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The 2007-2017 Jeep Compass

2014 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep Compass changes

For 2017, the first generation’s final year, there were just two models, Sport and Latitude, as the company readied its second generation 2017 Jeep Compass. For 2016, models were cut to Sport and Latitude, but a Sport SE was added.

Jeep Compass, 2007-2017 (First Generation)

2014 Jeep Compass car review
2013 Jeep Compass Off-Road

The 2007 Jeep Compass was Jeep’s first front-wheel-drive-based car with a fully independent suspension, with front struts and a multilink rear setup. Created alongside the Dodge Caliber and based on a heavily modified Mitsubishi Galant platform, Compass first hit the dealerships in late 2006 as a 2007 model.

The 2007 Jeep Compass with four wheel drive was started at $17,805, just under the Subaru Impreza, with mileage rated at 25 city, 29 highway. It had both manual and CVT (automatic, but continuously variable) transmissions.

Jeep Compass SUV

The Jeep Compass had 52.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat; features not typically found in a compact SUV included:

  • Standard side-curtain air bags
  • Optional Boston Acoustics sound with two speakers in the liftgate which could swing down for tailgating
  • A sliding center armrest, with a flip pocket for storing a cell phone or an MP3 player
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Optional 60/40 rear seats that could fold flat or recline by 12 degrees
  • Washable, removable vinyl load floor in the rear cargo area
  • YES Essentials® antimicrobial fabric. This was originally tough and somewhat uncomfortable, but that was addressed in later years.

Jeep Compass had a single engine, the 172-horsepower 2.4-liter World Engine with dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts. Transmissions were a five-speed manual transaxle and a Continuously Variable Transaxle (CVT2), with an optional AutoStick® feature for manual control, with the simulation of six gears. The CVT2 reportedly brought 6-8% better than a traditional 4-speed automatic. A 2.0-liter Volkswagen diesel engine was available in some markets.

Compass’ optional full-time 4x4 system was recommended for daily use; the “Lock” mode was for deep snow, deep sand and other low-traction surfaces. Both the full-time and “Lock” modes included brake-based traction control, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), brake assist, roll mitigation, and anti-lock brakes with rough-road detection. Compass’ standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes provided an excellent 60-0 mph dry pavement stopping distance of 125 ft.

Compass used standard 17-inch wheels and all-season touring tires and optional 18-inch wheels and all-season performance tires.

Standard equipment included side-curtain air bags, ESP, traction control, ABS, a fold-flat vinyl load floor, AM/FM CD radio with an auxiliary audio input jack, cloth seats, 12-volt power outlet, manual windows, locks, and foldaway mirrors, silver interior bezels and door arm rests, tilt steering wheel, dome and cargo lights, floor mats and a center console sliding armrest that moved forward 3 inches to accommodate shorter drivers. The armrest lid featured a unique flip pocket for storing a cell phone or an MP3 player.

EPA Gas Mileage 2.0 Manual 2.0 CVT Auto (2014)2.4 Manual 2.4 CVT2

Auto (2014)

2.4 CVT2L
Front wheel drive, 2010 23/29 23/27  23/28 21/25   
Front wheel drive, 2011-1423/28   21/2721/28 
4x4, 2010      23/28 21/24   
4x4, 2011-14   22/2821/2621/2720/23

Additional exterior standard features included fog lamps, body-color grille and fascias, body-color bodyside molding, black door handles, accent-color liftgate appliqué and 17-inch aluminum wheels and touring tires.

inside the jeep compass

Optional features on Jeep Compass included four wheel drive, CVT2, seat-mounted side air bags, heated cloth or leather seats, AM/FM radio with six-disc CD player and MP3 CD play capability, flexible 60/40 split-fold rear seats, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, air conditioning, power group (which included driver one-touch power windows, power locks, Remote Keyless Entry and power mirrors), deep-tinted glass, security alarm, trailer tow prep package, daytime running lamps, 17-inch all-terrain OWL tires, a full-size spare tire, engine block heater, 110-volt outlet in the center console, a removable, rechargeable interior lamp, fold-flat passenger seat, tonneau cover, speed control, full-size spare tire, map lights, manual seat height adjuster, 60/40 rear seats that both fold flat and recline, passenger assist handles and illuminated entry, YES Essentials® fabric, a Driver Convenience Group (which includes tire pressure monitor and electrochromic mirror), Leather Interior Group (which includes leather seats, manual lumbar, leather steering wheel with radio controls, heated seats and floor mats), UConnect™ hands-free communication system and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics premium sound system that featured two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate. When the liftgate was open, the speakers could swing down from the trim panel to face rearward for tailgating and other activities.

