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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.
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:
The interior features a 60/40-split folding rear seat and an optional fold-flat front passenger seat. Other interior features include:
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:
Safety features include:
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