2012 Jeep Compass

The design of the 2012 Jeep Compass 4×4 crossover vehicle was inspired by the Jeep Grand Cherokee.


The engine on the Jeep Compass is an I4 DOHC with an engine displacement of 2.4 liters. The engine has 16-valve dual variable valve timing and 4-cylinder configuration. The transmission is a 5-speed manual. The tank has a maximum fuel capacity of 13.6 gallons.

The standard capacity for payload is 925 pounds. The maximum capacity for towing capability is 2000 pounds while its standard capacity for towing capability is 1000 pounds. The configuration for driveline capability is front-wheel drive. The available type for engine fuel is regular unleaded. The combined amount of fuel economy is 26 miles per gallon.

Exterior & Interior

The outer body of the Compass is fashioned out of fully galvanized steel. The grille has chrome accents. There are 4 doors available in this crossover vehicle. The exterior lighting features include halogen headlight beam, fog and driving lights, and LED brake lights. The wheels have 17 inches of diameter and 6.5 inches of width. The wheels are made of aluminum material and tend to form a silver appearance.

The interior portion of this crossover vehicle is equipped with an analog instrument panel. The instrument panel is capable of providing a tachometer, gauge for engine temperature, clock display with radio, warning display for low fuel conditions, warning display for low tire pressure conditions, and reminder for maintenance. The sound system has 4 standard speakers, am/fm radio, CD player, and MP3 player. This vehicle has the capability of accommodating 5 passengers. It has manual air conditioning system and an air filter. The seat is made from cloth material. The floors on the front and rear portions of the vehicle are installed with carpeted floor mats.

Safety & Reliability

The Jeep Compass utilizes the use of Advanced Multistage Front Airbags which deploys the airbags according to the detected intensity of the collision. It also has a supplemental side-curtain front and rear airbags. Although this crossover vehicle has no security system, it has the technology of Sentry Key which is capable of disabling the engine to avoid theft. It also has rear child safety locks which provide protection against unlocking the rear doors unintentionally. The body frame has side impact beams for an additional protection during collision incidents.

It has the best fuel economy for the city at 23 mpg. It has a small fuel tank, which is the least compared with its competitors. Its tank can only hold 14 gallons of fuel capacity. It also has the lowest horsepower output of 158.

The Competition

There are at least three other makes that fall within the same class and price range as the Jeep Compass that may be worth looking at. These include the Subaru Forester 2.5X (MSRP $20,495; 21 city / 27 hwy), Hyundai Tucson GL (MSRP $19,045; 20 city / 27 hwy), and the Kia Sportage LX (MSRP $20,800; 22 city / 32 hwy). The Sportage of Kia has the best fuel mileage amongst all four vehicles including the 2012 Jeep Compass

Overall Rating
65 out of 100

What others say:

“Accurate, natural-feeling steering. We detected slight wander in gusty crosswinds. Body lean is moderate in corners. While Compass rides slightly lower than most compact SUVs, it feels no more nimble.”Consumer Guide

“Unimpressive powertrain; limited cargo space compared to rivals.”Edmunds


General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact SUV Base Price: $19,295.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.6 gallons (51 liters) MPG: 23 city / 29 hwy
Length: 173.4 in. (440 cm) Width: 69.3 in. (176 cm)
Height: 65.2 in. (165 cm) Wheel Base: 103.7 in. (263 cm)
Curb Weight: 3107 lbs (1409 kg) Ground Clearance: 8.1 in. (20.5 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 22.7 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: 16-Valve DOHC VVT Inline 4 Displacement: 2.0 liter
Horsepower: 158 HP Max RPM: 6400 RPM
Torque: 141 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 10.4 seconds Max Towing Capacity: 2000 lbs (907 kgs)
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Compass Latitude MSRP: $21,645; MPG: 23 city / 27 hwy
Option:Compass Limited MSRP: $24,295; MPG: 21 city / 27 hwy
Option:Compass Latitude 4×4 MSRP: $23,345; MPG: 21 city / 26 hwy
Option:Compass Limited 4×4 MSRP: $25,995; MPG: 21 city / 26 hwy