Jeep Compass Review

Posted on 19. Sep, 2006 by in Auto News

Since Chrysler acquired AMC from Renault in '87, has the Jeep brand was the domestic producer canary in the coal mine. If done well Jeep, Chrysler has done well. If Jeep has languished, fueled Chrysler. Chrysler German masters are not blind to this correlation. Jeep's new corporate parent shorten product development cycles of decades and six years. And now looking doctor and ze Z Boyz to grow by expanding DaimlerChrysler Jeep lineup. If the compass is pointing the way to a better future for "America's sports car"?

The compass is not the Jeep brand's first non-Trail Rated product by any means (not 4X2 all do), but it has become the most notorious. In an attempt to give S-tractors with some brand loyal (if faux) off-street cred, kept the Compass' designers, the classic Jeep proportions and there were the usual marks Notes: bug eyes, Iron Man mouth, seven nostril nose and trapezoidal wheel arches. It just does not work. The Compass' triangular D-pillar kink is true of most discord in a clearly off-key, Far Eastern melody.

The Compass 'interior consists of DCX' all-too-familiar tribute to rectangles, interrupted by the occasional round dial or gauge. A gaping mouth violently interrupts the passenger side dashboard, attracts a mess of unsightly and unsecured dirt would allow no right-minded off-roader. It is a professional (though not workingmanlike) Cabin saved from complete vapidity by two-tone leather seats and an optional MP3 compatible nine-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system that pumps out big tuneage.

Equally strange signal the Compass' rear seats of the vehicle inability to three adults in comfort side by leaving the two-tone design wear off the middle pew. Can sit back a brace of the rear passengers or you can forget the whole thing, the seats fold flat and stowed the necessary mountain bikes, surfboards, Golden Retrievers and other lifestyle gear. Oh, and the Compass' rear cargo area light is a removable flashlight, their loss is your local Jeep dealership, the parts department endless profit.

The Compass' 2.4-liter engine comes courtesy of the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA). This partnership between DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai and Mitsubishi has a so-called "World Engine is". Produced Regrettably design East-meets-West, the a Hyundai-designed block of a Mercedes-Benz-derived crowned head – not a competitor of the first delivery rate.

Although thrifty (EPA estimated economy 24/27 mpg) intimidated, the built landscape, 172hp DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine is completely out of the Compass' 3153 pounds curb weight (front-wheel drive model). Peak power and torque coming at 6000 and 4400 revolutions per minute. Translation: a Compass driver must whip the snot out of the motor nothing even remotely resembling free hectic. Drop the hammer and the Compass moseys to 60mph in nine point five seconds. It takes an additional 23 seconds, increase that speed by 40 mph. Until then, you will get bored witless and more or less finished.

The Compass "Continuously Variable Transaxle (CVT) uses six preset gear ratios for toothed gears simulate. During normal driving, the driver can manually enter a" transitional "by the knob. During hard acceleration, the computer-controlled CVT jumps abruptly to a lower gear simulate a downshift. Under full load, the motor increases to 6000 revolutions. And still, while the Compass accelerated slowly. Well, how much you would pay? The CVT costs $ 1150 and saps mpg three of maximum fuel efficiency. Compass' standard five -speed manual is the better non option, but one suspects the Not Ready for Prime Time CVT is the lion's share of the business and get brickbats.

Forget the TV ads. The compass is far too big, heavy and slow, to provide sporty handling, or even the idea of sporty handling. If you have enough patience (and street) to a speed sufficient to produce lateral G can be reached, the Compass' body movements are generally well controlled by the four-wheel independent suspension. The four-wheel discs haul from the baby Jeep on the speed with remarkable alacrity. The ride quality is acceptable: a cut above Jeep Liberty hardness, but not quite up to the standard Grand Cherokee.

As far as off road goes, but does not Jeep Jeep. The Compass' 8.1 "ground clearance is competitive for a crossover" Ute. But a 20-degree approach angle, the Compass to keep maintained on the pavement or dirt roads. Even with the optional Freedom Drive I pack a single-speed, electronically controlled all-wheel drive system-the Rubicon would eat for breakfast, the Compass.

And? The Jeep Compass see many price-conscious consumers looking to get a piece of the Jeep mystique for peanuts (under $ 16k base) buy;. Buyers who would not have to drive the Rubicon as a raft the Zambezi Sure, Jeep Compasses sell loads, but at what cost? In the long run, this is exactly the kind of half-hearted declining market brand extension, which pulled Mercedes' image in the gutter.