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For 2011 the Jeep Compass has been refreshed with updated styling as well as improvements in handling dynamics and interior quality. An Off-Road package with low-range gearing, increased ride height, all-terrain tires and skid plates also gives the Compass legitimate off-road ability.
We have to give Jeep credit for trying harder this year. Nearly all of the improvements seen in the 2011 Jeep Compass are related to issues about which we've previously griped. Plastic-fantastic interior? Jeep has added soft-touch materials to the cabin. Not worthy of a Jeep badge? Now there's an off-road package with low-range gearing. Too-cute styling? This year's updated sheet metal includes a Grand Cherokee-like front end and additional chrome flourishes that make for a notably more upscale appearance.
Sadly, it's not enough, as the Compass remains rather unrefined under the new clothes. As with its Patriot sibling, the Compass is based on the Dodge Caliber hatchback, which means the Compass shares the Caliber's sluggish and noisy powertrains. While some soft-touch door trim and a new steering wheel look and feel nicer, they don't address seat comfort, cabin noise levels or outward visibility, all of which we have criticized in the past. Hauling capacity is also subpar, with the Compass at the back of the compact crossover pack when it comes to providing cargo space.
Hiking, camping and other outdoor sports enthusiasts should know that the Compass does have an advantage over its rivals during light off-roading thanks to the newly available off-road package that includes all the requisite hardware to earn Jeep's "Trail Rated" moniker. Aggressive all-terrain tires, a low range for the transmission and skid plates provide a measure of rugged capability not seen in this segment of soft-roaders.
While off-road credentials give the 2011 Jeep Compass some authenticity, it's fair to say that more people will have concerns about this vehicle's passenger comfort, powertrain refinement and cargo capacity. Superior alternatives include the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2011 Jeep Compass is a five-passenger compact SUV available in base and Limited trim levels.
Standard equipment on the base Compass includes 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, foglamps, heated sideview mirrors, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel and a four-speaker stereo with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The Latitude package adds heated front seats, driver seat height adjuster, a fold-flat front passenger seat, reclining rear seats, a 115-volt auxiliary power point and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.
The Limited includes all the preceding features and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, exterior chrome accents, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer, automatic climate control, a power driver seat, leather upholstery, satellite radio and an in-dash six-CD changer.
There are several packages available on both trims. The Security and Cargo Convenience Group adds a security alarm, front side airbags, a cargo cover, an auto-dimming rearview mirror (base), a trip computer (base), a USB port (Limited) and Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth (Limited). Remote start is also included if the vehicle is equipped with the continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The Sun and Sound Group adds upgraded speakers (including a pair that flip and face outward from the opened tailgate), a sunroof and, on the base, satellite radio. The Media Center option adds a hard-drive-based navigation system, digital music storage and a USB audio jack.
The Freedom-Drive II Off-Road package (available on 4WD versions) includes a low-range mode for the CVT, engine oil cooler, hill ascent/descent assist, 17-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, skid plates, tow hooks, a driver seat height adjuster and all-season floor mats.
Powertrains and Performance
Front-wheel drive is standard on the 2011 Jeep Compass, while a four-wheel-drive system is optional. It operates in front-wheel-drive mode in normal situations and automatically applies power to the rear wheels when needed. It can also be locked in 4WD mode, with up to 60 percent of the engine's torque sent to the rear wheels for better off-road traction. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road package includes a low-range mode for the CVT to further improve mobility.
Every Compass except the base front-wheel-drive version comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine; it's optional on that base Compass. The 2.4 makes 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a CVT is optional. We tested a four-wheel-drive Compass with the 2.4 and CVT and found that it went from zero to 60 mph in a lazy 10.6 seconds. Fuel economy with the automatic and 4WD is 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. The manual and front-wheel-drive versions improve these numbers by a few mpg.
Available only on the front-wheel-drive base Compass, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 158 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque and offers the same transmission choices as the 2.4. Fuel economy ratings stand at 23/29/25 mpg with the manual and 23/27/24 with the CVT.
Standard safety features include stability control with a rollover sensor, full-length side curtain airbags and traction control. Front-seat side airbags are optional.
The Jeep Compass has not been rated using the government's new, more strenuous 2011 crash-testing procedures. Its 2010 ratings (which aren't comparable to the new tests) were four out of five stars for frontal-impact crash protection and five stars for side-impact protection.
Interior Design and Special Features
The Compass sports an improved cabin this year, with a more comfortable steering wheel and soft-touch material on the front doors and console armrest. But these aesthetic upgrades don't do much for seat comfort, which remains marginal, nor for rearward sight lines, which are compromised by the rear head restraints and wide rear roof pillars.
The Compass offers some useful storage spaces, including an open bin on the passenger side of the dash. The rear seatbacks fold flat, and fold-flat capability for the front passenger seatback (standard on Limited, optional on base) allows you to carry longer items inside the vehicle. The cargo area itself is small, measuring just 22.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 53.6 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded -- less than what's offered by most other small SUVs on the market.
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