Consumer Reviews Summary
21 of 23 (91%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Jeep Compass Overview
The 2012 Jeep Compass delivers a mix of off-road capability with urban adventure driving. The Compass shares a vehicle platform with the Dodge Caliber, and is one of two front-wheel drives offered by Jeep. The Compass has an improved continuously variable automatic transmission for 2012, delivering better performance and improved gas-pedal response.
The Jeep Compass has two available engines: a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine with 141 pounds/feet of torque and available five-speed manual or two-speed auto/manual transmission; or 172-horseower, 2.4-liter, inline four-cylinder engine with 165-pounds/feet of torque and available five-speed manual, two-speed continuously variable automatic or auto/manual transmission. Available drivelines include front-wheel drive, Freedom Drive I four-wheel drive with lock mode, and the four-wheel drive, Trail Rated Freedom Drive II system, with a low range for off-road driving. The Compass has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds with optional towing package and the 2.4-liter engine, where the 2.0-liter engine provides a maximum towing capacity of 1,000 pounds.
The two-wheel drive Compass gets 21 to 23 mpg in the city and 27 to 29 mpg on the highway, depending on engine and transmission type. The four-wheel drive Compass gets 20 to 22 mpg in the city and 23 to 28 mpg on the highway, depending on transmission type.
The Compass seats five in standard premium cloth bucket seats, with available leather trim. The rear seats fold down in a 40/60-split configuration, and reclining rear seat backs are available, as is a front passenger fold flat seat. A power six-way driver’s seat and heated front seats are also available. Cargo capacity with all seats up measures 22.7 cubic feet, and when rear seats are folded, cargo capacity increases to 53.6 cubic feet. The tilt steering column is standard, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel is available. Air conditioning, cruise control and heated power side mirrors are also included with every Compass. Upgrades to air conditioning with automatic temperature control, and a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet are available. The audio system includes AM/FM/CD/MP3-capacity with audio jack and steering wheel music controls. Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, an audio USB port, SiriusXM Satellite radio and a rear seat entertainment system are optional, and a six-CD changer, DVD audio, and Garmin navigation system are available.
The Compass sports design elements inspired by the Grand Cherokee, such as the seven-slot grille with chrome trim, front bumper and headlight style. Seventeen-inch aluminum wheels are included in the base model, and 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum, or 17- and 18-inch painted aluminum wheels are available. A variety of roof rails and carriers are available, in addition to the standard side roof rails, including rooftop cargo box or basket, and hitch-mounted bike carrier. Fog lights are included, and chrome exhaust tips and a power sunroof are available.
Compass safety features include front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and supplemental side-curtain front and rear airbags, active front head restraints, safety cage structure and front and rear crumple zones. The dome light serves as a removable and rechargeable flashlight. A tire pressure monitor warning lamp is standard, and a premium warning display with PSI readings is available. The electronic stability system includes electronic roll mitigation, and the traction control and antilock brakes with brake assist provide additional driver control.
For drivers looking for a compact SUV for daily commuter driving, but desiring the flexibility of off-road performance, the 2012 Jeep Compass offers an excellent affordable choice.