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We liked
  • Fire-Sale Price
  • Attractive Mini-Grand Cherokee Front Styling
We disliked
  • Dated Platform
  • The Stepchild of the Jeep Lineup
  • Uninspiring Performance
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MSRP
$18,995
MPG
23 / 30
City/Hwy
ENGINE
2.0L I4
HORSE POWER
158 hp
@ 6,400 rpm
TORQUE
141 ft lb
of torque @ 5,000 rpm
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The Jeep name holds a special place in the heart of many off-road enthusiasts and is often upheld as being an “authentic” SUV brand. Unfortunately, the Compass does little to burnish that reputation. Developed during the DaimlerChrysler years, the Compass is essentially a Jeep-ified Dodge Caliber. When it first debuted for the ’07 model year, the Compass had a grille and round headlights to give it a family resemblance to the Wrangler, which gave it an awkward look, at best. In 2011, it received a nose job to make it more closely resemble the Grand Cherokee, a treatment we think works a lot better. Despite the updated looks, we have a tough time recommending the Compass, as there are many more compelling models in the Jeep lineup priced within a few thousand of the Compass, including the new Cherokee and Renegade, both of which are more modern and capable designs. Although not yet officially announced, the Compass is likely to be discontinued after the ’15 model year.

REVIEW

First Drive: 2011 Jeep Compass

Trail Rated? Why, Yes, Actually

Scott EvansDec 21, 2010
If you’re short on torches and pitchforks, I know a guy.
That’s a disingenuous offer, really, because the 2011 Jeep Compass is actually pretty decent. As has been the trend recently, Jeep spent what little money it had on fixing the bits that needed it most.
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The first thing to go was the old mug. Where the styling of the original Compass was something of a caricature of Jeeps of old that exacerbated its lacking off-road credibility, the 2011 looks pretty good with its mini-Grand Cherokee face. Unfortunately, Jeep didn’t make it much past the A-pillars and the rest looks about the same, save new LED taillights and some new wheels.
Jeep didn’t get far inside, either, where most of the Rubbermaid interior remains. It’s been augmented by new seat cloth and some soft-touch materials on armrests and such, and nav-equipped models get updated software with easy-to-use Garmin-based navigation. The interior otherwise is the same, with good outward visibility, decent cargo space, and cramped rear seats.
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We can forgive that, though, since the real money was spent where you can’t see it. The 2011 Compass is now available with Freedom Drive II, the second and more-capable generation of the Compass’ all-wheel-drive system. When so equipped, the now-Trail Rated Compass gets a 1-inch lift in ride height to an impressive 8.4 inches (0.3 inches more than the rear axle of a Jeep Liberty), 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, skidplates, tow hooks, a full-size spare, and, most importantly, a second-generation continuously variable transmission with low range. For that, you give up manual shifting ability on the CVT, but it’s a worthy trade.
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Drop the Compass into Low and pull the 4WD Lock handle, which locks the center differential at a 50/50 front/rear power split, and the pulleys in the CVT will be locked into a 19:1 ratio for maximum crawling power. It will also automatically engage Hill Descent Control and Brake Traction Control and disengage traction control.
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The result is a surprisingly capable Compass. On a test drive outside Jackson, Wyoming, the Compass was able to keep up with the rest of the Jeep lineup on moderately difficult snow-covered trails that saw steep descents, rocky riverbeds, and muddy hill climbs, even if it had to make a few runs at some obstacles.
Dropping into a waterless but snow-covered riverbed, the Hill Descent Control managed the plunge nicely and the Compass’ 20.6-degree approach and 32.2-degree departure angles (on Off-Road models) kept the nose and tail out of the dirt. Crawling through the mud and snow and over watermelon-sized rocks, the locked-up CVT did an impressive cog transmission impression, never letting go of that 19:1 ratio. The larger 17-inch wheels and all-terrain tire package handled obstacles with surprising ease, and the skidplates took care of whatever the suspension (or driver) missed. Deep snow, steep, muddy hillsides, and larger obstacles occasionally halted forward progress, but the proper application of speed and/or maneuvering got the Compass through.
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On pavement, the Compass was a pleasant piece of transportation. It feels about as quick as the average compact sedan and handles like a tall car. Improvements to the suspension and steering mean reasonably flat cornering and a pleasant ride. The CVT is smooth, reacts quickly to throttle inputs, and moves the Compass around nicely, though using manual mode typically resulted in rather abrupt shifts. The 2.4-liter engine is rather coarse, but it gets the job done, and we’d rather take the small fuel-economy hit and keep the Off-Road ability than switch to the 2.0. Besides the engine, noise in the passenger compartment is well dampened.
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Taken together, both the on- and off-road updates to the Compass make it a reasonable improvement over the old model. There’s still some work to be done inside, and to be fair, the trails we traversed didn’t require winching or giant tires. At the same time, they were considerably more challenging than anything the average Compass owner is likely to attempt, leaving a nice buffer for more adventurous owners. No, it’s no luxurious Grand Cherokee or unstoppable Wrangler, but the Compass isn’t a joke anymore, either.
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2011 JEEP COMPASS
Base price $19,995
Vehicle layout Front-engine, FWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door, SUV
Engines 2.0L/158-hp/141 lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4; 2.4L/172-hp/165 lb-ft/DOHC 16-valve I-4
Transmissions continuously variable auto, continuously variable auto with low range
Curb weight 3100-3150 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 103.7 in
Length x width x height 173.4 x 69.3 x 65.2 in
0-60 mph 9.5 sec (MT est)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 20-23 / 23-28 mpg
CO2 emissions 0.78-0.91 lb/mile
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2015 Jeep Compass

