2011 Jeep Compass Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2011 Jeep Compass, remains a vehicle that looks better on paper—roomy, versatile, and maneuverable, but still lacking in driving refinement and powertrain responsiveness.

The new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Compass's larger, hardier sibling, got a complete redesign this year, and it's been almost unanimously lauded for being attractively proportioned, if a bit conservative. Meanwhile, the former, pre-2011 Compass has not at all been well-received, especially with respect to styling. Its 'Jeep Modern' design—with an odd combination Wrangler/CJ design cues in front and an odd, angular crossover tail—never quite took with either conservative Jeep suburbanites or with the hip urban folks Jeep originally aimed it at. Design-wise odd yet homely were appropriate descriptors.

The short story is that Jeep tried to give the 2011 Compass the Grand Cherokee treatment. The Compass hasn't received a complete redesign for 2011, just some softened sheetmetal and new front and rear end styling. The proportions are the same, with the boxy wheelwell outline and smooth rear-pillar upkick preserved. the front end is a smaller, softer version of the Grand Cherokee's, while the taillamps have also been softened. Overall, the Compass has a vaguely sleeker, classier look from some angles, but the changes don't reduce the Compass's ungainliness, to our eyes.

Likewise, Jeep claims to have upgraded trims and finishes inside, but those upgrades are basically limited to a new steering wheel, some new knobs for the climate control, and a few more bright plasti-chrome accents. Available leather seats have contrasting piping and are an upgrade in style, though. That said, the fundamentals are all here and the layout of the interior is straightforward and functional—and appealing in appearance if not always feel.

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April 15, 2015
For 2011 Jeep Compass

not bad at all

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Pure basics. Slow accelaration. Lack of special features.
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February 17, 2016
For 2015 Jeep Compass

It's ok nothing fancy

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I've only put on 6000 mi ok so far not enough power gas mileage isn't very good small gas tank not bad in snow overall been ok so far Seems cheaply made in some ways well see how it goes
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September 28, 2015
For 2015 Jeep Compass

Great Jeep

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to all of the so called experts, pull your head out of your ass. The 2015 Jeep Compass is a great vehicle for the price. At less than $25,000.00 with air conditioning and cruise control, four wheel drive... + More »
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September 26, 2015
2015 Jeep Compass 4WD 4-Door Limited

I'm not happy with my 2015 Jeep Compass

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I bought a jeep compass 2015 8 weeks ago, yesterday when I went to use my jeep would not turn on,how is possible for a new jeep with only eight weeks old, giving me problems, I'm paying a lot of money for this... + More »
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December 18, 2016
2014 Jeep Compass FWD 4-Door High Altitude

so far so good !!! power pick up after 8/10.000 miles

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it is a high end JEEP all bell,s and whistie pick up and passing very good after 7/8000 miles, m p g ok you give up m.p.g. for performen!
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April 29, 2015
2013 Jeep Compass FWD 4-Door Sport

I like everything about it except the driver seat is too low.

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I previously had a Jeep Cherokee and liked sitting up high but the mileage is much better with the Compass. I had to buy a dashboard compass because my Jeep Compass did not have a compass.
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July 24, 2015
2012 Jeep Compass 4WD 4-Door Sport

Most small crossover suv for the money!

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This vehicle has had bad reviews by JEEP fans due to its CVT transmission. I'm used to the CVT since its the same drive system as our Prius and my scooter. It does take some getting used to and some relearning... + More »
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August 30, 2016
2008 Jeep Compass 4WD 4-Door Limited

Strong car, comfortable.

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Durable outside and in-- looked brand new after 140,000 miles!
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