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Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Used Jeep Compass
Although the Jeep brand has been around since the early 1940s, the Jeep Compass is a relatively new addition to their fleet. First released in 2007, you can easily find used Jeep Compass models on our dealership lot. Here at Dan Cummins Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we specialize in adventure vehicles, and that includes more than just the iconic Jeep Wrangler. The Compass is also an adventure model in its own right. Classified as a compact crossover, it is ideal for people who live in an urban environment but who also enjoy heading out into nature on the weekends.
If you have been thinking about purchasing a used Jeep Compass, then you have come to the right place. With only two generations to pick from, you will find that most pre-owned Compass models are pretty well-equipped. And here at Dan Cummins Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, you will find a friendly staff of Jeep experts to guide you to the best vehicle for your needs. Before we dive into all the reasons why this is the adventure vehicle for you, let's explore this SUV's brief history.
Making its initial debut at the North American Auto Show in 2006, the first Jeep Compass arrived on dealership lots around the country in 2007. At the time, it did not boast Jeep's coveted "Trail-Rated" badge. In fact, this title wasn't bestowed upon the Compass until 2011. However, the original model’s lesser off-road capabilities are not necessarily a bad thing. Featuring a softer body style with a hatchback rear, it's the most city-friendly model in the Jeep lineup even today.
In 2011, the Compass was restyled to look more like the popular Grand Cherokee. It even got a revised suspension for enhanced handling off-road, a new interior, and optional packages. One thing you should note about used Jeep Compass models is that they are all powered by a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine. The engine in the second-generation vehicles is a bit more powerful, but the difference is not huge.
The second generation made its first appearance at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in 2016. This newer generation boasts significantly more modern looks, with a sleek exterior that really stands out. Inside the cabin, you will find high-tech solutions, like the Uconnect infotainment system. Advanced safety features can also be found in used models from the second generation like forward collision warning, parking sensors, blindspot monitoring, and more.
If you purchase a used Jeep Compass, then it will offer a stellar cabin experience on long drives. As we mentioned before, the models that were produced before 2011 were primarily made for driving in the city. While they do offer comfortable cabins, the road trip experience is better on models made after 2011. This is mostly due to the revised suspension and updated interior.
The second generation of used Jeep Compass models is even better on long road trips. Available in four trim levels instead of three, you can find the base Sport, the mid-range Latitude, the luxurious Limited, or even an off-roading Trailhawk. Let's look at some of the main features you can expect to find on various second-generation trims to get an idea of what you can expect inside the cabin of a newer used Compass.
In general, the base Sport models tend to be the most economical, even offering 6-speed manual transmission as well as a 6-speed automatic transmission. Next, the Latitude trim is a great model for long drives due to its higher-end features. The cabin typically features a combination of premium cloth and faux leather upholstery. The steering wheel is wrapped in genuine leather, and you might be able to find a Latitude with the Cold Weather Package, which adds heated seats and a heated steering wheel to keep you cozy in the winter.
If you want to ensure that you will get these upgrades, then we recommend looking for a used Jeep Compass Limited. It comes standard with heated seats and full leather upholstery, while the driver's seat is also power-adjustable to perfectly fit your body. Keep in mind that you have less control over what sort of features you will find on a used Jeep Compass. However, in general, we recommend a second-generation model in either the Latitude or Limited trims if you want a vehicle that is comfortable on long drives. The Trailhawk is more for off-roading.
If you are searching for a used Jeep Compass with 4x4, then you are in luck - every model year has offered Jeep's robust 4x4 systems. While you will lose a bit of fuel economy compared to the standard front-wheel drive setup, the optional 4x4 systems will keep you driving confidently no matter the weather or terrain. If 4x4 is a requirement for your next SUV, then speak with the experts here at Dan Cummins, and we will find you a used Jeep Compass with 4x4.
Not only does the 2011 Jeep Compass come with a revised suspension for better handling, but it can also be found with the Freedom Drive II Package. This suite of off-roading enhancements beefs up the vehicle's off-road capabilities even further. Riding on 17-inch aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires, you can conquer all sorts of trails with one of these vehicles. The ground clearance was also raised by 1-inch, and protective skid plates have been installed to prevent damage to the underbelly.
Moving on to the second generation of used Jeep Compass models, you will have two different 4x4 systems available. The first three trims come standard with front-wheel drive, but a Jeep Active Drive 4x4 system was optional for superior performance. However, the Trailhawk trim came standard with an enhanced Jeep Active Drive Low 4x4 setup. The word "low" in the name refers to the Trailhawk's 20:1 low range crawl ratio, allowing you to climb over obstacles without a problem. It is this special system that allowed the Compass Trailhawk to win the coveted Trail Rated badge.