The first new trim package is for the base 2019 Jeep Compass Sport. Called the Upland, the special edition equips the SUV with 17-inch wheels from the Trailhawk model, as well as matte-black tow hooks, a front skid plate, gloss-black badging, a gloss-black roof, silver anodized interior accents, rubber all-weather mats from the Trailhawk and a polished exhaust tip.
The second trim pack is the High Altitude Appearance package, which dresses up the Compass Limited with 19-inch wheels, an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, HID headlights with LED running lights, LED taillights, Satin Gloss Granite grille trim, a gloss-black roof and anodized gunmetal interior accents.
Other changes concern equipment packaging. Adaptive cruise control is now part of the Advanced Safety Group package; it was not previously offered at all on the Jeep Compass. There's a new Sting Grey paint color, and the design of the Trailhawk's 17-inch wheels has been updated. Finally, the Compass Sport and Latitude now come standard with a 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system. Previously they had a dated audio system with a 5-inch screen as standard.
The 2019 Jeep Compass's 9-speed automatic transmission now has a rev-matching feature, which Jeep says will result in quicker downshifts, especially when drivers really step on it and require a multi-gear downshift. In fact, Jeep says that rev-matching "can shave a second off a downshift." It's a welcome change as we've often kvetched about the 9-speed's sluggish responses. In a 2017 review we lamented that, "acceleration is a bit sluggish and while passing on the highway can be planned, emergency situations, like an unexpected merge or a vehicle straying into your lane, cannot." The tweak was actually instituted as a running change midway through the 2018 model year and continues for the 2019 Compass.