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Review: 2011 Jeep Compass

Least Capable Jeep Still Lost In The Woods Let's be honest here: The Jeep Compass should have never been built – at least not in the form it took. A derivative of the compact Dodge Caliber, the Compass is neither a real Jeep nor an SUV, but a singular testament to how badly Daimler mismanaged the brand over its decade of ownership. And sales have proven this out. Although the Compass did well in the first year after its May 2006 launch, interest quickly cooled, and through the end of 2010, Chrysler had totaled only 111,000 Compass sales. The company managed to move fewer than... Read More

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    Detroit: 2014 Jeep Compass/Patriot sing their swan songs with a six-speed automatic
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    Unless the governor, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, gives them a reprieve, the 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot are expected to meet their makers sometime next year. Should they perish, it's a shame that it would happen just as they've shed the continuously variable transmission that was their major bugbear, and just as the Compass has gotten its best looks ...

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    Official: 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot get available PowerTech six-speed auto, modest changes
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    The 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot are here, and as expected, the big news is the availability of a six-speed automatic transmission on certain models. The transmission, sourced from PowerTech (a subsidiary of Hyundai) will attempt to address the noise, vibration and harshness issues suffered by older CVT-equipped models by using noise-resistant gears. It ...

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    Paris: 2013 Fiat Panda 4x4 is 'go anywhere' in a small package
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    Fiat has already dropped all of the info for its new Panda 4x4 mini utility, but the Paris Motor Show allows us to finally see this prospective future Jeep in the flesh. Claimed to be the only four-wheel-drive offering in Europe's A-segment, the 2013 Fiat Panda 4x4 promises to be a proficient off-roader in a very small package. From the sounds of it, ...

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    New York: Jeep climbs to higher Altitude with murdered-out specials
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    We know what you're thinking: You'd love to buy a new Jeep, but only if it were more... black. Fortunately, dear friend, the Chrysler division has answered your prayers with a raft of special editions called Altitude. The name was selected by online poll, and the vehicles were previewed by a series of "production-intent" concepts at successive auto ...

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    Official: Jeep bringing pair of black and white "production-intent" concepts to Geneva
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    We may think of Jeep as an American brand – and indeed it is – but of all the Chrysler divisions that have come and gone over the years, Jeep is arguably the best established. So when the doors open in a couple of weeks at the Geneva Motor Show, the iconic off-road brand will have a few new model variants to show potential European ...

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    Chicago: 2012 Mopar Jeep Compass True North points... north?
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    Mopar didn't leave Jeep out of the customized fun here at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Based on the Compass, the 2012 Mopar True North boasts a two-inch suspension lift from Rocky Road Suspensions and 16-inch matte black wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich All Terrain tires. Other exterior tidbits include a matte black grille surround and lower body ...

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    Auto execs answer our questions... and yours
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    We told Autoblog readers that we had a few questions for auto executives at the North American International Auto Show that we would be asking. We did get to ask most of our questions, but even better, we got to ask a bunch of questions that you, our readers had. We didn't get to all of them, but we are going to do our best via follow-up email, as well ...

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    Detroit 2011: Jeep celebrates 70th Anniversary with special edition models
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    Jeep has proclaimed itself as "one of the world's few, true icons." Normally, we'd take issue with such a brazen statement, but in the case of Jeep, we don't really disagree. In fact, in a good portion of the developed world, the word 'Jeep" is synonymous with sport utility vehicles in general... like Kleenex or Coke. With that in mind, Chrysler think ...

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    Paris Preview: Chrysler to unveil 25th Anniversary minivan, Jeep Compass Overland
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    We already took a look at MOPAR's first concept due to be displayed at the Paris Motor Show next week, and it turns out that it has a twin. This one is based on the unloved Compass mini 'ute and reuses the Overland moniker that's been popular with the Jeep brand, once owned by Willys-Overland. It's painted in a classically-Jeep dark green color that ...

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    New York Auto Show: 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
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    Jeep has released a spate of photos of its new 2007 Wrangler Unlimited four-door, which we should be seeing in the metal within a few hours here in New York. The Unlimited boasts the same modular-style removable top that engenders a lot of added flexibility, functioning as a t-top of sorts, a targa, and full-blown, wind-in-the-hair convertible. Be sure to ...

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    Editorial: Will DCX's move taking Jeep 'out of the woods' dilute the brand?
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    The Jeep Compass, arguably the 2006 North American International Auto Show's leading whipping boy has been outed (along with company's upcoming Patriot twin) by James Healey at the USA Today as potentially damaging brand extensions. The two vehicles are based on the DaimlerChrysler's on-road-only Dodge Caliber, offering comparatively little of ...

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