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2012 Jeep Compass Review


Offering fuel economy of up to 29 miles per gallon (mpg) highway and unsurpassed 4x4 off-road capability in the compact-SUV segment, the 2012 Jeep® Compass features a sophisticated design, with cues coming directly from the brand’s premium icon, the legendary Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Coupled with a tasteful interior and refined ride and handling characteristics that excel in all conditions, Jeep Compass offers a unique blend of premium styling, capability, efficiency and value that is unmatched in the compact-SUV segment.

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New for 2012, the Jeep Compass sports three new exterior colors: True Blue Pearl Coat, Copperhead Pearl Coat and Rescue Green Pearl Coat. Calibration improvements to the available continuously- variable transmission II (CVT2) provide drivers with better launch acceleration, smoother deceleration when coasting from 25 miles per hour (mph), improved pedal responsiveness and reduced engine revolutions per minute (rpm) when accelerating at mid-throttle.

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Delivering the packaging and interior flexibility of an SUV with the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car, the 2012 Jeep Compass also boasts more than 30 safety and security features, including standard electronic stability program (ESC), electronic roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist (with manual transmission), side-curtain air bags for all rows and available front-seat-mounted side air bags.

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The 2012 Jeep Compass offers an array of clever features consumers will appreciate whether commuting to work, driving in challenging weather conditions, or exploring new trails or out-of-the-way places. Uconnect® media center with iPod interface, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, navigation with SIRIUS Travel Link, power sunroof, a premium audio system with nine Boston Acoustic speakers, illuminated cup holders, liftgate speakers and fold-flat rear seats are some of the available cool features that make the Compass the perfect compact SUV, enabling consumers to enjoy any adventure.

The 2012 Jeep Compass is packed with standard features that provide value and convenience for drivers and passengers. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows, power locks, power/heated exterior mirrors, keyless entry, 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, cruise control, illuminated cup holders, a removable/rechargeable light, outside temperature display, electronic stability control, front driver and passenger active head restraints, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist, all-row side-curtain air bags, anti-lock disc brakes, 60/40 fold-flat rear seat and sunscreen glass.

For 2012, the Jeep Compass continues to offer an All-weather Capability Group option which includes Goodyear 17-inch all-terrain tires, all-season floor mats, daytime running headlamps, engine block heater and tow hooks.

Segment-leading Capability
The 2012 Jeep Compass offers customers unsurpassed 4x4 off-road capability with Jeep Freedom Drive II as well as excellent fuel economy in its segment.

Jeep Compass is available in three drivetrain configurations. In addition to the standard front-wheel-drive system, Jeep Compass also is available with Freedom Drive I and the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package.

Jeep Freedom Drive I is an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode designed to give drivers year-round assurance with the ability to handle rough weather and low-traction conditions. This active four-wheel-drive system is recommended for daily use, including slick conditions that come with rain and light snow. Freedom Drive I also features a lockable center coupling, giving drivers the ability to put the Jeep Compass in four-wheel-drive lock mode to handle deep snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces.

The Jeep Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is an available four-wheel-drive system that delivers Jeep Trail Rated® capability in Compass form. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package includes a second-generation continuously variable transaxle with low range (CVT2L) that engages when the off-road mode is activated, 17-inch all-terrain tires and aluminum wheels, a one-inch raised ride height, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and manual seat height adjuster. The available Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is recommended for moderate off-road situations that include steep grades, occasional wheel lift and rock or log climbing.

The 2012 Jeep Compass’ powertrain is designed to deliver world-class performance in all weather conditions, fuel economy and refinement, all at an affordable, value-packed price.

Compass features a standard 2.0-liter World Engine for the 2012 Jeep Compass Sport and Latitude models that provides 158 horsepower (117 kW) and 141 lb.-ft. (191 N•m) of torque coupled with the continuously-variable transmission (CVT2), and delivers excellent 23 mpg in the city, and 29 mpg on the highway when mated to the five-speed manual transmission.

The proven 2.4-liter World Engine produces 172 horsepower (129 kW) and 165 lb.-ft. (224 N•m) and is available on all models and standard on the Limited. This 2.4-liter World Engine has dual variable-valve timing (VVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts, which helps optimize the torque curve at all speeds and produces more power, better fuel economy and smoother, quieter operation than engines without dual VVT. Dual VVT is a technology typically not available on vehicles sold in the United States in the Jeep Compass’ price class. The Jeep Compass’ 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transaxle in front-wheel drive configuration delivers 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Jeep Compass also features a standard five-speed manual transaxle on the entry-level Compass Sport model and a CVT that is available on the Compass Sport model and standard on the Latitude and Limited models. The Compass’ CVT2 is a second-generation CVT that Chrysler Group engineers calibrated for a pleasing engine response and precise ratio control. CVT2 contributes to a fuel economy improvement of 6 to 8 percent compared with a traditional four-speed automatic. The Compass CVT2 also improves vehicle performance compared with a traditional automatic transaxle because of optimized gear ratios, especially in the 30–60 mph range during passing maneuvers.

The 2012 Jeep Compass also provides up to 2,000 lbs. of towing capacity.

Jeep Compass Model Lineup
The 2012 Jeep Compass is available in three configurations: Compass Sport, Latitude and Limited. All are available with front-wheel drive, the Freedom Drive I full-time, active 4x4 system or the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package full-time, active 4x4 system with low-range capability.

The 2012 Jeep Compass Sport model is powered by the 2.0-liter I-4 World Gas Engine which produces 158 horsepower and 141 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Standard features include: electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist, advanced multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags, all-row side curtain air bags, front driver and passenger active head restraints, 17-inch aluminum wheels, anti-lock front disc, rear drum brakes, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power-heated exterior mirrors, body-color exterior door handles and liftgate brow, illuminated keyless entry, illuminated cup holders, removable/rechargeable flashlight, floor mats, outside temperature display, rear 60/40 split folding seat, fold-flat rear seat, cruise control, projector fog lamps, deep tint glass and bright roof side rails.

In addition to the features that are standard on the Sport model, the 2012 Jeep Compass Latitude standard features include: continuously variable transmission II (CVT2), remote start, heated cloth front seats, driver seat height adjuster, fold-flat front passenger seat, 60/40 rear seat recline, 115-volt power inverter and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and speed controls.

The 2012 Compass Limited model offers the standard features of the Compass Latitude model as well as: leather-trimmed front and rear seats, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, manual driver lumbar adjust, leather-wrapped parking brake handle, six-way power driver seat, Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), AM/FM/six-disc CD/DVD/MP3/HDD radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic temperature control, bright exhaust tip and bright accent on rear fascia.

The 2012 Jeep Compass is available in the following exterior colors: Black Clear Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Mineral Gray Metallic Clear Coat, Rescue Green Pearl Coat, Copperhead Pearl Coat (late availability), and True Blue Pearl Coat (late availability).

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Available options include Freedom Drive I and Freedom Drive II four-wheel drive systems, 2.4-liter I-4 World Gas Engine producing 172 horsepower (129 kW) and 165 lb.-ft. (224 N•m) of torque, power sunroof, Uconnect handsfree Bluetooth® compatible phone with iPod connectivity, driver- and passenger-front-seat mounted air bags, premium nine-speaker audio system with liftgate speakers and navigation with SIRIUS Travel Link.

Built at the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Ill., the 2012 Jeep Compass models will begin arriving in dealer showrooms in the third quarter, 2011.

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