- Grand Prairie, TX
- 6 months
2007 jeep compass review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. All-new crossover with big-suv virtues. introductionthe 2007 jeep compass is all new, a term usually meaning that a vehicle has been completely redesigned. But in the case of the compass, it's a completely new vehicle: first generation. one way to measure the value of the compass might be to compare it to the trusty jeep cherokee that was enormously popular for 18 years and finally ended its run in 2001. The compass is slightly bigger and light years better than the cherokee was 10 years ago. It features electronic variable valve timing that continually changes the torque curve, bringing more versatility to the 165 peak pound-feet of torque, and more capability to the 172 peak horsepower. The cvt is optional with the compass sport model, and standard on the limited, where autostick can be added to the cvt. Autostick enables the driver to shift up and down over six steps, making it feel like a six-speed gearbox without a clutch pedal. The combination of cvt with six-speed autostick is the best of both worlds, and works more precisely than the manual/automatic transmissions in many expensive sports sedans. the safety, ride and handling of the compass are all excellent, with a strong steel structure and well-planned subframe. Side-curtain airbags and electronic stability control with anti-rollover sensors are standard. Although, in order to keep the advertised msrp down, air conditioning and power windows and locks are optional. the styling is similar but sleeker than jeep's other small suv, the liberty, which uses a six-cylinder engine. There's good interior space all around, with rear seats that fold flat to make about 54 cubic feet of cargo space. Options for added versatility include reclining rear seats and a passenger front seat that also folds flat, creating either a table or eight-foot-long space for storage. lineupthe jeep compass lineup comes as two models, sport 15,425) and limited 19,580). It comes standard with a five speed manual or a cvt automatic 1000). the sport model comes standard with an am/fm/cd player with auxiliary audio input jack. The front and rear fascia and side moldings have shiny aluminum accents. options for the limited include the sport options, plus a six-speed autostick mode with the continuously variable transaxle 1150), a navigation system, hands-free bluetooth communication, chrome-plated 18-inch aluminum wheels 825) and the boston acoustics sound system 460). safety features that come standard on all models include anti-lock brakes with brake assist (which applies more brake force than the driver is applying if sensors determine it's needed in a panic stop), electronic stability control (esp) with electronic roll mitigation (erm), and side-curtain air bags for head protection. Also standard are state-of-the-art seatbelts in all five positions, so be sure to wear them. Safety options include side airbags for the front seats 250) for torso protection in a side impact. A tire pressure monitoring system is available as part of a package. walkaroundmany won't be able to tell the compass from a liberty because the styling is so similar, especially in front with the classic jeep grille having seven vertical slots, but the differences are clear. The compass looks more like a crossover suv, especially from the sculpted side, with smoothly angular flares over the wheels, as opposed to the plastic cladding on most liberty models. The rear door handles are vertical, mounted on the c-pillars to preserve the character line. the liftgate on the compass is sloped at nearly a 45-degree angle while the liberty's is vertical; and the third side window, into the cargo area, is a stylized triangle (leaving more sheetmetal and reducing visibility) while the liberty's window is, again, squared. that slope at the rear of the compass is matched by the steeply raked windshield, leading up to a roof that's six inches lower than the liberty's. Black plastic roofrails continue from the top corners of the windshield all the way to the spoiler over the liftgate, channeling water over the roof. the compass is one inch closer to the ground than the liberty. The more car-like styling and relative sleekness make the compass look longer than the liberty, but it's actually one inch shorter. the compass limited has aluminum-looking trim on the sides and bumpers. The less-costly sport looks classier in its cleaner monotone. The optional 18-inch chromed aluminum wheels on the limited will appeal to those who want their jeep suv to look more like a cadillac escalade. interiorthe jeep compass cabin is roomy and comfortable. The front bucket seats are very comfortable without being soft. The front seat jacks upward, which is nice because the long dash makes it hard to see the ground in front of the car, even though the hood is short. The center stack is wide and intelligent: rectangular vents on top, over the one-disc am/fm/cd, over a slot that might hold a paperback book. Below that are three climate control knobs, some buttons and then the shift lever at the driver's right knee. Both the automatic and manual transaxle levers are mounted in this practical high forward position, introduced by honda after being copied from rally racing cars, where ergonomics matter. moving rearward between the front seats, there are two fixed cupholders, the emergency brake handle, and a flip-up center console containing a slot for a cellphone or mp3 player. The console top is an armrest, and can be slid three inches to accommodate drivers of different sizes. legroom is good, both front and rear: 39. 4 inches in the rear. The compass will be a fine vehicle for a family trip, with reclining rear seats, optional on sport and standard on limited. There are cupholders in the rear but no net pockets on the front seatbacks, which would be nice. Grab handles make it easy to climb out. the rear 60/40 seats fold flat with the touch of a finger on each side, as easy as it gets. The front seat on the limited model folds flat, making a table. The rear cargo area, a decent 53. 6 cubic feeet with the rear seats folded, is covered by a rugged vinyl mat that's removable for washing. The space-saver spare tire is neatly stored under the mat. One innovative feature on the limited is the removable rechargable led flashlight mounted in the headliner above the cargo area. the one-piece liftgate has panels for structural integrity, and the rear bumper has a non-skid rubber surface for stepping onto. driving impressionthe 2. 4-liter world engine is the right powerplant for the jeep compass. It uses the latest technology, includin.
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