2012 Jeep Compass Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Compass is Jeep’s compact SUV that is aimed toward consumers who spend more time in an urban environment by combining the functionality of a sport-utility vehicle with the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car. With traditional Jeep styling, the Compass features a Jeep seven-slot grille, round headlights and trapezoidal wheel openings. The windshield is steeply raked and the side profile shows the uniquely sculpted fender shapes with standard 17-inch aluminum wheels or optional 18-inch wheels. In 2011, the Compass was redesigned, with exterior cues from the Jeep Grand Cherokee that included a new hood, new front fenders, new fascia and new headlamps, as well as a new grille, and an upgraded interior featuring featuring soft touch points and high-quality materials.
The 2012 Jeep Compass is capable of heading off-road, but reviewers say other SUVs, like the Jeep Wrangler, are better.
Even though the Jeep Compass isn’t the best off-road SUV for rock climbing or trudging through creeks, reviewers say it does have some off-road power. Test drivers think the Compass will appeal to consumers with its low base price and good fuel economy. And because it is a crossover, which means it has car-like handling, the Compass is more practical for commutes to the office than other off-road vehicles. But if you need one of the most capable off-road SUVs on the market, the Jeep Compass isn’t it. The Jeep Wrangler is the best option.
If the 2012 Jeep Compass’ affordability lures you in, you will have to make compromises. Inside, the Compass lacks standard amenities, like a USB port, that shoppers seek. It also doesn’t have a ton of cargo space, so if the Compass will double as a family hauler, you’ll get more utility with the Honda CR-V. However, if you really need an affordable off-road SUV, the 2012 Jeep Compass offers a suitable balance between workplace commutes and off-road adventures.
Four-wheel-drive Compass models are only available with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. In our Compass, this was paired with the disappointing continuously variable transmission, which had us wishing for the standard-equipment manual gearbox. Jeep also offers a 2.0-liter four-cylinder on front-drive models, but with only 158 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque, it promises to feel at least as underpowered as the larger engine. While getting the Compass moving is not the problem – its throttle response and initial acceleration is decent enough – once you hit highway speeds (greater than 45 mph), the vehicle is painfully slow to respond. Even when the CVT pegs the tachometer, you’ll experience more volume than motion.
Despite the lack of refinement under its hood, the Compass could still be an endearing choice when shopped against other compact crossovers – until you crunch the numbers on size. This area is paramount among shoppers in the segment, most of which are looking for that magical combination of roominess, cargo capacity, big mpg numbers and low MSRP. Among the price-competitive set – which includes the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Forester – the Compass is just too small to make up for its shortcomings. Save for rear legroom, the Compass trails in the important measurements of roominess, and its rear cargo capacity is the lowest by a healthy three cubic feet. The class of this class – the CR-V and Subaru Forester – offer over 10 cubic feet more cargo capacity behind their rear seats.
2012 Jeep Compass Price :
MSRP range: $19,295 – $26,045
Invoice price range: $18,967 – $25,051
2012 Jeep Compass Reviews :
Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3107
City (MPG) : 23
Hwy (MPG) : 29
Horsepower : 158@6400
Torque (lb-ft) : 141@5000
Wheelbase : 103.7
Length (in.) : 175.1
Width (in.) : 71.4
Height (in.) : 65.0