Your Complete Guide to Buying a Jeep Compass

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Your Complete Guide to Buying a Jeep Compass

Buying a car can be difficult, as there are many options to choose from. There are, of course, traditional cars that are perfect for driving through a city. There are also sport-utility vehicles that offer the ability to drive in harsher conditions and provide more in the way of storage capacity. What many people do not realise is that there is a third group that fits somewhere in between the first two. These vehicles, sometimes known as crossovers, are usually built on a car platform with the appearance and some of the features of a desirable SUV.

One example of a crossover is the Jeep Compass. The Compass is built on a car platform, and so does not look exactly like other Jeep vehicles. Still, the Compass is designed for city driving and has a number of features that support this. The Jeep Compass can be purchased from a car dealer, or online via websites such as eBay. Before making a purchase, it is helpful to be fully aware of what features are found in the Compass. Understanding factors like fuel efficiency and storage capacity can help you make an informed purchasing decision.

About the Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass is a fairly recent addition to the Jeep family. It was first introduced in 2007, and was one of Jeep's very first crossover vehicles. The name was the same as a concept car that was first shown in 2002. This concept car had a somewhat similar appearance although it was a two-door vehicle. It did have an all-wheel drive, much like some versions of the Compass that would appear later. The Compass actually comes in both a front-wheel drive version, and an all-wheel drive version.

Trail Rating

Initially, the Jeep Compass was not trail rated. This means that it was intended to be used primarily on paved roads, and would not have been an ideal choice for driving off road or in difficult circumstances. This was the case for the Jeep Compass models made between 2007 and 2010. After 2010, all models of the Jeep Compass were trail rated. Jeep actually puts a trail rating badge on vehicles that are capable of driving off road.

Unique features of the Jeep Compass

While in many ways the Compass is similar to other crossover vehicles, there are some unique features that many crossovers do not have. One of these features includes side airbags for safety. There are also some other conveniences to note as well such as a flip pocket in the centre armrest that is designed for storing an MP3 player or a mobile phone. There are even speakers in the liftgate that can be swung down while the gate is open. This allows music to be heard at an outdoor party or other event.


From the very beginning, the Jeep Compass had both manual and automatic transmission. The automatic transmission was not a traditional transmission, rather, it was a continuously-variable transmission (CVT). CVT differs from regular automatic transmission in that the gear ratios are continually changing. This is done to improve passing, and creates more of responsive feel for the driver. In many CVT cars, the feeling of downshifting and upshifting are eliminated, which may bother some drivers who expect it. The internal means of acceleration are also changed. Basically, when the driver presses their foot on the pedal in an automatic transmission, the engine RPMs increase. In a CVT, the RPMs do not increase, even as the vehicle accelerates. The most aggressive four-wheel drive version of the Compass requires the CVT.

All-Wheel Drive

The all-wheel drive option for the Compass is highly popular, and is recommended for being used on a daily basis, even on gentle terrains. For times when it is necessary to drive in deep snow, or on other surfaces that are slippery or unstable, there is a "Lock" mode made available. Aside from this mode, the all-wheel drive is supported by brake-based traction control, brake assist, roll mitigation, and anti-lock brakes that feature rough road detection. There is also an Electronic Stability Program that helps keep the Compass on the road, even during difficult situations.

Fuel Efficiency

One of the reasons that crossover vehicles are so popular is that they are built on a car platform, which makes them more fuel efficient. The Compass is generally more fuel efficient than regular SUVs, although the heavier frame makes it less efficient than an equivalent car. There are also variations within the Compass itself. Manual transmissions tend to be more efficient than automatic transmissions and front-wheel drive tends to be slightly more efficient than all-wheel drive.

Gas Mileage (2011-2014)





Front-wheel drive

23 city/28 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

21 city/28 hwy


All-wheel drive

22 city/28 hwy

21 city/ 26 hwy

21 city/ 27 hwy

20 city/ 23 hwy

It should be noted that all models of the Jeep Compass use regular grade petrol. This is due to the fact that there are no diesel versions available.

Storage Area

Early versions of the Compass were criticised for not have as much storage capacity as other crossover vehicles. However, in terms of actual storage space, the Compass offers up much more than a car and even some smaller crossover vehicles. In terms of cargo area in the back, the Compass has more space depending on whether or not the rear seats are folded down. With the rear seats folded back, there are 1.48 cubic metres of space. The passenger seat can be folded down as well, which brings the total storage space to 1.71 cubic metres.

Differences Between Models

The Jeep Compass has undergone a number of changes since it was first introduced in 2007. Like all cars, subsequent years have brought changes in terms of design and in some mechanical aspects. The Compass models made after the year 2011, have a different exterior than those that came before. There was also a significant change to the interior that took place starting with 2009 models. This redesign of the interior included changing the fabric of the upholstery. The reason for that was that the original materials was known to be tough and uncomfortable. It was, however, specially designed to be soil-repellant and anti-microbial.

Limited Edition

There is a Limited Edition version of the Compass that comes equipped with the typical standard features of the Compass, as well as some other helpful additions. The Limited Edition has bright overlays and side mouldings that are not found on standard editions. There are also heated leather seats. The Limited Edition is available for both the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions of the Compass.

Buying a Jeep Compass on eBay

The Jeep Compass is one of many vehicles that are for sale on eBay at great prices. Since the Compass is still in production, cars found on eBay may be new or used, and in various states of repair. When looking for a Jeep Compass it is helpful to be aware of which year might be the best fit for you, and what features you would prefer over others. Finding a Jeep Compass on eBay is rather simple. All that is needed is a search term that can be entered into the search bar found on any eBay page. This search term can be simple, such as, ' Jeep Compass', or it can be more complex if necessary.

Investigate Thoroughly

Buying a car can be a nerve wracking experience, as there are so many things that could potentially go wrong. The best way to combat this fear is to have a clear understanding of what may affect a car and what to look for in terms of flaws and benefits. It is helpful to read the product description of cars sold on eBay as these may contain information about a car's history and what features it might have. It is also helpful to examine pictures as well. All sellers on eBay can be contacted in order to ask them questions.


The Jeep Compass is a popular and successful crossover vehicle. While it may not have all of the features and abilities found in other Jeep vehicles, it is still a solid choice for those who mainly drive on pavement. When buying a Jeep Compass, it is helpful to be aware of what features it has and how they compare with other similar vehicles. Important factors to consider when purchasing a Jeep Compass on eBay include: the transmission, the fuel efficiency, and whether or not a front-wheel or all-wheel drive option is better.

When shopping for a Jeep Compass, it is also helpful to look at design elements before making a final purchase. This is primarily due to the fact that there are several versions of the Jeep Compass that offer up different features. Some of these features have been changed, as new models of the Compass have been unveiled each year. Others are only found in the Limited Edition model of the Compass. There are other factors to consider as well, such as cargo area and upholstery. Armed with the right information, anyone can find the Jeep Compass that best meets their needs for their own unique style of driving.

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