagen-atlas-KBB-LT Volkswagen Atlas R-Line
The all-new Atlas arrived last year from VW and is billed as the
family-sized SUV from the automaker. But some folks don’t want to be
reminded they are driving a family vehicle. Enter the R-Line that
really dresses up the Atlas (and other Volkswagen models) for the
perfect urban camouflage.
Our tester arrived in a gorgeous dark red called Fortana Red
Metallic and right away I could distinguish something different over
the SEL model we tested last year. The front and rear lower fascia
panels are painted to match the rest of the vehicle when you order the
R-Line. Truly stylish to say the least, and you still get what is
perhaps the best new three-row SUV to hit the market in some time. And
those R-Line 20-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels really dress the Atlas to the nines. A
unique front grille and side skirts finish the exterior look (along
with unique R-Line badging) and the interior gets stainless steel
pedals for a sporty look on top of an already stylish arrangement. The
black leather is very nice but I would like ventilated seats up front.
There are two engine options on the Atlas, a turbocharged
2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI model and the 3.6-liter VR6 V-6. You
cannot go wrong with either engine package as they are both mated to
an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.0TSI is rated for 235hp and 258 lb. ft. torque while the
VR6 generates 276hp and 266 lb. ft. torque. If you opt for 4Motion
all-wheel drive with Active Control you will have to choose the VR6
engine but you get a max tow rating of 5,000 lbs. (FWD models with the
2.0TSI are rated to tow 2,000 lbs.).
Fuel economy for the VR6 (that our tester arrived with) is rated
at 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, which is about average for midsize
utility vehicles with a V-6.

Pricing for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V-6 R-Line tester was $44,025.                                                                                                         I really like the new Atlas from Volkswagen. I have tested two
models now, one with 4Motion AWD and this FWD model in R-Line trim. I
have to say other than the ventilated seats I yearn for, I am amazed
at the outstanding job VW has done with this new model. It rides very
stable, very quiet, and is very enjoyable to drive.


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