Feb 11, 2013
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $23,445: 2.4-liter I4, DOHC 16-valve dual VVT engine, CVT with off-road crawl ratio. Customer Preferred Package. Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group, Uconnect 6.5-inch touchscreen display.

Nice sheet metal contours, not too bold, but not too “jellybean.” Acres of interior plastic appeals to me as a parent of sloppy young children. Interior feels clean, uncluttered and functional, similar to a Honda Element. Low sticker price is appealing. Lots of buttons on steering wheel for controlling stereo. Decent fuel economy for an SUV.


The flipside of that uncluttered, plastic interior is that it also feels cheap, depending how you look at it. Underpowered for its weight, engine is noisy, and the CVT doesn’t help. Interior feels dark.


I like the idea of a smallish, affordable SUV, and the Compass is an okay car that hits the right price point. The problem is that the market is already crowded with capable, high-value performers like the Toyota Rav4 and Honda CR-V. But if this suits your needs, and you’ve been looking forward to buying your first Jeep, there’s no reason not go for the Compass.

Fun to Drive
1.5 rating
Fun to Look at
2.0 rating
Overall Experience
2.0 rating
EPA Mileage 21/23