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2007 Jeep Compass

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2007 Jeep Compass Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

Compass is a Jeep for people who don't own one. A compass, that is. So we think you'll like the Compass if your drawn to the Jeep brand but don't consider yourself a serious off-roader.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your taste runs towards the SUV side of the sport utility-station wagon continuum, you may want to pass on Compass' contemporary, car-like contours in favor of something with a more conventional, 4x4 shape and more definite off-highway credentials.

What's New for 2007

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.

Driving the Compass

Driving Impressions One reason for the popularity of crossovers is that many are discovering they can have the added traction of all-wheel drive wrapped in the comfort and roadability of a car,...

not a truck. Though it's offered in both front-and all-wheel drive models, Jeep expects many buyers to opt for all-wheel drive, especially in snow belt states. Jeep's Freedom Drive I(tm) is a full-time, fully automatic all-wheel drive system, requiring no input from the driver. On dry pavement, it channels up to 100 percent of available engine power through the front wheels, but, it is continuously variable in response to driving conditions and can direct as much as 50 percent of engine torque to the rear and front wheels, when needed. Drivers can also engage a 4WD lock mode, for better grip in deep snow, sand or mud.

Overall Design
Crossover styling runs the gamut from spruced-up wagons to shrunken SUV's. The Compass design hits a nice note, closer to the former than the latter. The body tells you that this is a car-based, street-oriented vehicle (not a truck-based off-roader). And there are just enough styling features (front end, trapezoidal wheel flares) to identify it as a Jeep.

Fuel Economy
As a breed, SUV's are known to drink more than a frat house on a Friday night. Seen in this light, the compact Compass' fuel economy numbers look very respectable.

2007 Jeep Compass Details
2007 Jeep Compass photo Interior

The contemporary interior of the Compass seats four to five adults. Six-footers fit easily up front, though they'll find legroom snug in back, especially if like-size folks are in front of them. All controls and switchgear are straightforward in design and easy to reach. The seats are cloth in Sport and leather-trimmed in Limited. Plenty of on-board storage spots are available to stow water bottles, CD's and what-have-you. Split rear seatbacks (standard on Limited, optional on Sport) and a fold-flat front seat increase hauling options. Cargo capacity ranges from 22.7-53.6 cubic feet, depending upon how the seats are configured. Drivers must deal with rear quarter blind spots created by the wide rear pillars.

Exterior
2007 Jeep Compass photo

Jeep describes its designs as falling into two categories: Jeep Classic and Jeep Modern. Count Compass in the latter category, compact division. The Compass is close kin to the Dodge Caliber, and the two crossovers share the same basic shape, with a laid-back windshield and a curving roofline. Jeep's variation on the theme starts with a familiar face. The seven-slot grille, clamshell hood and round headlamps immediately mark the Compass as part of the Jeep clan. A high, beveled beltline and trapezoidal wheel openings add an updated take on traditional Jeep design. The wedge-shaped rear pillar, asymmetrical tail lamps and beefy bumper tie the package together in back. When you get right down to it, the Compass looks exactly like what it is — a cross between a station wagon and a sport utility vehicle, made by Jeep.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Compass is offered in Sport and Limited models. Front-wheel drive is standard in both trim levels, and all-wheel drive is available optionally in both. Notable among Compass Sport's standard features are a handful of safety-related items, including side-curtain airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Brake Traction Control and Electronic Roll Mitigation. Limited models add leather-trimmed, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel fitted with redundant controls for the sound system. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels (in place of 17's) and a tire-pressure-monitoring system are also standard on Limited.

Optional Equipment

Cousin to Dodge's Caliber, the Compass shares many of the interesting interior options available in Caliber. Among them: a flip-up holster built in the center armrest for your MP3 player or cell phone and a cargo bay ceiling light in back that doubles as a pop-out flashlight. Curiously, the over-the-glove-box cooler option offered on Caliber is not offered on Compass. The available Boston Acoustics(r) premium sound system (nine speakers, 458 watts) includes a pair of speakers mounted on the lift gate that do dual duty. Open the hatch and you can swing the speakers down to provide the soundtrack to your next tailgate party.

Under the Hood

Compass is offered with one engine and a choice of two transmissions. The 2.4-liter inline four cylinder engine can be had with either a five-speed manual transmission or optional Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT2) automatic. The 172-horsepower engine works well in the Compass platform and returns above-average gas mileage. The engine is a little loud at full throttle and, as with any small displacement motor, passing takes planning. Steep grades require downshifting with the manual to maintain speed. Driving the optional CVT2 takes some getting used to because it doesn't have the distinct shift points that our ears are conditioned to hearing.

2.4-liter in-line 4
172 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
165 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/29 (4WD w/5-speed manual), 23/26 (4WD w/CVT2)

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2007 Jeep Compass Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.2
Out of 10

Based on 371 Ratings for the 2007 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.4/10
  • Reliability
    7.9/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

reliable and sturdy

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, safe, fun to drive, nice features"

Cons: "blind spots are somewhat large"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has served me very well. I was stuck trying to drive home through a tornado-like storm and my Compass actually fared extremely well. I was safe and it had NO DAMAGE! It drives smooth and is a fun car to whip around in. Love it!"

Love my Compass!

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "So much fun to drive and great gas mileage."

Cons: "tiny gas tank for an SUV, only 12 gallons or so."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am absolutely in love with my 07 Compass. I have gone places and test drove brand new vehicles and NONE of them beats my Compass. It has actually been totaled by hail damage but I absolutely refuse to let go of it. The ride is amazing. The handling is amazing. The person that owned it before me was an elderly gentleman and he took good care of it just like I have. If Jesus were still on this earth now and purchased a vehicle, He would buy a Compass. When I purchase another vehicle, I will be returning to the Compass line."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Worst Car Ever!

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This car has been nothing but junk. It is cheaply made and cost a fortune to upkeep. I have replaced the control arms every 6 months. Then when they fail we have to replace tires because of uneven wear on them. Air bags are faulty and haven't been recalled. Had problems from the start. I will never buy a jeep again after this experience. Beware unless you have money to throw away don't buy the compass."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Good driver, decent fuel economy, plenty of room.

By on Saturday, May 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 144,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "good fuel economy, dependable."

Cons: "hard plastic interior is uncomfortable at times."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I really don't have any complaints. I've only replaced normal wear items: Alternator, starter, a little front end work, tires and brakes. It averages 25 mpg and the power is acceptable. The 6 speed CVT is a little jumpy a times but I've learned to live with it. If it gets too annoying I just give it extra gas and it's fine."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Not good Vehicle from the begining

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 159,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looked good on the Lot, not in my dooryard"

Cons: "never will buy a jeep vehicle again"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The compass was bought new off the lot in 2007, failed first state inspection, tie rod end bad, wore inside of tire to steel. Over the years we have dumped a lot of money in this car to keep it on the road. Everything from 4 tire every YEAR, countless front end parts and not the same ones, Recently fuel pump, and not to mention it literately fell apart coming to a stop at stop sign. The front cross members corroded and gave way. Glad my wife at the stop sign instead of 50 mph down the highway. Front and rear cross members were warranted by Jeep. This vehicle is jeeps failed attempt to make a crossover vehicle."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

very good transportation

By on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "excellent in snow"

Cons: "under powered"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Best vehicle I have ever driven in the snow. It is excellent on slippery conditions and completely dependable in inclement weather. Vehicle is a little under powered however and can be difficult to exit/enter if you are a tall individual (like I am). Overall, very pleased with this vehicle."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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