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By Cars.com Staff
October 14, 2011
Built on a car-based platform shared with the Dodge Caliber, the Compass is one of two front-drive-based models from Jeep — the other being the compact Patriot. Compass competitors include the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.
New for 2012 Jeep has modified the calibration of the available continuously variable automatic transmission to deliver better launch acceleration, smoother deceleration, reduced mid-throttle engine rpm and heightened gas-pedal sensitivity.
Exterior The Compass shares a few styling cues with its big brother, the Grand Cherokee SUV. Similarities are most evident in the front bumper, grille and headlight styling. Exterior features include:
Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels; 18-inch rims optional
Standard fog lights
Optional chrome exhaust tip
Optional power sunroof
Interior The interior features a 60/40-split folding rear seat and an optional fold-flat front passenger seat. Other interior features include:
Standard cloth upholstery; leather optional
Standard air conditioning
Standard cruise control
Standard heated power side mirrors
Standard illuminated cupholders
Optional navigation system
Optional Boston Acoustics speakers
Optional Uconnect hands-free phone connectivity
Under the Hood Two four-cylinder engines are offered in the Compass, and buyers can choose from three drivelines: front-wheel drive; Freedom Drive I four-wheel drive with lock mode; and Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package, a Trail-Rated four-wheel-drive system. Freedom Drive II has a CVT that incorporates a low range for off-road driving. The package also includes 17-inch all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, an extra inch of ground clearance for 9.1 inches overall, a skid plate for the gas tank and tow hooks. Mechanical features include:
Base 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Available 172-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Both engines use regular gas
Five-speed manual or CVT
2,000-pound towing capacity when properly equipped
Safety Safety features include:
Standard side curtain airbags
Standard electronic stability system with electronic roll mitigation
Standard antilock brakes
Standard traction control
Optional seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats
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