2015 Jeep Compass

 
 
2015 Jeep Compass
 

2015 Jeep Compass

MSRP 
$19,990
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$19,781
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 30 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 158 HP
  • Transmission: Manual (standard)
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

Along with the closely related Jeep Patriot, the Jeep Compass is one of the lowest-priced off-road-capable utility vehicles on the market when you get it with the optional Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package, yet it packs that in a vehicle that rides and handles for the most part like a car. Ease of parking and maneuverability are strengths for this model, and it's also reasonably fuel-efficient at an EPA-estimated 30 mpg. The Compass can optioned to tow up to 2,000 pounds--enough for a couple of jet-skis.

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What's New For 2015

All-wheel drive is now available on the Altitude and High Altitude trims. Otherwise, the Compass is basically the same as its 2014 predecessor.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 3 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 3 stars
  • Side Driver:
  • Side Passenger:
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2015 Jeep Compass

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Audio Jack Input for Mobile Devices
    • Fixed Antenna
    • 4 Speakers
    • Radio w/Clock
    • Radio: Uconnect 130 AM/FM/CD/MP3
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 16" x 6.5" Aluminum
    • Tires: P205/70R16 BSW AS
    • Wheels w/Painted Accents
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Metal-Look Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Bodyside Cladding
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Black Door Handles
    • Black Manual Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Body-Colored Grille w/Chrome Accents
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Manual Tailgate/Rear Door Lock
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • 4-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
    • Sliding Front Center Armrest w/Storage
    • Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
    • Manual 1st Row Windows
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front Map Lights
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Interior Trim -inc: Chrome Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Glove Box
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cupholder
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Manual Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer and Trip Odometer
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT
    • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual T355
    • 4.12 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 4,435 lbs
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 60-Amp/Hr 525CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 120 Amp Alternator
    • 925# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Touring Suspension
    • Hydraulic Power-Assist Steering
    • 13.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.5
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 9
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 9
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - 45.3
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 38
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 26.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 53.6
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 22.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 22.7
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 525
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 120
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - ECN
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/122
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 158 @ 6400
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 141 @ 5000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 103.7
    • Length, Overall (in) - 175.1
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 71.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 65
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 59.8
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 59.8
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.1
    • Liftover Height (in) - 30.5
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 13.6
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 101.3
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.7
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.6
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.6
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 52.3
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.9
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 51
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 26
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 30
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 35.6
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Jeep Compass
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - TLB
    • Rear Tire Order Code - TLB
    • Front Tire Size - P205/70TR16
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/70TR16
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 100
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 1000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - DD7
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.77
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.16
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.41
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.03
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.72
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.42
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.12
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.9 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3097
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2015 Jeep Compass Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat Black Clearcoat Bright White Clearcoat Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearlcoat Eco Green Pearlcoat Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat True Blue Pearlcoat
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Black Clearcoat
  • Bright White Clearcoat
  • Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearlcoat
  • Eco Green Pearlcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat
  • True Blue Pearlcoat

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Introduction

Compass is built like a car and drives like one. Yet, it possesses much of the versatility and capability associated with a small SUV.

Though not as rugged as a Wrangler or even a Patriot, Jeep Compass stacks up well against Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and other entry-level SUVs.

Jeep Compass gets new options for the 2015 model year. A new High Altitude Package is available for 2015 Compass 4×4 models with the 6-speed automatic transmission; the High Altitude Package includes leather seating, a power sunroof, power six-way driver’s seat, and 17-inch aluminum painted wheels. Navigation is now an option for the 2015 Compass Latitude model. All 2015 Jeep Compass models come with a new dome light that replaces the previous rechargeable flashlight. Compass was substantially upgraded for 2014 after being freshened for 2011 and 2009 and launched as a 2007 model.

Two engines and four transmissions are available, along with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Buyers may choose from two levels of the active 4×4 system. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard on Compass Limited, optional for Compass Sport and Compass Latitude. Two versions of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are available for specific applications.

Front-wheel drive is standard, but buyers can choose Jeep’s Freedom Drive I or Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package for improved traction. Freedom Drive I is full-time all-wheel drive, delivering almost all of the torque to the front wheels until more traction is needed at the rear (with up to 60 percent available there). A lock mode may be engaged for snow, sand and mud. Freedom Drive I is a good system for wintry conditions.

Freedom Drive II is Jeep Trail Rated, meaning it’s highly capable on rugged terrain. Freedom Drive II uses a continuously variable transaxle (CVT2L) with a low range that engages when Off-Road mode is activated. Included are 17-inch all-terrain tires and aluminum wheels, raised ride height, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps, and manual seat height adjuster. On the down side, Freedom Drive II is likely to give up two or three miles per gallon in fuel economy.

A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard, making 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter engine is available with a 5-speed manual, a 5-speed automatic, or a continuously variable transmission. With the 5-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, the 2.0-liter engine delivers an EPA-estimated 23/30 mpg City/Highway.

A larger 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is available that produces 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. Best fuel economy is with the 5-speed manual with an EPA-rated 23/28 mpg City/Highway. Also available with the 2.4-liter engine are a 6-speed automatic and the CVT2L.

