Detroit 2011: Jeep Compass Tries For Some Legitimacy

Detroit 2011: Jeep Compass Tries For Some Legitimacy

The Jeep Compass doesn’t get much respect. As a 4-cylinder, car based Jeep, it never really fit with the brand’s rugged off-road ethos, and some Jeep fans mocked its weak constitution on anything but paved roads.

For 2011, the Compass gets a substantial refresh, hoping to trade on the looks of its big brother, the Grand Cherokee. Since the Compass is still Jeep’s baby SUV, fuel economy is a major selling point, with an estimated 28 mpg for the Compass.

Big changes include a (much needed) improvement in the interior, with soft touch plastics and better build quality, as well as a more advanced AWD system that is now “Trail Rated” in Jeep parlance.  Power comes from the familiar 2.0L and 2.4L 4-cylinder Chrysler engines, backed up by a CVT gearbox.

Gallery: 2011 Jeep Compass

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