The 2012 Jeep Compass is a compact crossover SUV available in FWD or 4WD. The Compass is available with two different engines; a standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 158 hp/141 lb-ft of torque and an optional 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that produces 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options consist of a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 20 mpg city to 29 mpg highway. Features include 17-inch wheels, halogen headlamps, heated seats, leather trim, touchscreen navigation, liftgate speakers, premium sound, and fold-flat seating. Safety is advanced airbags, comprised of electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, anti-lock braking, emergency braking assist, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and tire pressure monitoring. The Compass is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The 70th Anniversary, a special-edition one-off for 2011, is no longer available. Otherwise, the Compass is virtually identical to last year's model.
An affordable crossover SUV; fuel efficiency comparable to hybrids; spacious interior for passengers or cargo; top government ratings in crash tests
The car-like 2012 Jeep Compass is the only crossover vehicle in the Jeep family, and shares a platform with the boxy Jeep Patriot. The Compass combines the utility of a compact SUV and the maneuverability and crisp handling of a small hatchback, with some added rugged Jeep character. Inside, there is plenty of room for 4 passengers--5 in a pinch. The roof is tall, giving the interior an even-more spacious feel. Unique to the Compass are optional flip-down tailgate speakers, which many reviewers see as a big plus for the vehicle. Its competitors include the Hyundai Tucson and the Suzuki Grand Vitara, but the Jeep brings with it some off-road prowess that others in this segment don't feature. Price is perhaps the Compass' strongest selling point, offering SUV practicality with four-wheel drive starting as low as $20,612.
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