2011 Jeep Compass

MSRP $19,295 - $25,995

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2011 Jeep Compass Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 31, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2011 redesign has made the Jeep Compass a much more rounded and complete package as it has managed to address most of the gripes that everyone had with the older generation model. The new Grand Cherokee-style front end, premium cabin materials, more off-road capabilities, solid fuel efficiency, all make the 2011 Compass a solid offering in this segment. Although refinement and acceleration performance still needs improvement and the cargo space is still poor as compared to the competitors, the growth is expansive. 

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Pros

Affordable price

Great fuel efficiency

Spacious cabin

Available flip-down tailgate speakers

Superior off-road capabilities

Cons

Lackluster performance

Limited cargo space

What's New?

Updated exterior styling and interior quality

Improved handling dynamics

Available Off-Road package


2011 Jeep Compass Consumer Reviews and Ratings

5.4

based on 5 ratings


5.4/10Features
6.0/10Interiors
5.8/10Design
5.8/10Safety
4.4/10Reliability
6.0/10Deal Value

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2011 Jeep Compass Reviews

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Eitan McKenna

2011 Jeep Compass

4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

4

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 31, 2021

Clutch failed within 100K miles!!

Pros - Spacious cabins, all-terrain adaptability

Cons - Faulty clutch assembly, Scratchy gear shifting, Excess vibration in motor

Not reliable as anticipated It has the space and adaptability I required but, faced more reliability issues with its motor and clutch assembly. I've spent roughly $3.5K in the service centers and replaced its release bearings last month but still, I feel scratchy while shifting between gears. The servicemen informed me that the clutch setup needs some additional time to get refined. Within 100K miles, I'm facing these issues and unsure about the new problems and pending dealership visits. We had a pleasant purchasing experience in the Bernard's Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram but the servicemen failed to impress us with their repairing skills. I prefer this dealership only for purchasing a vehicle.

4/10
Features
6/10
Interior
5/10
Design
4/10
Safety
2/10
Reliability
3/10
Deal Value
8/10
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TL

Tanner Lutz

2012 Jeep Compass

Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

4

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 4, 2022

Troublesome drivetrain

Pros - Responsive off-road performance--Ease of access

Cons - Inadequate power distribution--Defective 4X4 drivetrain--Decreasing gas mileage

Not a trustworthy SUV After 100K miles, its engine failed to distribute power to the rear wheels due to some problems with the power transfer. I felt underpowered while driving on inclined mountain roads and the gas mileage got gradually decreased with a difference of 4-miles. I'm yet to repair the drive train and am afraid of the repair estimate from the service technicians. I had no issues while purchasing the car and the salesmen provided their support via phone calls even after the purchase. The ambiance was pleasant and the finance team assisted in completing the pending transaction.

4/10
Features
3/10
Interior
5/10
Design
5/10
Safety
2/10
Reliability
4/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

C

Christopher

2013 Jeep Compass

Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 11, 2022

My Reliable Compass!

Pros - Reliabiliity--Smooth clutch feel--Distinctive Jeep styling

Cons - Road noise at high speeds--Limited cargo space

Dependable and Energetic My Jeep Compass still has many miles left in it! It is perfect for commuting and I haven't faced any mechanical issues to date. My dad can drive it with ease even though it has a manual transmission. I've just replaced its tires to get more grip along with the fluid changes during the last service. I'm looking to own it for more years and it's been a part of my life for the past eight years. The dealership had a vast parking area and a clean infrastructure to keep us comfortable with the business. The finance manager was active and made our transaction look simple with their credit endorsement.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19295

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

112 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

158 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

141 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

103.7 in.

length

175.1 in.

width

71.4 in.

height

65 in.

curb weight

3082 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

925 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/29 mpg

highway range

394.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$19,295 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio

Latitude$19,295 onwards

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Manual height adjustment driver seat
  • Reclining rear seats

Limited$24,295 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front automatic air conditioning
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Sirius AM/FM/Satellite

70th Anniversary$24,295 onwards

  • Paddle shifters
  • Simulated suede/leather Seat trim

Colors and Styles

2011 Jeep Compass in Black Clear Coat color
Black Clear Coat

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.1

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.5

Competition

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


Apart from the new exterior design and premium cabin materials, Jeep has also added a new optional Off-road package with low-range gearing, increased ride height, all-terrain tires, and skid plates to make the 2011 Compass a lot more exciting and a tough competitor in the compact SUV segment. With the prices still starting at a lowly $20,045 it very well undercuts the rivals like the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4


