Sport 4dr Front-wheel Drive
2008 Jeep Compass

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Engine Engine 2.4LI-4
MPG MPG 23 City / 28 Hwy
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2008 Compass Overview

The Jeep Compass is a car-based vehicle that's enjoyable to drive and comes with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.First introduced as a 2007 model, the Compass is built on a front-wheel-drive, car-based structure, a modified version of the platform that supports the Mitsubishi Lancer and Jeep Patriot.

One way to measure the value of the Compass might be to compare it to the trusty Jeep Cherokee that was enormously popular for 18 years and finally ended its run in 2001.The Compass is slightly bigger and much more comfortable than the Cherokee was 10 years ago, though without as much off-road capability.

The Jeep Compass uses DaimlerChrysler's 2.4-liter, four-cylinder World Engine, developed jointly for 21st century efficiency with Mitsubishi and Hyundai.It's a solid, sophisticated, 16-valve engine.Like other new four-cylinder engines, it is quieter and stronger than a four-banger was believed capable of being 10 years ago.It features electronic variable valve timing that continually changes the torque curve, bringing more versatility to the 165 peak pound-feet of torque, and more capability to the 172 peak horsepower.Emphasis during development of this engine was on fuel mileage; even carrying 3326 pounds, the Compass 4WD with a five-speed manual transmission delivers EPA fuel economy estimates of 22/27 mpg City/Highway.

The Jeep Compass offers an optional continuously variable transaxle, which performs like an automatic transmission.The CVT comes with the Auto Stick manual shiftgate feature for 2008.The Auto Stick enables the driver to shift up and down over six preset gear ratios, making it feel like a six-speed gearbox without a clutch pedal.

Also new for 2008, Jeep has recalibrated the engine and transaxle for improved drivability and reduced noise.Chrome interior accents brighten the 2008 models, and air conditioning and a tire-pressure monitor are standard equipment.

The safety, ride and handling of the Compass are all excellent, with a strong steel structure and well-planned subframe.Side-curtain airbags and electronic stability control with anti-rollover sensors are standard.Power windows and power door locks are optional, however.Remember manual door locks? Some cannot.

Inside, the Compass is thoughtfully designed.The instruments and controls are well placed and easy to use, though the materials feel cut rate.There's good interior space all around, with rear seats that fold flat to make about 54 cubic feet of cargo space.Options for added versatility include reclining rear seats and a passenger front seat that also folds flat, creating either a table or eight-foot-long space for storage.
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2008 Compass Overview

The Jeep Compass is a car-based vehicle that's enjoyable to drive and comes with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.First introduced as a 2007 model, the Compass is built on a front-wheel-drive, car-based structure, a modified version of the platform that supports the Mitsubishi Lancer and Jeep Patriot.

One way to measure the value of the Compass might be to compare it to the trusty Jeep Cherokee that was enormously popular for 18 years and finally ended its run in 2001.The Compass is slightly bigger and much more comfortable than the Cherokee was 10 years ago, though without as much off-road capability.

The Jeep Compass uses DaimlerChrysler's 2.4-liter, four-cylinder World Engine, developed jointly for 21st century efficiency with Mitsubishi and Hyundai.It's a solid, sophisticated, 16-valve engine.Like other new four-cylinder engines, it is quieter and stronger than a four-banger was believed capable of being 10 years ago.It features electronic variable valve timing that continually changes the torque curve, bringing more versatility to the 165 peak pound-feet of torque, and more capability to the 172 peak horsepower.Emphasis during development of this engine was on fuel mileage; even carrying 3326 pounds, the Compass 4WD with a five-speed manual transmission delivers EPA fuel economy estimates of 22/27 mpg City/Highway.

The Jeep Compass offers an optional continuously variable transaxle, which performs like an automatic transmission.The CVT comes with the Auto Stick manual shiftgate feature for 2008.The Auto Stick enables the driver to shift up and down over six preset gear ratios, making it feel like a six-speed gearbox without a clutch pedal.

Also new for 2008, Jeep has recalibrated the engine and transaxle for improved drivability and reduced noise.Chrome interior accents brighten the 2008 models, and air conditioning and a tire-pressure monitor are standard equipment.

The safety, ride and handling of the Compass are all excellent, with a strong steel structure and well-planned subframe.Side-curtain airbags and electronic stability control with anti-rollover sensors are standard.Power windows and power door locks are optional, however.Remember manual door locks? Some cannot.

Inside, the Compass is thoughtfully designed.The instruments and controls are well placed and easy to use, though the materials feel cut rate.There's good interior space all around, with rear seats that fold flat to make about 54 cubic feet of cargo space.Options for added versatility include reclining rear seats and a passenger front seat that also folds flat, creating either a table or eight-foot-long space for storage.Hide Full Review