Jeep officially introduced the Compass in 2007,showcasing a brand new mid-sized economy SUV that offered entry-level featuresand an affordable price tag with plenty of add-ons for scrupulous buyers. In2008, Jeep made some changes to the Compass, making A/C and chrome accentsstandard on the base model.
The company also added GPS for the Limited trim andupdated the engine and transmission to make for a quieter ride. In 2009, Jeepoverhauled the design of the Compass, including redesigning the dashboard andadding higher quality materials to the build. The carmaker also added a USBjack and optional music storage hard drive. In 2010, the Jeep rolled out the first manualtransmission Compass for the 2.0-liter engine. Active head restraints alsobecame standard, and climate control was offered on the Limited trim withremote start and continuously variable transmission (CVT) options available.
In2011, Jeep updated the style of the Compass and improved its handling, addingthe Off-Road package and options for skid plates and different tires. The 2012 Jeep Compass offered three trim levels andfeatured a newly recalibrated CVT system for better handling. No significantchanges were made to the 2013 Compass. In 2014, Jeep introduced a six-speedautomatic transmission for the Compass that replaced the CVT (for most trims).The carmaker also updated the style and added the option for a backup cameraand 6.5 touchscreen in the Limited. Jeep also made front-seat side airbagsstandard for all models and trims.