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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
The Compass hasn't been rated for safety since its refresh, by either of the major safety agencies, but its features are pretty strong, albeit typical for the class.
Side curtain airbags, Brake Traction Control, a driver-controlled three-mode Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation, and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with rough-road detection are all included, along with front-seat side airbags and active head restraints.
The closely related Jeep Patriot has been rated for 2012 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and it's earned top 'good' ratings in all categories—as well as Top Safety Pick status. And we read that as a good sign for the Compass.
You'll want to take a look around and make sure you have a good field of vision for parking or changing lanes. For many drivers, the rear-pillar upkick gets in the way during lane changes.
The 2012 Jeep Compass doesn't have any official, updated crash-test ratings, but there are plenty of signs that it's a strong, safe package; rear visibility might be difficult for some, though.