2011 Jeep Compass – Improved Yet Deficient

2011 Jeep Compass – Improved Yet Deficient
First Look:

Jeep has never disappointed us, as far as the first look of their vehicle is concerned, and the 2011 Jeep Compass is no exception. But apart from this, there is one nice thing and for that we must give Jeep the credit that they tried to improve all the shortcomings and issues that customers complained about their previous vehicle. whether it was the plastic-fantastic interior, which the Jeep is now replaced from a soft-touch materials of the cabin. There also is an off-road package offered with really low gearing, which certifies its Jeep badging. And finally the Grand Cherokee-like facade and extra chrome flourishes, which gives the Compass an immensely upscale appearance.

But forlornly, all this is not enough, because the Compass still remains comparatively unrefined, even under its new clothes. Just as its Jeep Patriot sibling, the Jeep Compass also has been based on the Dodge Caliber hatchback, which means that the Compass has the sluggish and noisy powertrains of Caliber. Also, though the new Compass comes with a brand new steering wheel and soft-touch door trim, which gives it a nice feel and look, but that doesn’t addresses the cabin noise levels, outward visibility and seat comfort, and all these are the issues that we already have criticized. Let’s see the 2011 Jeep Compass in a better manner and see what exactly it has to offer.

What’s New for 2011 Jeep Compass?

The 2011 Jeep Compass comes with a refurbished and updated styling along with improved handling dynamics and interior quality. In addition to this the there also is an Off-Road package having low-range gearing, all-terrain tires, increased ride height and skid plates, which provides the Compass legitimate off-road capability.

Body Styling and Features:

The 2011 Jeep Compass is a compact SUV with seating capacity of 5 and available in two trim levels: base and Limited.

The standard feature set fir the base Jeep Compass includes 17 in alloy wheels, fog lamps, roof rails, air-conditioning, complete power accessories, heated side view mirrors, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control and a 4 speaker stereo having auxiliary audio jack and a CD player. There is an Latitude package of the Compass which adds driver seat height adjuster, heated front seats, reclining rear seats, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a leather-swathed steering wheel having audio controls and a 115-volt auxiliary power point.

The feature set for the Limited trim of 2011 Jeep Compass includes 18-inch alloy wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, exterior chrome accents, automatic climate control, a trip computer, leather upholstery, a power driver seat, an in-dash 6-CD changer and satellite radio.Both the trims of the vehicle are available in several packages. The Cargo and Security package for the Compass gets you front side airbags, a security alarm, an auto-dimming rearview mirror (base edition only), a cargo cover, a USB port (Limited edition only), a trip computer (base edition only) and Uconnect voice command having Bluetooth (Limited edition only). If you are getting the Compass with continuously variable transmission (CVT), then you even can get remote start.

Apart from these there are plenty of other packages offered with the Compass, that you can get if you want some additional features and equipments.

Interior Design:

The 2011 Jeep Compass sports an enhanced cabin for this model year having soft-touch material on the console armrest and doors and more comfortable steering wheel. But all these aesthetic upgrades don’t do a lot for the seat comfort, and as far as the comfort is concerned it’s still marginal.

Under The Hood:

The 2011 Jeep Compass is a front wheel drive vehicle, but there also is an option of 4-wheel-drive system. The power for all the Compass except for the base model having front wheel drive comes from a 2.4 ltr 4-cylinder engine; the same engine is optional on base Compass. The 2.4 ltr engine generates maximum power of 172 hp and 165 lbs-ft of maximum torque. The engine here is mated with a five speed manual transmission, and there also is an option of CVT.

Performance:

In our performance testing the 4-wheel-drive 2011 Jeep Compass equipped with a 2.4 ltr engine and CVT sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in a sluggish 10.6 seconds.

Fuel Efficiency:

The estimated fuel efficiency for the 4WD 2011 Jeep Compass is of 21 mpg in city and 26 mpg on highway, which comes combined to 23 mpg. The manual transmission equipped versions improves there numbers a tad bit.

Safety Equipments:

The standard safety equipment for the 2011 Jeep Compass includes stability control having a rollover sensor, traction control and full-length side curtain airbags. The optional safety equipments include front-seat side airbags.

Verdict:

The 2011 Jeep Compass improves the minor shortcomings that were in its precursor, but still the vehicle is not all that impressive.

 

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