Lineup

The 2015 Jeep Compass comes in three versions: Sport, Latitude, Limited, each with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The standard engine is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with a 5-speed manual transmission. The 2.4-liter engine is optional for Sport or Latitude models, standard on Limited, with a conventional 6-speed automatic transmission.

Compass Sport 2WD ($18,995) and Sport AWD ($20,995) come with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, 60/40 fold-flat rear seats, foglamps, heated power mirrors, rear window wiper/washer, cruise control, power door locks and windows, 130-watt 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary audio jack, roof rails, and P215/70R16 tires (P225/60R17 with the 2.4-liter engine). Compass Altitude 2WD ($20,990) and Altitude AWD ($22,990) feature gloss black accents, mesh cloth/vinyl bucket seats, heated front seats, and 18-inch black aluminum wheels.

Compass Latitude 2WD ($22,895) and Latitude AWD ($24,895) upgrade with mesh cloth seats, heated front seats, fold-flat front-passenger seat, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, 115-volt outlet, and leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated controls. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard with the 2.0-liter engine. Compass High Altitude 2WD ($23,990) and High Altitude AWD ($25,990) add to Latitude model an option group that includes leather-trimmed bucket seats, power 6-way driver’s seat, power express open/close sunroof, and 225/60R17 all-season tires on painted aluminum wheels. Leather upholstery ($1,300) is available.

Compass Limited 2WD ($26,195) and Limited AWD ($28,195) use the 2.4-liter engine and the 6-speed automatic transmission and upgrade with perforated leather-trimmed bucket seats, 6-way power driver’s seat, 230-watt 6CD sound system, 18-inch aluminum wheels with all-season tires, and tire pressure display monitor.

The optional Jeep Trail Rated Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group ($750) includes Hill Start Assist, all-terrain tires, Brake Lock Differential, Hill Descent Control, full-size spare tire, oil pan and transmission skid plate, fuel tank skid plate shield, tow hooks, engine oil cooler, trailer wiring harness, driver’s seat height adjuster, and an off-road crawl ratio in the continuously variable transmission.

An All-weather Capability Group for Sport and Latitude AWD includes Goodyear 17-inch all-terrain tires, rugged floor mats, daytime running headlights, engine block heater, and tow hooks. A Security and Cargo Convenience Group ($695) includes remote start, a remote USB port, auto-dimming mirror with microphone, security alarm, soft tonneau cover, Uconnect voice command, and a universal garage door opener.

Other options include Uconnect with voice command; a trailer tow package with engine oil cooler, full-size spare tire and wiring harness; Garmin navigation ($495) for Latitude and Limited models. A rearview camera ($895) is available that includes a media center with 40GB hard drive and CD/DVD/HD radio.

Safety features that come standard on all models include dual front air bags, head-protecting curtain side air bags, seat-mounted front airbags, antilock brakes with brake assist (which applies more brake force than the driver is applying if sensors determine that it’s needed in a panic stop), traction control, and electronic stability control with rollover mitigation.

Walkaround

Imagine the Jeep Grand Cherokee, then downsize it a bit in your mind, and you’ll have the Compass. We think it looks even nicer than the Grand Cherokee because it’s a tidier size.

The Compass hood flaunts a power bulge, above quad reflector headlamps and a chrome-trimmed seven-slot grille. Cladding protects the sheetmetal during off-roading, which the Compass is capable of undertaking. Roof rails and a spoiler are standard, along with 17-inch aluminum wheels on most models (18-inch on the Limited).

All of the pieces fit aesthetically, to create a Jeep that’s smooth, rugged and unmistakable.

Up front, the Compass Sport has a body-color grille with chrome inserts. Other models get a bright mesh grille insert. Lower bodyside cladding is standard on all Compass models, which also feature bright side roof rails.

Grilles on Latitude and Limited models feature plated upper grille trim and mold-in silver-color texture. Halogen headlamps on Sport and Latitude models have black inner bezels. Limited models have projector halogen headlamps, along with chrome foglamp bezels. Taillamps have a smoked-look inner bezel.

Interior

We love the simplicity, efficiency, and clean style of the Compass interior and its lack of gimmickry.

The four main instruments, speedometer and tachometer and smaller temperature and fuel gauges, are perfectly placed but are relatively small. Numerals are among the smallest on any vehicle, for no apparent reason, though orange pointers do help. There’s digital information below the speedometer, including mpg, range, and tire pressure. A button on the steering wheel makes it easy to scroll through the data. Controls are well-placed and easy to use.

Well thought out door handles, grab handles, door pockets, armrests, door speakers, center console with cubbies, ceiling scoops for headroom, and a nice tray inserted in the dash over the glove compartment make life better. The shift lever is up on the console out of the way, under the pop-up DVD loader. Just about the only item missing is a dial to tune the satellite radio stations; buttons get there, but only after driver distraction.

Front-seat occupants get plenty of room. Fabric seats are pleasing. The perforated leather upholstery in the Limited is beautiful and expensive feeling, and the bucket seats are comfortable.

