For 2012, the Jeep Compass is now available in three different trim levels. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) has also been recalibrated for better performance. Every front-wheel-drive 2012 Jeep Compass Sport and Latitude model comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the Sport. A CVT is optional on the Sport and standard on the Latitude. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque is standard on the Limited and all four-wheel-drive Compasses. It is optional on the others. The transmission choices are the same as with the 2.0-liter, with the Limited getting the CVT standard. The Compass rides and handles more like a car than an SUV and it offers plenty of safety features. It has a strong steel structure and a well-planned subframe. Side-curtain airbags and electronic stability control with anti-rollover sensors are standard.
The base Compass comes with an AM/FM/CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack. The Latitude trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls, and the top-of-the-line Limited trim comes with satellite radio and an AM/FM/six-CD/DVD stereo with an auxiliary input jack. The front and back seats have plenty of legroom, and there's also a good amount of front-seat headroom. Cloth seats are standard on the Compass, heated cloth seats come with the Latitude trim and the Limited model.
The 2012 Jeep Compass' powertrain is designed to deliver world-class performance in all weather conditions, fuel economy and refinement, all at an affordable, value-packed price. The five-speed manual works well and gets the most out of the four-cylinder engine. But if you need an automatic transmission, you can also work the Auto Stick to get more power when you need it. The CVT is like two transmissions in one. You can put it in the gear you like or just put it in Drive and go. Jeep Compass is available in three drivetrain configurations. In addition to the standard front-wheel-drive system, Jeep Compass also is available with Freedom Drive I and the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package. Jeep Freedom Drive I is an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode designed to give drivers year-round assurance with the ability to handle rough weather and low-traction conditions. This active four-wheel-drive system is recommended for daily use, including slick conditions that come with rain and light snow. Freedom Drive I also features a lockable center coupling, giving drivers the ability to put the Jeep Compass in four-wheel-drive lock mode to handle deep snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces. The Jeep Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is an available four-wheel-drive system that delivers Jeep Trail Rated® capability in Compass form. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package includes a second-generation continuously variable transaxle with low range (CVT2L) that engages when the off-road mode is activated, 17-inch all-terrain tires and aluminum wheels, a one-inch raised ride height, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and manual seat height adjuster. The available Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is recommended for moderate off-road situations that include steep grades, occasional wheel lift and rock or log climbing.
The 2012 Jeep Compass Sport model is powered by the 2.0-liter I-4 World Gas Engine which produces 158 horsepower and 141 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Standard features include: electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist, advanced multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags, all-row side curtain air bags, front driver and passenger active head restraints, 17-inch aluminum wheels, anti-lock front disc, rear drum brakes, air conditioning, power windows, power doorlocks, power-heated exterior mirrors, body-color exterior door handles and liftgate brow, illuminated keyless entry, illuminated cup holders, removable/rechargeable flashlight, floor mats, outside temperature display, rear 60/40 split folding seat, fold-flat rear seat, cruise control, projector fog lamps, deep tint glass and bright roof side rails.
In addition to the features that are standard on the Sport model, the 2012 Jeep Compass Latitude standard features include: continuously variable transmission II (CVT2), remote start, heated cloth front seats, driver seat height adjuster, fold-flat front passenger seat, 60/40 rear seat recline, 115-volt power inverter and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and speed controls.
The 2012 Compass Limited model offers the standard features of the Compass Latitude model as well as: leather-trimmed front and rear seats, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, manual driver lumbar adjust, leather-wrapped parking brake handle, six-way power driver seat, Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), AM/FM/six-disc CD/DVD/MP3/HDD radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic temperature control, bright exhaust tip and bright accent on rear fascia.
The Jeep Compass is not a traditional Jeep with go-anywhere off-road capability. It offers a comfortable ride, steady handling, decent fuel mileage, and the reassurance of all-wheel-drive capability. If you are in the market for a new vehicle , check this one out. Click here to learn more about the 2012 Jeep Compass.
Some of the information for this review was obtained through newcartestdrive.com
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