With styling inspired by the rugged, go-anywhere Jeep® Grand Cherokee and the off-road prowess that comes with the coveted Trail Rated® designation, the 2012 Compass is more Jeep than ever before. The Compass seamlessly blends road-going comfort and fuel economy with rugged off-road capability thanks to an efficient drivetrain that makes no sacrifices.
For 2012, the Compass now enjoys a more refined drive thanks to adjustments to the vehicle’s available, second-generation Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT2) including improved pedal response, better launch acceleration and lower engine rpm when accelerating at mid-throttle. The changes help make one of the best compact SUVs on the market even better.
The drivetrain at the heart of the 2012 Jeep® Compass (MSRP $19,295) is as flexible as it is capable. Sport and Latitude models come equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that boasts up to 158 hp while delivering an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway when paired with a robust five-speed manual transmission. The advanced CVT2 is also available. In comparison, the Toyota RAV4 can only deliver 28 mpg highway. Buyers looking for additional power will enjoy the optional 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 172 hp. The engine is available on every Compass model and is standard equipment on the Compass Limited.
Like every Jeep vehicle, the 2012 Compass shines the brightest off-road. Two available full-time, active all-wheel drive systems separate the Compass from the rest of the compact SUV segment. Jeep Freedom Drive I™ offers added traction in rain and light snow conditions. In addition, its lockable center coupling and wheel-lock mode make for a sure-footed driving experience in deeper snow, mud, sand or any other low-traction situation.
The 2012 Jeep Compass is the only compact SUV on the market to wear the coveted Trail Rated badge when equipped with the Jeep Freedom Drive II™
Off-Road Package. The package combines the low-range capable CVT2L transmission with rugged 17-inch aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires, skid plates, a full-size spare tire and ride height that can be increased with the push of a button. The result is the perfect vehicle for enthusiasts who may wish to tackle steep inclines or climb over rocks or logs. In addition, the Compass can tow 2,000 pounds when properly equipped. The Honda CR-V, meanwhile, can only tow up to 1,500 pounds.
In addition to its unsurpassed off-road capability and impressive tow rating, the 2012 Jeep Compass also offers an impressive array of technology. The Compass Sport boasts standard Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill-Start Assist, a removable rechargeable flashlight and cruise control. The Compass Latitude, meanwhile, builds on the Compass Sport foundation with the addition of remote start, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a handy, fold-flat front passenger’s seat that can accommodate longer cargo. Finally, the Compass Limited offers leather upholstery and a six-disc AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/HDD radio audio system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio, as well as automatic temperature control.
Buyers may also choose Uconnect™, which provides Bluetooth® hands-free calling and iPod connectivity. A premium nine-speaker stereo is also available with liftgate speakers, and the Compass may also be equipped with navigation featuring SIRIUS Travel Link. Three new colors – True Blue Pearl Coat, Rescue Green Pearl Coat and Copperhead Pearl Coat – are available for 2012, joining those available on the 2011 model. More than 30 standard safety features include electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-Start Assist and side-curtain airbags for all rows.
With its unique blend of fuel economy and Trail Rated capability, advanced technology features and rugged exterior styling, the 2012 Compass is a compact, affordable SUV unlike any other on the market. Visit us today for more information.