iPod connectorThe Jeep Compass Limited also was available in both front-wheel and four-wheel drive and featured a standard 172-horsepower 2.4-liter World Engine coupled with a five-speed manual transaxle or an optional CVT2. In addition to the standard features on the Jeep Compass model, the Limited model featured bright front and rear fascia overlays, bright side moldings, 18-inch aluminum wheels and tires, Leather Interior Group and heated seats.

Beyond those offered on the Jeep Compass model, available options on the Jeep Compass Limited model included: 18-inch chrome clad wheels, sunroof, Driver Convenience Group (which included compass and temperature gauge, tire pressure monitor and electrochromic mirror), AutoStick and body-color bodyside molding.

All 2007 Jeep Compass models were available in Jeep Green Metallic Clear Coat, Khaki Metallic Clear Coat, Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Marine Blue Pearl Coat, Steel Blue Metallic Clear Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Black Clear Coat and Stone White Clear Coat.

All models featured a two-tone interior color theme of dark and lighter shades of Pastel Slate Gray or Pastel Pebble Beige.

Production began in the second quarter of 2006 at the Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant.

Historical small-Jeep notes

Back in the 1980s , there was a Jeep internal concept car designed on the K platform. While it was off-road capable, many were glad it was not made, given the severe cost-cutting at the time, which would probably have made it a poor compromise in production form. However, the idea was not terrible - take a compact passenger car, beef up the suspension, add four wheel drive, and you get an off-road vehicle that is actually better on-road and less expensive than a custom-designed off-roader would be (at least partly due to economies of scale).

2014-15 Jeep Compass

compassThe 2014 Jeep Compass gained a new powertrain option: a six-speed Hyundai automatic. That transmission was chosen because of its size, wide range, and weight; it also works with a Magna Dynamax all wheel drive system, which has just become available to Chrysler after a Hyundai-exclusive run. (See our review!)

The six speed automatic will be optional on both front wheel drive and “Freedom Drive I” four wheel drive systems. Buyers can still opt for the five-speed manual transmission on front drive and Freedom Drive I. Those who want a Trail Rated Compass or Patriot (with the Freedom Drive II system) will need to opt for the carry-over CVT. Contrary to prior rumors, the engines used in Compass and Patriot will be carryovers.

compass offroad

New features for 2014 on Compass include a moderately updated interior and exterior design, standard front seat mounted side airbags, and an optional backup camera. The Compass boasts gas mileage of up to 30 mpg, highway, with standard side curtain airbags for both rows of seats, stability control with roll mitigation, hill start assist (manual only), and four wheel antilock brakes.  The All Weather group continues, with 17 inch all-terrain tires, mud-and-snow floor mats, DRLs, an engine block heater, and tow hooks.

2014 jeep compass headlights

The Hyundai 6F24 automatic has a 5.46 gear spread, with a 4.21:1 first gear and 0.77:1 top gear (see all gear ratios on Dart-Mouth), and should provide better launches, possibly with improved highway mileage. The transmission is a fill-for-life design.

Jeep Compass crossing logs

Exterior changes included plated upper grille trim and colored-silver grille texture on Latitude and Limited; a black inner bezel in the headlamps (with projector halogens on Limited); painted mirror caps, “smoked” inner bezels on tail-lights, a plated chrome insert on the tailgate, and optional 18 inch wheels on Limited. Inside, saddle brown perforated leather seats were optional on Limited, while Latitude got a new mesh-and-vinyl seat; Light Pebble Beige trim had a tangerine accent stitch. The gauge cluster had been refaced, and new satin chrome finishes adorned other surfaces.

Jeep Compass

Freedom Drive I is a full time active four wheel drive system with a lockable center coupling. Freedom Drive II, which uses the CVT, provides a low range, all-terrain tires, a higher (by one inch) ride height, a full size spare, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps, and manual seat height adjuster.

