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2012 Jeep Compass

2012 Jeep Compass

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$4,472 — $13,004 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
23-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Grand Cherokee-inspired styling
  • Ease of entry/exit
  • Versatility
  • Standard safety features

The Bad

  • Limited towing capacity
2012 Jeep Compass exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Jeep Compass
  • Optional flip-down liftgate speakers
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Available Trail-Rated off-road model

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2012 Jeep Compass Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 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 I...

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 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

 

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
58 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Excellent AWD small SUV

by Terry L from Eugene on August 7, 2020

I've had VW Jetta TDI, 5 Subarus, and a Jeep Liberty TDI. Due to no longer needing the towing capacity of the diesel we traded in for the 2012 compass and never looked back. Cute little SUV, have had ... Read full review

(5.0)

Perfect small SUV for all around use

by Terry L from Eugene on January 14, 2020

Handles great, good height for snow and rough going, actually one of the better mpg this niche and year; learning curve for the cvt but now I love it; hard surfaces inside make for easy cleaning from ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Jeep Compass currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Jeep Compass has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Jeep

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Compass received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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