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$18,995
23 / 30
2.0L I4
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2014 Jeep Compass

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$18,795
23 / 30
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2013 Jeep Compass

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$19,495
23 / 30
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Jeep Liberty Replacement to Revive Cherokee Name, Compass Drops CVT
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Next-Gen Jeep Liberty, Compass To Be Based On 2013 Dodge Dart
The 2013 model year will hold numerous new vehicles for Chrysler's brands. According to an interview with CEO Sergio Marchionne by USA Today.
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2012 Jeep Compass

SPECIFICATIONS
$19,295
23 / 29
2.0L I4
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Report: Future Jeep Compact Crossover to be Built in Fiat's Melfi, Italy Plant
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Marchionne Confirms Compass, Town and Country To Be Chopped
Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed product changes that many were expecting. Namely, the elimination of one of the company's two minivan models, and the discontinuation of the Jeep Compass.
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2012 Chicago Auto Show: 2012 Jeep Compass True North
Now that the butched-up Compass has earned its Trail Rated status, the Mopar folks figured it might be time to give it some aftermarket love.
Feb 1, 2012
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Fiat To Build Baby Jeep In Italy; Patriot/Compass Replacement To Be Built In America
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Sophisticated Styling, Unsurpassed Capability, Excellent Fuel Economy and Loads of Standard Features
Courtesy of the ManufacturerOct 4, 2011

2011 Jeep Compass

SPECIFICATIONS
$19,295
23 / 29
2.0L I4
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Travel: Winter in Door County, Wisconsin
Door to Door in a Jeep Compass Latitude 4x4: We found this midsize SUV a perfect fit for the extreme and very fluid winter driving conditions that can be experienced in Door County, Wisconsin, in the dead of winter
Lazelle JonesDec 15, 2011
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Jeep Sponsors The Dave Matthews Band For A Summer Festival Tour
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Jeep Commemorates 70th Anniversary with Special Editions
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First Drive: 2011 Jeep Compass
No, it's no Wrangler, but the Compass isn't a joke anymore, either.
Scott EvansDec 21, 2010
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First Look: 2011 Jeep Compass
Baby Jeep Earns its Trail Rated Badge
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2010 Jeep Compass

SPECIFICATIONS
$15,365
23 / 29
2.0L I4
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2009 Jeep Compass

SPECIFICATIONS
$18,465
23 / 28
2.4L I4
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2008 Jeep Compass

SPECIFICATIONS
$17,475
23 / 28
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2007 Jeep Compass

SPECIFICATIONS
$15,550
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2.4L I4
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2007 Jeep Compass Recalled for Sticking Accelerators
Chrysler Recalls 2007 Jeep Compass for Sticking Accelerators
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First Look: STARTECH Refines the Jeep Compass
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First Look: New Rallye Package from Mopar Is Available for 2007 Jeep Compass
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Since WWII Jeep has been the most macho nameplate around. Now the company is risking that equity on two car-based four-cylinder crossovers, hopefully without bringing down the brand's well-honed reputation.
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Chrysler Launches Production of the All-new 2007 Jeep Compass
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Modern sportiness is on the other side of the Jeep equation. Jeep's designers have taken that notion far beyond conventional Jeep ideals with the Compass.
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