2013 Jeep Compass review | Digital Trends Reviews

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Jeep Compass


The 2013 Jeep slots below the Wrangler and as a gateway to the automakers more nameplates.

Jeep has positioned the as a jack-of-all trade’s type of aimed at getting decent gas exhibiting car-like performance, and a character off-road.

Buyers though, as with any car labeled expect to encounter lots of because cost savings come at a price. In the case of the Jeep Compass, compromises with performance, off-road and a sparse sprinkling of technology.

But is it to steer you away from the

Limited tech on board

The Jeep Compass isn’t a showcase by any stretch but it had just to keep me satisfied. The Latitude I jumped in came with Uconnect multimedia system, a 6.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen looked sharp and responded to my prodding.

Oddly, my car didn’t with a navigation system the large display, although can option one in a Compass Limited.

On top of standard AM/FM radio, player, and SiriusXM Satellite the system supports hands-free and audio streaming via Bluetooth.

my phone was simple, albeit a more involved than it be. My pride kept me from for the car’s manual but after trial and error, I figured out the command to initiate the pairing

Placing calls was straightforward, a simple press of the steering “talk” button. Uconnect also download your photos adding a more touch.

The steering wheel mounted didn’t take much getting used to either and Chrysler’s signature nipple

Streaming music wasn’t of a fuss either but for some Uconnect didn’t want to nicely with my Windows 8 There were times I could stream music Pandora and Spotify without any and others times where it constantly hiccup. However, I switched to an iPhone, everything fine.

Uconnect has a feature it will read aloud messages you receive but that compatible with my Lumia 920 celly. I’ve yet to run into issue with other I’ve been in but I’m sure isn’t Jeep specific. switching to my iPhone cleared right up.

Of course, if you’d not fiddle with your to get your musical merriment, the system’s has a built-in 40GB of which 28GB are available for storage. With the car’s USB port, I was able to transfer my files from a thumbdrive and my favorite KISS songs all and ev-er-y-day.

The compass comes a base four-speaker sound which was surprisingly decent, audiophiles should opt for the upgraded Acoustics system, which with an eight-channel, 368-watt and two-channel 90-watt subwoofer.

Big box

Remember when you were kid down the cereal aisle at the store, eying that box of Lucky Charms, only to be a dusty bag of Malt-O-Meal branded Mateys instead? No? Well, parents obviously loved you you got All-Bran).

While I’m no doubt the first and the last person to compare the of a car to a cereal, it’s really the way I could think of to describe the Jeep Compass’ flavorless like a lukewarm bowl of Mateys, it gets the job done but it excite you.

Everything the steering wheel and dash is unassuming but practical. The large used for HVAC controls well, large and easy to The steering wheel mounted didn’t take much getting used to either and Chrysler’s signature nipple (little nubs for controlling and track selection) just the steering wheel.

But like its exterior, there are virtually no to be found, only cloth sharp lines, and hum-drum The interior is a budget box on wheels and more.

For drivers that want to fuss with all the materials other modern come with, I can see the Compass a hit but there isn’t much to in love with here. In the features that excited me the were the small cutout the glovebox, which proved a spot for my phone and wallet, and the cup holders. Yup, illuminated cup

That said, ride was good and the seats were The cabin never felt and the Compass fits four adults even if second row is a little sparse.

The 2013 has a max cargo capacity of 62.7 feet, definitely enough for hauls and weekend getaways.

you#8217;re a handsome fella

Despite the high ground I take it comes to cosmetic surgery, if was ever a car in need of Beverly finest it was the old Compass. Jeep addressed this glaring in 2011 and the nameplate – along my eyes – thank them for it.

Up front, the Compass finally like a “real” Jeep and not low-fi, far-east knock-off. The new jaw brings it line with the Cherokee, itself a crowd while the rest of the body the same boxy frame is known for.

No matter angle you view the Compass; know it’s a Jeep and that’s a good thing.

