The 2007-2014 Jeep Compass
2014 Jeep Compass
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.)
Jeep Compass, 2007-2014
The 2007 Jeep Compass was Jeep’s first front-wheel-drive-based product with a fully independent suspension for comfortable on-road ride and handling. Created alongside the Dodge Caliber, Compass first hit the dealerships in late 2006 as a 2007 model.
The 2007 Jeep Compass with four wheel drive was priced starting at $17,805, just under the base Subaru Impreza, with mileage quite good for a Jeep at 25 city, 29 highway. It had both manual and CVT (automatic, but continuously variable) transmissions available, though the most capable four wheel drive system required the CVT.
Jeep Compass had 39.3 inches of rear seat leg room, 52.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat and 60.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the front passenger seat back and rear seats folded flat; features not typically found in a compact SUV included:
- Standard side-curtain air bags
- Optional Boston Acoustics sound system with two speakers in the liftgate which could swing down for tailgating
- A sliding center armrest for shorter drivers, with a flip pocket for storing a cell phone or an MP3 player
- Optional 110-volt outlet in the center console and fold-flat front passenger seat (to create a table-like surface)
- Optional 60/40 rear seats both fold flat and recline 12 degrees
- Washable, removeable vinyl load floor in the rear cargo area
- YES Essentials® fabric — an easy-care, soil-repellant and anti-microbial textile protects seats from stains, odors and discoloration. 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.
|U.S. Sales||Dodge Caliber||Jeep Compass||Jeep Patriot||Total|
Compass used standard 17-inch wheels and all-season touring tires and optional 18-inch wheels and all-season performance tires.
|2008 Liberty||2008 Compass||2011 Compass|
|Approach Angle, degrees (without/with air dam)||39.1/29.0||21.1||20.1||20.3||20.6|
|Breakover Angle, degrees (with skid plate)||20.4||21||20.3||21.0||20.6|
|Departure Angle, degrees||32.1||32||31.4||32.2||28.5|
|Ground clearance, inches||?||8||8.1||8.4||8.1|
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|
|Front wheel drive, 2010||23/29||23/27||23/28||21/25|
|Front wheel drive, 2011-14||23/28||21/27||21/28|
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.
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.
The 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).
Jeep Compass Rallye design cues
The 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.
Design dimensions / specifications
|All Compass||2007-10||2011+ Compass|
|Track, F/R||59.8 (1520)|
|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 / 39.9||40.7 / 39.9|
|Legroom F/R||40.6 / 39.3||40.6 / 39.4|
|Shoulder room, F/R||54.0||54.6|
|SAE rear seat volume||49.1 (1.391)|
|SAE front seat volume||55.2|
|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|
This was pretty close!