First Drive: 2011 Jeep Compass –

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Jeep Compass

January 14, 2011

Review and by Peter Bleakney


Jackson Hole, Wyoming I don’t think anyone has stated with any certainty life begins at seventy, but I got a that the folks running the Jeep brand are feeling it.

turns the big seven-oh in 2011, and are rolling along nicely thanks to the Italians. After a debilitating regimen of heartless cutting under the visionless of Cerberus, new owners Fiat are the right thing by letting the flow, spawning a rebirth of with the impressive 2011 Cherokee being the first

Arriving mid-January will be the #8211; no, make that #8211; 2011 Jeep . It starts at $18,995 for the front-wheel-drive manual Sport and stretches to the $26,895 Limited 4#215;4. expects the mid-line $24,495 North with Freedom I 4#215;4 to be the volume seller.

Power comes from a 165 lb.-ft. 2.4-litre four, in a rather strange marketing front-drive models can be had with a 158-hp 2.0-litre four is probably available purely for economy bragging rights. A manual transmission is standard and a CVT (continuously variable transmission) manual mode is available the range.

2011 Jeep . Click image to enlarge

I admit that the outgoing Compass never even on my radar. The most that it had for it was it was cheap – in every sense of the Its sister vehicle, the more Patriot, handily outsold it.

So how does Jeep turn an into a contender?

First, by it a more upscale look: the new end mimics its big brother Grand the rear gets a fresh and LED taillights, a power bulge the hood and select bright-work a dash of sophistication. Alloys are even on the base model.

has also lavished much on the interior. They’ve added front door panels a padded upper surface, quality seat fabric, a new armrest, and perhaps the biggest of Jeep’s intent, a very three-spoke multi-function leather steering wheel that a surprising degree of class. The plastic dash is a carry but it looks good.

Cruise is now standard on all models, as is backlighting of the switches, door locks, and power mirror controls. connectivity is optional.

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For the on-road of this snowy launch I the mid-line $24,495 Compass with Freedom Drive I system mated to the CVT. is a slip-and-grip system, meaning it runs in fuel-conscious front-drive but will send power aft if For more demanding conditions, a of a button between the seats it in 4#215;4 Lock mode front to rear torque varies from 80/20 to depending on conditions.

As with vehicles fitted with the engine drones when for acceleration, and this 2.4-litre Engine” (developed with and Mitsubishi) is hardly the picture of but tweaks to the CVT result in a 12 per cent in fuel economy over year’s Compass. At 6,200 ft. meters) we were also about 20 horsepower, so the engine was harder than usual.

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Jeep Compass

Those who inclined to label the Compass as a panty-waist poseur (who, get their comeuppance this Fit the Compass with the optional Freedom II 4#215;4 system available with CVT) and it Jeep’s coveted Trail badge.

So what does mean to you? Not a helluva lot your driveway is a boulder-strewn, icy riverbed with all the horizontal of a camel. On the factory all-terrain my Compass with the Freedom II Group ate up this topographical and spat it out.

Thus equipped, the Compass a 19:1 low range gear (an pulley in the CVT), a 2.5 cm increase in height, driver height seat, tow hooks, full-sized hill descent control, lock differentials front and P215/65R17 OWL All Terrain Tires, plates (which got a work a re-contoured front fascia for approach angle and the ability to 483 mm of water.

It can also spit and its ….

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safety kit for the 2011 Compass electronic stability control and mitigation, hill-start assist, head restraints and side airbags.

For those who prefer the chunky looks of the Jeep this mechanically identical gets all the interior and suspension as well as its own mild exterior The Patriot starts a grand than the Compass at $17,995 and has reached a more male-oriented

The compact CUV/SUV segment is contested. Now that the Compass has interior refinement, on-road and class leading fuel this little tyke do some damage when is factored in. The comparably equipped Tuscon GL AWD stickers at $26,299, the CR-V LX at $28,800, the Toyota at $27,230 and the Ford Escape XLT 4WD at $27,999.

And don’t ask any of these to crawl over rocks, a knee-deep stream or spit.

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