Monday, April 18, 2011

2011 Jeep Compass Review

Jeep continues to improve their design and the latest iteration the “compass” is no exception. Last year’s model wasn’t great with a lackluster interior design and what felt like plastic seating. The current version now features softer interior that has significantly improved the comfort for passengers. Even the cars shell design shows signs of improvement with the model no longer appearing like a box-type vehicle.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Jeep Compass is available in a variety of different options but we wouldn’t suggest the base model due to its many limitations we suggest going with a mid range version of the vehicle with many of the optional features. The base is only front wheel drive with 2.0 Liter cylinder while the rest comes with 4WD and 2.4 Liter engines. As an off-road vehicle, the base model might not perform on rougher terrains. The only advantage of the base model is the fuel economy which is 23/29 mpg while the 4WD model has 21/26 mpg. A few kilometers could spell the difference for city drivers but for light off road transportation, power is a lot more important.

Maneuverability and Storage

With stability and traction control, the 2011 Jeep Compass performs well. Unfortunately, this is the only advantage for future owners once they are inside the vehicle. Almost everything is optional which means it requires many additional fees. Even the side and curtain airbags will require additional payment. Storage is also lackluster for an SUV.

Overall, the 2011 Jeep Compass is an impressive upgrade from last year. But it still has a long way to go when it comes to design. Fortunately, it can still draw interest for its fuel economy and pricing.


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