The smaller size of the 2007 Jeep Compass is an ideal option for many drivers. The style and comfort make the SUV a better choice than wagons, hatchbacks, or traditional SUVs, and the Compass appeals very much to younger buyers that live in an urban environment.
In an effort to differentiate itself from the others, the smaller, car-like SUV puts more emphasis on comfort during on-road driving, rather than the traditional sport-utility off-road ability. The fully independent suspension sets the Compass apart from the competition, and comes with an optional, all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that ensures a better fuel economy than front-wheel-drive.
Jeep has a successful reputation when it comes to making SUVs, and this compact SUV is no exception. If off-roading is not required, the Compass offers excellent drivability and satisfactory features without having to spend extra money on optional equipment.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter, four-cylinder; 2.0-liter four-cylinder; CVT
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Jeep Compass Sport, Jeep Compass Limited
The Jeep Compass was released in 2007 as a small-sized SUV intended primarily for urban use.
The 2007 Jeep Compass has two separate trim levels: the Sport and the Limited. The Sport models include 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Limited version has 18-inch wheels. Intermittent wipers, a roof rack, a rear window wiper, and a rear defogger are present on the Sport trim, and the Limited includes all of these features plus an auto-dimming rearview mirror and privacy glass. The rear liftgate door and fixed liftgate window also come standard in both models. Multiple color choices are available, which allow buyers to customize their vehicle to suit their individual taste preferences. The sunroof and all-terrain tires can be added as options to further spruce up the exterior.
The Jeep’s well-designed interior comes equipped with several standard features, including a CD player, a cargo floor that is easy to clean, and an MP3 jack in the Sport model. Upgrading to the Liberty trim adds an enhanced lighting aspect, air conditioning, leather seating, keyless entry, power locks, power windows, cruise control, power mirrors, heated front seats, and, optionally, a satellite radio and premium speaker system with Bluetooth connectivity functions. Typical for smaller SUVs, the cargo space is limited at about 53.6 cubic feet.
Providing a comfortable seating arrangement and sufficient cargo space, the Compass is well-built vehicle that carries the reputable Jeep nameplate. The cabin is nicely furnished, and feels especially sophisticated with the Limited model’s all-leather seating.
Performance & Handling
Although the output of 172 horsepower (hp) is sufficient for the four-cylinder engine, the AWD-equipped Compass feels only slightly sluggish compared the competition. The standard, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine is completely adequate for day-to-day transportation, and is complimented by a manual five-speed transmission and the continuously variable transmission (CVT). There are two available drive configurations: the automatic AWD model, and the front-wheel-drive model. The front-drive models are sporty, with the optional, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and the CVT. The AWD Compass can be a bit slow in acceleration testing, taking about ten seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill.
Mechanically speaking, the Jeep Compass model’s best overall feature would be the fully-independent suspension. The Compass feels responsive and agile due to the 18-inch wheels and AWD function. With a ground clearance of about 8.4 inches and the comfortable, easy-to-drive feel, the 2007 Jeep Compass continues to be a great SUV option.
Stability control, roll-over sensors, and complete curtain airbags are included as standard safety features for the 2007 Jeep Compass, while front side airbags are optional. The Limited trim level is equipped with a tire-pressure monitor. The Compass performed reasonably well in crash testing, coming in with four out of five stars in rollover, passenger, and driver safety, and five out of five stars in rear-side impact and front-side impact crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jeep Compass Sport: 22/27 mpg city/highway
Jeep Compass Limited: 22/27 mpg city/highway
- Lower price
- Cool gadgets
- Seats are comfortable
- Has small-car agility
You Won't Like
- Hard plastic interior
- Mediocre cargo space
- Slow acceleration with CVT
When compared to the leading SUVs, the 2007 Jeep Compass is below average in power, design, size, and price.
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