• (4.7) 37 reviews
  • Available Prices: $6,631–$14,287
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 23-26
  • Engine: 172-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2011 Jeep Compass

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Jeep Compass

What We Don't Like

  • Limited towing capacity
  • Lackluster acceleration with CVT

Notable Features

  • Heavily revised front-end styling for 2011
  • Interior upgrades for 2011
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Available Trail-Rated off-road model
  • Available CVT automatic

2011 Jeep Compass Reviews

Vehicle Overview

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 2011
The 2011 Compass gets new front-end styling that makes it look like a smaller version of the Grand Cherokee SUV, Jeep's flagship model. Styling changes to the rear are more subtle. The Compass also gets interior revisions and a new Trail Rated model for 2011.

With its new front end, the 2011 Compass looks sleeker than its predecessor. It gets a new seven-slot grille, new headlights and a restyled front bumper. Look closely, and you'll notice the taillights and rear bumper are new, too. Other exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels; 18-inch rims optional
  • Standard fog lights
  • LED taillights
  • Available chrome exhaust tip
  • Available power sunroof

The Compass' cabin gains a host of updates for 2011, including new trim on the front doors with padded upper sills, a new steering wheel, new cloth upholstery and backlit switches. The interior also features a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Other interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard heated side mirrors
  • Available navigation system with Sirius Travel Link
  • Available premium audio with Boston Acoustics speakers

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 continuously variable automatic transmission that incorporates a low range for off-road driving. The package also includes 17-inch all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, a one-inch-higher ride height, skid plates 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 continuously variable automatic transmission
  • 2,000-pound maximum towing capacity when properly equipped

Safety features include:

  • Standard hill start assist with manual transmission
  • 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


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 37 reviews

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Most reliable car I've owned!

by mrz2210 from Alexandria, VA on December 11, 2017

I have never had any issues with this car. It has put up with long trips, my german shepherd, and plenty of highway miles with ease.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

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Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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