The Jeep Compass: The Details
The Jeep Compass is considered an entry level compact crossover sport utility vehicle. Jeep first introduced the Compass at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in January where it was very well received. The vehicle was then produced starting in May for the 2007 model year. This vehicle aims to connect with a consumer base that Jeep may not have been able to target in the past as this is a vehicle that can be used by a family as well as someone that enjoys the thrill of off road. The Jeep Compass is teaming up with the Jeep Patriot to take the place of the Jeep Liberty in the Jeep lineup. The Jeep division of Chrysler manufactures the Crossover in Belvidere, Illinois at Belvidere Assembly.
The wheelbase of the Jeep Compass measures 103.7 inches and the overall length of the vehicle measures 173.4 inches. The width of the vehicle measures 69.3 inches and the height is 64.2 inches. Though the Compass is considered a compact crossover sport utility vehicle, it is quite roomy and relatively large. In fact, many people question the ability for the Compass to handle off road because it is very spacious, but Jeep contends that the Compass is serving the need of their consumers and is more than capable of some off road action.
Related vehicles are the Mitsubishi Lancer, Dodge Caliber, Jeep Patriot, and the Mitsubishi Outlander as they are all on the same platform, which is the Mitsubishi GS platform. Other vehicles on the market that the Compass can be compared to, include the Honda CR-V, the Kia Sportage, and the Mazda CX-7. The compact crossover sport utility vehicle segment of the business is very popular and growing all the time, making the Compass a great choice for those that are looking for a very affordable, high quality, and well performing vehicle.
The Compass boasts a 172 horsepower 2.4 liter I4 gasoline engine and there is also an option for a 2.0 liter diesel engine in the European and Australian markets. The 2.0 liter engine is Volkswagen designed and is the same engine that is used in the Volkswagen Passat. Some of the other features of the Compass include an electronically controlled all wheel drive system that offers variable torque between speeds of 35 and 65 miles per hour which provides optimal handling at all times. This is an optional feature as the base model, which costs less than $16,000, features just four wheel drive. It’s important to note that while Jeep stands behind the quality of the compass, it is not Trail Rated. What this means is that it has not undergone the same off road testing as other Jeep vehicles. This testing looks at traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, water fording, and articulation.
Thus far the Compass has been very well received. This is due in large part to the fact that it is very well priced and is an attractive entry level compact crossover sport utility vehicle. The vehicle has received some criticism because though it is well built and could handle some off road encounters, the Compass has not been trail rated. For many people the Jeep brand and off road experiences are synonymous, but this vehicle cannot offer this with the confidence that other Jeep vehicles can. Jeep has decided to focus some of their attention on the consumers in the market for a sport utility vehicle that will offer them the look and overall style and benefits of a sport utility vehicle. Many consumers like the look and have no intention to go off road with the vehicle, they simply like the set up and the space that the vehicle provides.