Jeep's controversial new compact SUV will tap your wallet for $15,985 (MSRP, including destination charges). Arriving in U.S. and international dealerships in the fall, Jeep's first-ever road-biased crossover is targeted squarely at young, first-time Jeep buyers (ages 25-35, with a predicted 60-percent female 'take' rate).

According to Chrysler, 368,000 compact SUVs were sold in the U.S. in 2005, a 24-percent uptick from 2004. The company expects the segment to continue to grow, nearly tripling in size over the next ten years.

The base model ships with FWD, powered by Chrysler's 172 hp, 2.4-liter World Engine through a five-speed manual transaxle. Customers can step up to a full-time 4x4 "Freedom Drive I"-equipped Compass at an MSRP of $17,585. Those with a bit more scratch will have the choice of going for the Compass Limited (FWD) at $20,140, or the full-boat Compass Limited 4x4 at $21,740.

[Source: Chrysler Group]


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