Back-seat riders endure somewhat hard seatbacks, but should be satisfied otherwise with decent headroom and legroom. The center rear position would be satisfactory, except for a cupholder console on the floor that restricts foot space.

Cargo space beneath the cargo cover is modest, less than 23 cubic feet. The rear seats are split 60/40 and fold flat easily, to provide 54 cubic feet of cargo space. Reclining rear seats are available, along with a front passenger seat that folds flat, creating either a table or an eight-foot-long space for storage. A space-saver spare tire is neatly stored under the floor.

The one-piece rear liftgate is light, easy to raise and lower. It has panels for structural integrity, and the rear bumper has a non-skid rubber surface for grip when someone needs to step on it to get to the roof.

Overall there’s less cargo space than one might expect, although 54 cubic feet with the rear seats folded isn’t bad. Maybe that expectation is because overall, the Compass feels bigger than it is.

Visibility for the driver is restricted.

Driving Impressions

When it first entered the market as a 2007 model, the Compass was considered to be a modern Jeep, intended to attract customers who hadn’t been lured by the traditional-type Jeep products. Likely buyers weren’t off-road aficionados, and were presumed to prefer a comfortable ride over intensive off-pavement capabilities. Yes, they liked to know that their Jeep could handle the occasional rural byway, or a lumpy, rock-strewn gravel road. But on the whole, the Compass was designed to appeal to a more urban customer.

Now, the Compass comes across as a trifle old-fashioned, weighed against some contemporary rivals. Some folks like it that way. Still, a Compass is harder to recommend to prospective buyers who would otherwise be looking at typical crossover-type, carlike SUVs. A Compass might be a little too basic, reminiscent of the past rather than wholly indicative of today and tomorrow.

That said, the Compass has a lot going for it, starting with relatively spirited performance from a relatively small engine. Fuel economy isn’t bad, either. Our Limited 4×4, with the 2.4-liter engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, averaged almost 25 mpg in mostly urban/suburban driving.

Jeep’s 6-speed automatic transmission is well-behaved. The 5-speed manual gearbox works well, too, and gets the most out of the four-cylinder engine.

A 2.4-liter Limited can pass semi-trucks on two-lane highways and uphill 70-mph freeways, and it cruises along just fine. Passing need not be a worry (although careful timing and full throttle are necessary), and the Compass can maintain 70 mph without feeling overworked.

The Jeep Compass is relatively quiet, perhaps more quiet at higher speeds than around town, thanks to the sound-absorption material in the rear wheelwells, quarter panels and C-pillars. At slower speeds, the proven 2.4-liter engine has never been known to be silky, compared to some rivals. The Jeep 2.4 is known more for its reliability and reasonably good mileage than its smoothness.

The 2.0-liter engine might be lacking in power for many buyers, with just 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. Especially if it’s mated with the CVT, although the Auto Stick with six steps helps a lot to work the power more effectively. But with the 5-speed manual transmission in a 2WD Compass, the 2.0-liter’s fuel-mileage estimate of 23/30 mpg looks inviting.

Handling qualities fall around mid-pack when compared against some modern rivals. Ride comfort earns a similar ranking. It’s not harsh by any means, but hardly cushiony, either, in the contemporary sense. Overall, we like the ride and handling of the Compass. It’s nimble and corners well, thanks to somewhat stiff shocks and springs and a hefty anti-roll bar. Even though the ride isn’t soft, it’s comfortable.

Along winding wooded roads, a Compass revealed itself to be steady and silent, with the suspension isolating the cabin from bumps and tosses. We aimed for potholes and weren’t jarred when we hit them. There was none of the old Jeep head-toss, or side-to-side jouncing, and no trace of wallow over ripples. The turn-in for corners was secure, with no play in the wheel or wandering.

In deeply rutted and muddy terrain, we found the Compass superior to most other compact SUVs, thanks to abundant ground clearance and plenty of traction.

With the Freedom Drive I all-wheel drive system, virtually all of the power goes to the front wheels. As traction is needed elsewhere, up to 60 percent can shift to the rear wheels. The coupling is through a two-stage clutch system that’s magnetic and electronically controlled, rather than viscous. The system also has a locking center differential.

With the Freedom Drive II system, it’s hard to imagine getting stuck in snow or mud. The locking differential can offer the best possible traction from a standing start, and the Brake Traction Control dabs the brakes (at lightning speed) at individual wheels to keep them from spinning. The locked differential keeps the torque evenly distributed at 50/50, up to 10 miles per hour. At that point the torque begins transferring again, as calculated by the electronic control module based on vehicle speed, turning radius, and wheel slip.

On loose, wet gravel roads that climbed, descended and twisted in every direction, a Compass didn’t skate on the slick round stones even with standard touring tires. When slamming the brakes at 40 mph, the ABS with rough-road detection worked hard but successfully.

Summary

Jeep Compass has a clean and well-thought-out interior and controls, with sporty fabric or classy leather. Ride and handling are solid. Compass offers useful cargo space with rear seats that are easy to fold down. The Freedom II off-road package enables the Compass to take on just about any terrain.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Sam Moses filed this report from the Pacific Northwest, with Kirk Bell reporting from Chicago. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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