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2012 Jeep Compass Sport Utility Crossover

Price Range: $19,295 - $26,045 | 21 MPG City - 26 MPG Highway
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2012 Jeep Compass Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2012 Jeep Compass Sport Utility Crossover

The car-like 2012 Jeep Compass is the only crossover vehicle in the Jeep family, and shares a platform with the boxy Jeep Patriot. The Compass combines the utility of a compact SUV and the maneuverability and crisp handling of a small hatchback, with some added rugged Jeep character.

What's new for 2012?

The 70th Anniversary, a special-edition one-off for 2011, is no longer available. Otherwise, the Compass is virtually identical to last year's model.

Model Strengths

  • An affordable crossover SUV
  • fuel efficiency comparable to hybrids
  • spacious interior for passengers or cargo
  • top government ratings in crash tests

Model Review

For 2012, there are three trims available: the base Sport, Latitude and Limited. Four-wheel drive versions come with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that offers 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. All Compasses come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission. An automatic continuously variable transmission with manual shift override control is optional. Front wheel drive is standard on both trims while 4-wheel drive is optional. A 2.0L 4-cylinder engine making 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque is available only on the Sport with front-wheel drive.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Rollover Resistance

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt


Anti-theft System Std
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2012 Jeep Compass Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr Sport


Engine Type Gas I4
Horsepower 158 @ 6400 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 141 @ 5000 RPM
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Fuel Capacity 13.6 gal
Fuel Economy 23 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 394.4 miles


Driven Wheels FWD


Rims 17 x 6.5 in.
Tires P215/60R17
Spare Tire Compact Spare Tire

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 5 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 40.7 in. / 40.6 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 39.9 in. / 39.4 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space cubic ft.


Wheelbase 103.7 in.
Curb Weight 3082 lb.
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2012 Jeep Compass Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr Sport


Air Conditioning Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Privacy Glass Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Bluetooth, Hands-Free Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional
Front Bucket Seats Optional


Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard


AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard