The upper end of the Compass price range is fairly close to the entry level of three established crossovers: , and. In the ever-expanding compact crossover category, the Compass faces a significant amount of competition, some of it from within its own family. Jeep's variation on the theme starts with a familiar face. Other stand alone options include Freedom Drive 1 four-wheel-drive system, 2. The body tells you that this is a car-based, street-oriented vehicle not a truck-based off-roader. Limited models add more power and luxury features including leather-trimmed heated front seats and the uconnect tunes audio system which includes a 30 gigabyte hard drive.
A high, beveled beltline and trapezoidal wheel openings add an updated take on traditional Jeep design. Drivers must deal with rear quarter blind spots created by the wide rear pillars. The 172-horsepower engine works well in the Compass platform and returns above-average gas mileage. On dry pavement, it channels up to 100 percent of available engine power through the front wheels, but it is continuously variable in response to driving conditions and, when needed, can direct as much as 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels. With the manual transmission, steep grades may require downshifting to maintain speed. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels in place of 17-inchers are also standard on Limited.
Sharing much of its mechanicals with the Jeep Patriot, the four-cylinder Compass is designed for buyers who seek on-road comfort and convenience with a dash of Jeep off-road heritage Jeep purists will likely find more to like in the Patriot, with its more traditional Jeep styling and off-road abilities. . The engine is a little loud at full throttle and, as with any small displacement engine, passing takes planning. The seven-slot grille, clamshell hood and round headlamps immediately mark the Compass as part of the Jeep clan. The 2009 Jeep Compass is close kin to the Dodge Caliber, and the two vehicles share the same basic shape, with a laid-back windshield and a curving roofline.
The 2009 Jeep Compass is offered with a 2. Cousin to Dodge's Caliber, the Compass shares many of the interesting interior options available in the Caliber. The available Boston Acoustics premium sound system nine speakers, 458 watts includes a pair of speakers mounted on the lift gate that do dual duty; open the hatch and you can swing down the speakers to provide the soundtrack to your next tailgate party. When you get right down to it, the Compass looks exactly like what it is — a cross between a station wagon and a sport utility vehicle, made by Jeep. Six-footers fit easily up front, though they'll find legroom snug in back, especially if like-size folks are in front of them.
The wedge-shaped rear pillar, asymmetrical tail lamps and beefy bumper tie the package together in back. Cargo capacity ranges from 22. The seats are cloth in the Sport and leather-trimmed in the Limited version. Jeep's Freedom Drive I is a full-time, fully-automatic all-wheel drive system, requiring no input from the driver. All controls and switchgear are straightforward in design and easy to reach. Vehicle Details The contemporary interior of the 2009 Jeep Compass seats four to five adults.
And there are just enough styling features front end, trapezoidal wheel flares to identify it as a Jeep. One reason for the popularity of crossovers is that many people are discovering they can have the added traction of all-wheel drive wrapped in the comfort and roadability of a car, not a truck. Timing may not be everything, but it certainly counts for something. Seen in this light, the compact Compass' fuel economy numbers look very respectable. The 2009 Jeep Compass is offered in Sport and Limited models; in both trim levels, front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optionally available. The 2009 Jeep Compass design hits a nice note, closer to the former than the latter. Consumers have shown a definite penchant for smaller, more fuel-efficient crossover utility vehicles, which bodes well for the 2009 Jeep Compass.
Split rear seatbacks and a fold-flat front seat increase hauling options. Jeep describes its designs as falling into two categories: Jeep Classic and Jeep Modern. Count the Compass as in the latter category, compact division. Though it's offered in both front and all-wheel-drive models, Jeep expects many buyers to opt for all-wheel drive, especially in snow-belt states. To see what consumers are currently paying for Jeep Compass models in your area, we suggest you click on the Fair Purchase Prices link. .
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