2012 Jeep Compass consumer reviews

$19,295–$21,045 MSRP range
side view of 2012 Compass Jeep
77% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 3.8
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.1
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Jeeps classy auto

The compass is not like the wrangler, it's a little slower pick-up but it's great for us seniors or a family car runs great for me. With our messed up roads. The driving experience is great. If you want it to run well, keep up the maintenance. I'm 67 years old and I'm happy.


Junk. Dealer not honest

Got compass second owner 80000 miles now cross member rotted away cost 2100. What is jeep doing building from junk won't buy a jeep again this is our 3rd NOT AGAIN


Rusted crossmembers - subframe

I bought a used jeep compass from a dealership that did not disclose it had rusted cross members. Jeep covered the cross members. They did not cover any of the other parts. Here I am with a jeep I had for literally 2 weeks shelling out almost $1000 in parts because of jeeps design of the vehicle and they will not help cover the cost.


not good

trans went out,$2700, on board computers went $4000. A real piece of junk. If this is the best that Jeep can do Toyota here I come


Excellent AWD small SUV

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 many questions about it as it is attractive. MPG is 21 - 29. Needs minimum maintenance, as it is a "world vehicle" [can be serviced anywhere without special tools, parts or knowledge.]-- basic and simple, uses ordinary spark plugs, oil etc. However in spite of manual advice, CVT fluid must be changed every 35 to 40K miles to ensure longevity. Adequate engine performance, very quiet except for sound of ram air intake system. Able to tow 2000#. Now 8 years old and still on original battery, brakes, etc. Internet review reveals this vehicle getting well over 100K with normal maintenance. Of all the vehicles of this type now available, I still choose this one -- best value and reliability!


Perfect small SUV for all around use

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 dogs, mud, hauling, etc. An underestimated workhorse in all conditions!


My 2012 Jeep Compass

So I’ve had this Jeep Compass since July 2015 and I have many complaints on it but it’s an alright car. I brought it with 42,000 miles on it and for the first few years I had no problems but after 75,000 miles it went downhill. There are pros but also many cons that need to be said Pros - it’s some how a chick magnet (I don’t see it but always get compliments from girls) -Great first car for teen/first driver -easy to drive -Firm steering wheel/handles well -awesome speakers/sound system/tailgate speaker - Can handle great in snow -good for local driving - good truck space and storage - has a 2 prong outlet Cons -Eh gas mileage -xxxxty transmission- if driving in the heat for over an hour the transmission will overheat and the car will go into limp mode, disabling the car to go past 40MPH, the worst part is that there is no code for this issue. -if I drive through a puddle and it splashes there is a chance that I will losing power steering, the wheel locks up and it’ll make this screeching noise. Also no code for this issue -THIS CAR IS SLOW, 0-60 in like 11.5 seconds - The CVT sucks and doesn’t shift great at higher RPMs So I’m my opinion, this is a good car for a younger driver, and if you’re going to buy an older edition compass do not get the CVT transmission, get the Automatic Transmission


Very poor vehicle

I wouldn't recommend this vehicle to anybody to many recalls if not recalls just repairs , had to quiet my job stressed me out couldn't afford to commute to work and pay for the repairs every day there was repairs.


Nice new car

This car is nice fits me comfortable gas mileage is great and my son loves it. Has enough room for me to stretch out and drive comfortably. I love the interior design and the dash board HDD radio


Not most reliable vehicle I owned.

This car was great in the beginning, then when the mileage got to be about 45.to 50,000 miles it eeens like everything went wrong... electrical, battery, electrical again.