Year Caliber Compass Patriot US Sales
2006 92,224 18579 0 110,803
2007 101,079 39491 40434 181,004
2008 84,158 25,349 55,654 165,161
2009 36,098 11,739 31,432 79,269
2010 45,082 15,894 38,620 99,596
2011 35,049 47,709 54,647 137,405
2012 10,176 40,235 62,010 112,421
2013 0 52,993 75,797 128,790
2014 0 61,264 93,462 154,726


In 2015, Altitude was added a “blacked out” theme and a new “High Altitude” package was available for AWD-but-not-Trail-Rated models, with leather, power sunroof, power six-way driver seat, and 17-inch bright painted wheels. Navigation was an option on the Latitude, Eco Green Clear Coat replaced Rugged Brown, and a dome light replaced the removable flashlight.

2012 Compass review2013 Jeep Compass and Patriot Off-Road • 2008 Jeep Patriot FWD Off-Road

2011 Jeep Compass changes

The 2011 Jeep Compass dramatically changed the appearance of the Caliber-based vehicle; inside, the cabin was upgraded with more soft touch points and higher quality materials. Under the hood, ride and handling were improved in all weather conditions, thanks to upgraded steering and suspension systems. The Compass also gained substantial off-road capability in its Freedom Drive II form, and is Trail Rated when ordered that way. The styling is borrowed from the highly successful, luxurious Jeep Grand Cherokee.

2011 Compass interior

Inside, upgrades included soft touch front door trim panels, a new center armrest, new steering wheel with integrated audio and phone controls, standard cruise, and new backlighting of switches and controls. Standard features included air conditioning, power windows and locks, power heated exterior mirrors, keyless entry, and fog lamps.

The new hood, front fenders, fascia, headlamps, and grille can distract from the new quad reflector headlamps and high output projector fog lamps. New brightwork throughout the body added an upscale touch; while protective cladding has been added to prevent damage in bad weather or when driving off-road. In back, a new body-color rear spoiler and LED headlamps, along with other touches, also improved the appearance. The standard wheels are 17 inches, with 18 inch aluminum and chrome clad wheels available.

2011 Compass
2014 Compass
2014 Compass
Trail Rated
Approach Angle 21.1° 20.3 20.6 29.6 30.5
Breakover Angle 21° 21.0 20.6 23.6 25.7
Departure Angle 32° 32.2 28.5 31.2 34.3
Ground clearance 8” 8.4 8.1 9.1 8.7

The Compass has standard side curtain airbags for both rows, stability control with roll mitigation, hill start assist (with manual transmission), and optional seat-mounted side airbags. Changes include a new hood, front fenders, fascias, headlamps, grille, quad reflector headlamps, high-output projector fog lamps, brightwork, protective cladding, body-color rear spoiler, LED tail lamps, roof rails, and standard 17 inch aluminum wheels (18 inch available on Limited).

2011 Jeep Compass spy shot

Engines continued with the base 2-liter four-cylinder, generating 158 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque to provide 23 city / 29 highway mpg with the standard Chrysler-engineered T355 five-speed manual transaxle (it is also available with a CVT). The higher end engine is the 2.4 liter with 172 horsepower and 165 lb-ft. It, too, comes with a choice of five-speed manual (front wheel drive only) or CVT, with gas mileage rated at 23/29 (FWD). Towing capacity was rated at 2,000 pounds.

The suspension included higher spring and damping rates, added rebound springs, and heavier duty rear sway bar.


One option package was the All-Weather Capability Group, with all-terrain tires, all-season floor mats, DRLs, engine block heater, and tow hooks. Also new was Jeep Freedom Drive II; Freedom Drive I, an active full time 4x4 system with lockable center coupling, continues. Freedom Drive II included a continuously variable transaxle (CVT automatic) with a low range; the ride height was raised one inch and a full size spare, skid plates, tow hooks, and manual seat adjuster were bundled for moderate off-road situations including steep grades, occasional wheel lift, and rock or log climbing. Chrysler achieved Trail Rated status with this configuration.

Towing capacity goes up to 2,000 lb. The new model range was Compass, Latitude, and Limited; all three were available with front wheel drive, Freedom Drive I, or Freedom Drive II. Colors were blackberry pearl, silver metallic, white, black, deep cherry, charcoal gray, and mineral gray. The cars were expected at dealers in late December, with pricing expected to begin at $19,995.

