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* Comfortable front seats; optional flip-down tailgate speakers; above-average off-road capability with Freedom Drive II; attractively priced. Source: Edmunds
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The 2016 Compass is offered in five different levels--Sport, Altitude, Latitude and High Altitude. All are available as front-wheel-drive and a full-time active 4-wheel-drive system. The Compass spans a wide range of ability from compact car up to a surprisingly able off-road capable SUV.
Sport and Latitude models of the Compass include a 158-horsepower, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, while the 2.4L four makes 172 hp and 165 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual transmission. A Continuously Variable Transaxle (CVT) is available with the 2.0L engine while a new 6-speed automatic with manual mode is optional with the 2.4L engine.
The most noteworthy option in the Compass--and what sets it apart from other small crossovers--is the availability of the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package. It includes a special version of the CVT with a true low range that engages in off-road mode, plus many of the features you'd find in traditional SUVs, like skid plates and tow hooks, as well as fog lamps, a raised suspension, all-terrain tires and a full-size spare.
The Compass otherwise has a layout that bears some commonality with small cars and its compact size combined with relatively responsive handling, great maneuverability and ease of parking altogether make this a good city vehicle. Rear seatbacks are split 60/40, and they flip forward to a flat floor. Manual-transmission models include Hill-Start Assist, while active front head restraints, anti-lock brakes, side-curtain airbags and seat-mounted side airbags are included in all models.
Base Sport versions of the Compass come about as well-equipped as small-car models in this price range with cruise control, alloy wheels, illuminated cupholders, Bluetooth and fog lights among the standout features included here. Altitude models add heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels and some body-colored trim. Latitude trims offer heated mirrors, remote keyless entry and a leather wrapped steering wheel. High Altitude Compass models come with leather seats, remote start, a power sunroof and a power-adjustable driver seat.
Options include a Premium Sound Group that adds audiophile Boston Acoustics speakers that includes a subwoofer and liftgate-mounted speakers. Automatic climate control, a back-up camera system and SiriusXM with Travel Link service is optional in the upgraded audio option.
Incredible Chassis Dynamics
Terrific Interior Room And Comfort Levels
The Limited trim has been dropped for 2016, and Bluetooth is now standard radio items across the board.
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 equipped 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 highway 30 mpg. The Compass can also optioned to tow up to 2,000 pounds--enough for a couple of jet-skis.
Engine: 2.0L I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT
Transmission: Continuously Variable Transaxle II -inc: AutoStick Automatic Transmission, Tip Start
3.65 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 4,435 lbs
Transmission w/Autostick Sequential Shift Control
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
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 and Brake Assist
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
Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
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