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New Jeep Compass looks like a smaller Grand Cherokee

The new Jeep Compass takes the place of the former Compass and Patriot, while modernizing the legendary brand's direction.

Wayne Cunningham
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
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Jeep came out with an all-new version of its Compass model, replacing both the previous Compass and Patriot models.

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The new Compass is relatively compact, coming in under the size of a typical small SUV, and aimed at a global market. In size, it fits between the Renegade and Cherokee.

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The new Compass looks similar to the Grand Cherokee, which combines traditional Jeep elements with a modern SUV design.

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As with new Jeep models, the Compass can be had at different equipment levels taking it from lesser to greater offroad capability.

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In full Trailhawk trim, pictured here, the Compass proves very capable on offroad trails.

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On the road, the Compass' cabin lets a lot of wind noise through, and its engine feels like it struggles with hard acceleration.

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Although the Compass can be optioned with forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control is not available.

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With its uni-body design, the Compass comes in front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive.

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Integrated roof rails extend cargo capability, but any load on top will impact aero efficiency.

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In the US, the Compass only comes with a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine, good for 180 horsepower.

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Jeep says the four-wheel-drive version of the Compass rates a tow-load of 2,000 pounds, enough for some smaller recreational equipment.

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In lower trims, you can get the Compass with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while a nine-speed automatic transmission is available at higher trims.

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