What is it? Chrysler updated 2011 Jeep Compass, bears a close resemblance to its bigger Jeep family member, the Grand Cherokee. The Compass is updated with a new hood, front fenders, fascia, headlamps, and grille. Likewise, the rear has a new look, body-color spoiler, and LED tail lamps on the Limited model. Chrome accents throughout and new aluminum wheels add to the make over.
The small SUV continues to be powered by a standard 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). When mated to a five-speed manual transmission, fuel economy for the two-wheel drive model is reported to be 23 mpg in the city, and 29 mpg on the highway. Last year, the Compass was EPA-rated for 23 mpg city, 26 mpg highway. We got 22 mpg overall when we tested a four-wheel drive model with the optional CVT and 2.4-liter, 172-hp four-cylinder engine.
The Compass will be available in three trims: Compass, Latitude, and Limited. Chrysler says the small SUV also now has off-road capability and a new Trail Rated off-road package.
Safety features include standard stability control, electronic roll mitigation, hill assist, and side air bags for all seating rows. Other features include iPod interface, satellite radio, navigation, power sunroof, illuminated cup holders, keyless entry, and heated power exterior mirrors.
An all-weather option includes 17-inch all-terrain tires, all-season floor mats, daytime running lights, engine block heater, and tow hooks.
The previous Compass came up short in our tests. Engine and road noise was pronounced, interior fit and finish was drab and cheap, and visibility was compromised by its design.
When will it be available? Now.