Under the hood, the 2013 Compass isn’t the rough and grizzled explorer we’ve to know and love. The entry-level of the compact SUV ensures it comes a number of power and drivetrain that limit its utility but fuel economy. Oh joy!

The is available in three different Sport ($19,495), Latitude and Limited ($24,495). Front-wheel is standard across the board drive options exist, with the Sport and Latitude featuring a 2.0-liter four-cylinder generating 158 horsepower, 141 pound-feet of Not exactly a king’s ransom of power for drivers looking to their Compass offroad but to brave treacherous trips to every weekend.

Thankfully, my review car included the upgraded four-cylinder, which increases hp to 172 and of torque to 165. With the the Compass is a lot more eager off the than I expected but it’s nothing worth writing home about.

Hitting the accelerator was only a moderate lesson in patience and virtually all CVTs leaves a lot to be when called on for that bit of vroom. The Compass’ CVT is slightly than most I’ve but I felt I was more likely to the fabled lost city of before I got a quick boost of off the line or out of corners.

Engine is also a problem. I’ve learned to tune it out but it’s there. Thankfully it sounds like a … badger the walrus-moans of other CVTs so I suppose I’ll count in my “win” column.

Decent economy is a trait Jeep badly for the Compass but couldn’t navigate toward despite its efforts.

Front-wheel drive return an EPA-rated 23/30/25 paired to the manual and 2.0-liter, the FWD CVT version boasts 22/28/24.

get even worse when up to the 2.4-liter, especially when with the Freedom II Off-Road (more on that in a sec). with the 2.4-liter’s 16-valve VVT (variable valve timing) fuel economy is abysmal, 20 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway, which is than some larger

Ironically, VVT’s generally fuel economy by freeing the placed on the engine#8217;s valves, them to lift at variable during the engine’s operation. engines use valves at fixed so regardless of the driving demands, the stays the same. This has a effect on performance and fuel because regardless of how much air is taken in, the fixed valves allow for any variation.

The more modern VVT system adjusts the valves#8217; movement for performance and efficiency, however the is more complex.

Jeep Compass

Operation Drive

The 2013 Jeep is based off the now defunct Dodge which means driving are much more car-like. the steering and suspension are tuned and kept me connected to the road. the Compass isn’t particularly as a highway cruiser it gets the job

Cornering isn’t spectacular but it to keep its composure.

Front-wheel is standard across the Compass but there are two four-wheel drive

The patriotically named Freedom I is more front-wheel focused and of an on-demand system. It automatically for wheel slippage during or gravel-strewn roads and sends accordingly to the rear wheels. the Compass’ 4WD Lock, however, that maximum torque is to the rear axle for improved without having to wait for the computer to detect wheel

Freedom Drive II is a little involved in that it features an controlled coupling attached to the differential. The electronics system and processes signals sent both the wheel sensors and pedal, which tells it how torque to transfer to the rear

The Compass isn’t really for serious off-roading adventuring but wanting to do so should op for FD II, which says is more suitable for off-road situations.” However, for hauling and treks up to the mountain FD I suffice.

Finish Line

The 2013 Compass is a peculiar beast. It to deliver car-like ride (it is based off the defunct Dodge after all) and while it is successful in that respect simply too uninspiring to recommend to but the most ardent Jeep

The Compass’ barren interior and CVT also make it less ideal as a daily driver fuel economy reaching up to 30 mpg in models.

The limited nature of its capabilities doesn’t help either; meaning what left with is an entry-level that isn’t particularly fun to drive, or equipped to tackle but the most unitimidating off-road

No, what you’re really here is the Jeep name; a that compromises too much in its to be a little bit of everything. With so excellent alternatives like the RAV4 and the Hyundai Santa Fe you’re better off letting compass guide you elsewhere.

Affordable base models 

drive gets decent for a car of its size

Great exterior is more in step with the brand


Coarse CVT all the fun out of driving

Four-wheel drive economy is pretty dismal

Not a off-road warrior

Bland is about as exciting as watching dry

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