Compared to last year, the 2008 Jeep Compass remains virtually unchanged. It features a 172 horsepower 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder with a 5-speed manual transmission (or a Continuously Variable Transaxle automatic as an option). The Compass is offered in two trim levels – the Sport and the Limited – in either two or four wheel drive. In addition to a nice list of standard equipment that includes air conditioning, cruise control and heated seats, the Compass also features plenty of safety features, including front/side-body/side-head airbags, ABS brakes and traction control.Read more Read less
In its second model year, the Jeep Compass gets a wide range of changes to its lists of standard and available equipment lists for 2008. Most notably, air conditioning is now standard across the model line, and a navigation system is newly available on the top Limited model. A newly available Special Equipment Group "E" package brings stain-resistant fabric, carpeted floor mats, and cruise control, and a Safety and Convenience Group brings a garage door opener, an auto-dimming mirror, an information center, and an alarm system. Also, the Security and Convenience Group now includes the UConnect hands-free communication system, the Trailer Tow Prep Group now adds a full-size spare tire, and the Premium Sound Group adds Sirius satellite radio. The Compass's engine and transmission have received some calibration changes to help reduce noise, and the CVT automatic transmission is now equipped with an Auto Stick function, which allows some driver control of the gear ratio. The interior has been brightened up a bit with new chrome trim inside on the door locks, door handles, and radio knobs. Finally, there are also several color changes: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl replaces Black Clear Coat and Surf Blue Pearl replaces Marine Blue Pearl; Sunburst Orange Pearl is new.
Maneuverability and handling; convenience and utility; lots of safety features; value for money; fuel efficiency compared with that of small SUVs.
The carlike 2008 Jeep Compass combines the utility of a compact SUV and the maneuverability and crisp handling of a small hatchback, with some added rugged Jeep character. The Compass also has better fuel-efficiency than most SUVs its size, at an EPA-rated 23 mpg city, 28 highway, and also stands out for its standard safety features, including side curtain air bags and electronic stability control. Price is perhaps the strongest selling point, though; at a base price that's equal to that of many small economy cars, the Compass is an impressive alternative.