2021 Jeep Compass Drops Its Stick

In a study conducted in the first quarter of 2020, it was revealed that only 13% or 41 of 327 new cars come with a manual transmission option. This has already diminished a bit last week with the announcement by Honda to drop the MT option for the Fit, Civic Coupé and Accord.

This time, however, Jeep did not join the Save manuals conglomerate by dropping the stick change option on the 2021 compass. This was discovered by CarsDirect, who had an overview of the ordering guides sent to dealers for the upcoming model year.

According to the post, the Jeep Compass will enter the 2021 model year with only 6- or 9-speed automatic transmissions available as an option, bringing down MT across the range. It should be noted that the 2020 Compass still comes with a 6-speed MT on the entry-level Sport and 4×4 Latitude versions.

The reason for this decision is pretty obvious at this point – no one buys a manual transmission SUV, at least for the Compass. Jeep spokesperson Amy Grundman spoke with CarsDirect and said that “there was not much demand for a manual transmission”.

Of course, the loss of a manual option increases the base price of the small crossover, which will start at $ 25,390 (destination included) for the automatic Compass Sport version. This price was revealed by the CarsDirect report.

The Compass isn’t the only one in the Jeep lineup to drop the stick. The Renegade and Cherokee were the first to be offered only in AT. The Compass’s direct rivals notably lack a stick option, namely the Mazda CX-30, Nissan Rogue Sport and the recently revealed Ford Bronco Sport.

At this point, the Subaru Crosstrek is the only small crossover to offer a stick sieve for the American auto buyer.

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