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2012 Jeep Compass Sport SUV

2012 Jeep Compass Review

(0 Stars)  Getting better, but still far from great.

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Overview
Jeep has significantly upgraded the Compass since its lackluster debut in 2006. A vehicle that was quite literally the ugly duckling in the Jeep portfolio has been transformed into one of its best-looking products. The substantial interior and exterior makeover took place for the 2011 model year and resonated with shoppers, as sales have more than doubled. Jeep offers a variety of drivetrain options ranging from a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder that gets 29 mpg to a more powerful 2.4-liter four that can be paired with the rugged Freedom Drive II four-wheel-drive system and an off-road package that transforms the Compass into a surprisingly capable off-road machine. Neither engine is very refined, but they provide adequate power and reasonable fuel economy. The Compass is best suited to around-town driving and off-road excursions that are more focused on casual sightseeing than technical challenges. The Compass will be remembered for trying to stretch the Jeep brand a little too far, and it isn't long for this world. Even Brian Nathan, chief engineer for the Compass and the Patriot, admits, "The vehicle's life cycle is very short at this stage." During a press conference in 2009, it was announced that the Patriot and the Compass would be killed off by the end of 2012 to make room for a new, Fiat-based small SUV wearing a Jeep badge. If you absolutely need a small Jeep today, the Compass will do, but smart shoppers should wait to see what 2013 holds.

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2012 Compass Sport Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.0L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 23 MPG city, 29 MPG highway, 25 MPG combined and 340 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
13.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 158 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 141 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm

'12 Jeep Sport SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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