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