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The Compass receives an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission, but only on the front-drive and 4x4 Freedom Drive I models. More tweaks to the interior and exterior help somewhat, as do new safety features like standard front seat side airbags and an available rear backup camera.
The least traditional of Jeeps launched at the most fortuitous of times. Usually, the arrival of a car-like, street-oriented, front-wheel-drive vehicle like Compass from Jeep would have off-road purists scratching their heads, especially since it's accompanied by a more traditional, truck-like model (Patriot) that will sell for about the same price.
Timing may not be everything, but it's certainly something. Consumers have shown a definite penchant for crossover vehicles recently so Jeep's decision to field not one but two new crossovers for 2007 may prove exceptionally wise. Of the two, the Jeep Compass is designed for buyers who seek on-road comfort and convenience with a dash of Jeep off-road heritage, while the Jeep Patriot, though based on the same vehicle platform, is a more traditional, off-road-capable Jeep with styling to match.
By Chris (Southern Maryland) on Wednesday, December 31, 2008
overall rating 7 of 10rating details
"I have own several Fords and Jeeps. I have owned my Compass for 2 years. I have never had any problems with this car. I can not say that for the Fords I have owned. The gas mieage is great as long as you reailze that you are not in a V6. I can get 27 miles to the gallon city and 31 on the hwy if you excellerate slowly. I wish that the value of the car would hold up better for resale but so far it has been my favorite car I have ever owned."
34 people out of 34 found this review helpful
By Mrs. R (WV) on Friday, April 27, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Nice to drive, remote start, heated seats"
Cons: "Pricey, poorly controlled cruise"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought this vehicle in Nov. 2011, and I have only minimal complaints. For the price I paid, I feel it should have some of the minor conveniences my old Grand Cherokee had (rear glass lift, mpg calculator/dash computer controls, dual automatic up/down window controls, etc). That being said, there are several qualities I love: reclining 60/40 bench rear seat, heated seats, Sirius radio, aux jack, fog lights, flat-folding passenger seat, and my remote start. My husband and I are remodeling our house, and we have been able to haul most of our supplies (including 8ft pieces of lumber and landscape beams). I was also able to haul several bags of soil and mulch, with no noticeable driving difference. I like the way it drives better than my Grand Cherokee; it handles more like a car than a large SUV (understandably). Four adults are able to fit comfortably (but five is stretching it a bit). There have been no mechanical problems yet. This was obviously not built for serious off-roading, but I have had no problems on some of our more treacherous back roads in the area. I average about 23mpg, city/hwy combined. I live in an area with a lot of hills, and the cruise control doesn't handle that on the interstate as well as some of my previous cars. If I have it set on 73, I can vary anywhere between 65-75. The four-wheel drive performed well in the little bit of snow we had this winter. Overall I am very happy with it, as is my husband."
15 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By TR (TX) on Sunday, July 10, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good value for money, good driver, reliable car. much impoved over my 07 compass"
Cons: "Needs direct injection. You get this to over 30mpg on the highway it would be unbeatable."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I had an 07 compass. After 75k I had absolutely no issues with the car. Being here in Texas, always outside, and using it more like a truck than a car it was was getting worn around the edges. It still ran fine, but I had torn up the interior a bit and it went through a hail storm, so it was time. The 11 compass takes a good vehicle and made it better. How? It drives better and tighter, it is quieter going down the road, the interior is much better laid out. I got a few creature comforts in this one that I did not have in the other one. I paid the same price for this one that I did for the last one, I get better amenities and the dealer gave me a really good deal. ONE CAVEAT, I ONLY DRIVE STICK CARS. I hate rubber band transmissions, I like to feel the road and have more control over the car. I still think this is one of the best vehicles for the amount of space and utility for the money. I don't drive them forever, but if I have no issues I have no complaints. Have a good one..."
15 people out of 15 found this review helpful