The Compass is an all-new Jeep model for 2007. It is Jeep's entry into the compact and crossover sport utility segment and is the first Jeep built on a front-wheel-drive platform, though it is available with 4-wheel drive (4WD) to deal with adverse weather and low-traction surfaces.
The Compass points a new way for Jeep. While Jeeps traditionally have been designed to conquer rugged off-road terrain such as northern California's famous Rubicon Trail, the Compass is designed more for assaulting urban streets. Its standard powertrain setup is front-wheel drive, and instead of the normal sort of rugged terrain, low-gear setup, it's 4WD system is called "Freedom Drive" and is designed for such obstacles as deep snow rather than boulders. The Compass also has a more urban design, though with enough Jeep cues to set it apart from the crossover competition.
Standard Compass equipment includes a 172-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, a 5-speed manual transmission, electronic stability control with anti-rollover technology, anti-lock brakes for its 4-wheel discs, side curtain air bags, a CD player with auxiliary audio jack, a vinyl load floor, a sliding center armrest with cell phone or MP3 pocket, a 60/40 split rear seat, manual windows and locks, a tilt steering column, fog lamps, and a rear-window wiper/washer and defroster.
The Jeep Compass Limited version adds leather-trimmed and heated front bucket seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, air conditioning, speed-sensitive power locks, remote keyless entry, power mirrors and windows, a reclining rear seat, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a fold-flat front passenger's seat, a compass, a tire-pressure-monitoring system, and 18-inch wheels.
Options include an Auto Stick controller for the optional, continuously-variable automatic transmission, a navigation system, a power sunroof, side air bags, a Boston Acoustics premium sound system, YES Essentials stain- and odor-resistant seat fabric, and more.
The Jeep Compass competes in the Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 20 models. Buyers in this segment look for fuel economy, reliability, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Honda CR-V (170,028 units sold), Ford Escape (157,395), and Toyota RAV4 (152,047). The Jeep Compass sold 18,579 units in 2006 in its first year on the market. Other models offered in the Compact CUV segment include the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chevrolet Equinox and HHR, Saturn Vue, and Scion xB . Joining the segment in 2007 are the Jeep Patriot and Kia Rondo.
|Sport||5 speed manual||$15,550||172-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||26/30|
|Limited||5 speed manual||$20,300||172-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||26/30|