2009-2010 Jeep Compass changes

2010 Jeep Compass gained active head restraints (standard), remote start (optional), and automatic climate control (the latter only on Limited). A natural green pearl color was added. A 2.0 engine option with the five-speed stick-shift raised gas mileage slightly. With the CVT 4x2, gas mileage with the small engine rises to 23/27, vs 21/25 for the CVT2 4x2. Canadians got a North Plus group feature set, which enhanced the Compass North Edition 4x4 with heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and speed control.

2009 Compass and Patriot got a far better interior with more padding, better materials, and more graceful lines and curves. A partial-zero-emission-vehicle version of the 2.4 liter engine was available with front wheel drive. The suspensions were also retuned for a better on-road feel. Patriots were available at some dealers.

patriot dash

The Compass and Patriot still had an identical interior; a new instrument panel, door trim panel, and center console were accompanied by a soft-touch door armrest and center console with split lid for more storage. Chrome accents were added to the vents and shift bezel on Sport, and to those areas as well as the door and cluster rings on Limited. Floor mats replaced the vinyl load floor, and LED-illuminated cupholders were added.

An optional 30-gigabyte-hard-drive music system with the ability to show custom images (and to play movies on the screen while in Park) was added, along with a nav/traffic system, the latter standard on the Limited. Numerous changes were made to options packages, including a rather comprehensive and credible Freedom Drive II group. The liftgate appliqué was switched to mold-in-color (all Patriot, and Compass Sport; Compass Limited got a body-color appliqué).

compass interior

Engine compartment and floor sound insulation and a larger resonator on front drive vehicles (and the addition of a resonator on 4WD models) slashed unwanted noise. For Compass, revised suspension tuning on Sport models gave a more comfortable, smoother ride. Other changes included making a PZEV option on FWD CVT models, and making the Sport's suspension more comfortable and smooth.

2011 compass

Compass buyers were equally likely to be men or women (51% women); Patriot buyers were a little more likely to be male (57%), while Jeeps in general tended to skew more male (61%). The median age of the Compass was slightly older than the 42, a little older than the Compass at 39. (All figures from Power Information Network, printed in Automotive News.)

The Jeep Patriot was essentially the same vehicle with a different appearance and suspension design; the Patriot was a more traditional Jeep set up along the lines of the Liberty.

2011 Jeep Compass dashboard

Jeep Compass Rallye design cues

Jeep Compass Rallye concept carThe Jeep Compass Rallye debuted at the same time as the Jeep Rescue; this concept car shared similar dimensions, but was styled more like the Liberty, and was intended to have a rally-car image, that was, fast dirt off-roading rather than slow rock-climbing and water-traversing.

The Compass styling was intended to look athletic and sleek, so that while it shared the same basic platform as the Patriot, it did look like a completely different chassis. Like the Patriot, it had electronic four wheel drive and off-road components.

Jeep Compass concept car | Jeep Compass car review | T355 five-speed manual | 2014 Compass review/test drive | Compass off-road

Design dimensions / specifications

 All Compass2007-102011+ Compass
Wheelbase 103.7 (2635)  
Track, F/R59.8 (1520)  
Length173.4 (4405)  
Width69.3 (1761)  
Height 64.265.2
Overhang F/R 34.5/35.134.5/35.2
Weight, 2WD (base)3089 (1404)3082 (1398)
Weight, 4WD(base)3,245 (1,472)3,247 (1,382)
CdA aero  10.5 FWD, 10.6 4WD
Weight dist.  59/41 FWD, 57/43 4WD
Headroom F/R(w/out sunroof)40.9 / 39.940.7 / 39.9
Legroom F/R 40.6 / 39.340.6 / 39.4
Shoulder room, F/R 54.054.6
SAE rear seat volume49.1 (1.391)  
SAE front seat volume55.2   
SAE interior volume 101.6 (2.877)101.3 (2.87)
Cargo vol., seats up 21. 9 (0.621)22.7 (0.643)
Cargo, seats down  52.5 (1.487)53.6 (1.519)
Interior volume index  123.5 (3.498)124 (3.512)
Distance between wheelhouse interior trim  38.0

The rumors

This was pretty close!

2011 Jeep Compass


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