8.5/10
Features

7.1/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.5/10
Safety


2011 Jeep Compass Features

8.5/10

Jeep now offers the compass in three basic trims with two drivetrain options, the FWD being standard and 4WD being the optional one. The base trim covers most of the functionality part well and while the Latitude trim adds quite a few convenience features, most of the premium features are reserved only for the Limited trim. Additional features and options packages can also be added to better spec the SUV to suit individual tastes and needs. 

Trims

Base

Latitude

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$20,045

$22,395

$25,045

MSRP (4WD)

$21,745

$24,095

$26,745

Key Features

Front Fog/Driving Lights

Automatic Front Air Conditioning

Simulated Alloy Interior Trim

 

Tire Pressure Monitoring

Rear-seat climate control

Universal Remote Transmitter

 

4-speaker audio system

Sirius Satellite radio

12 Months Of Satellite Radio Service

 

Cruise Control

Adaptive shock absorbers

6-Way Power Driver Seat

 

Power Heated Mirrors

Driver Lumbar Support

Heated Bucket Front Seats

 

Premium Cloth Upholstery

Reclining Rear Seats

Leather Upholstery

 

17-inch Alloy Wheels

 

18-inch Alloy Wheels

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Although the base trim is very specced for its price, it is suggested to better opt for the top-of-the-line Limited trim as it offers all the features that Jeep has to offer along with a more powerful engine and yet keeps the prices on par with its rivals. If venturing into the unknown is regular for you, opting for the 4WD should be a smart choice. 

2011 Jeep Compass Engine and Performance

7.1/10

The 2011 Compass is available with two powertrain options. The lower trims are offered with a 2-liter four-cylinder unit that produces a humble 158 hp and 141 lb-ft while the top-end Limited trim features a more powerful 2.4-liter engine which is rated at 172 hp and 165 lb-ft. The base engine is paired up with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission while the larger engine comes mated only with the CVT. Both send power to the front wheels as standard and can be had with Jeep’s Freedom Drive I 4WD drivetrain. 

Performance from the underpowered base engine is lackluster as it offers a painstakingly slow acceleration and needs well over 10 seconds to achieve 60 mph on the gauge cluster. The more powerful engine too does not offer much performance, shaving off only less than a second in the 0-60 mph run. That being said, when locked in 4WD, the Compass can send 60 percent of the engine's torque to the rear wheels for better off-road traction while the Freedom Drive II Off-Road package includes a low-range mode which further improves mobility. 

Model

Jeep Compass Base

Ford Escape XLS

Nissan Rogue S

Toyota RAV4 

MSRP

$20,045

$22,065

$22,270

$23,285

Engine

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

CVT

4-speed automatic

Power

158 hp @ 6,400 rpm

171 hp @ 6,000 rpm

170 hp @ 6,000 rpm

179 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

141 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

171 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

175 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

172 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

10.3

9.3

9.5

8.8

Quarter Mile (sec)

17.6

16.9

17.4

15.0

Top Speed (mph)

108

114

119

122

Towing Capacity (lbs)

2,000

1,500

1,000

1,500

The 2011 Jeep Compass is much more affordable than all its rivals by a huge margin which makes it stand out from the crowd of compact SUVs. That being said, the lower engine output translates to the slowest straight acceleration performance in this comparison. The Ford Escape and Nissan Murano are both priced similar to one another and also have very similar performance to offer as well. The RAV4 on the other hand is the costliest but is also the quickest off the line. 

2011 Jeep Compass Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The base engine of the Jeep Compass is pretty frugal due to the low-performance nature and hence returns a pretty solid 25 mpg of combined fuel economy. The more powerful engine is rated for 21/25/23 mpg in city/highway/combined conditions. Opting for the 4WD drivetrain reduces the efficiency by 1 mpg in each aspect for both engines. The biggest caveat here is the surprisingly small 13.6-gallon fuel tank that limits the maximum driving range to just about 350 miles, that too with the more efficient base engine.

Model

Jeep Compass

Ford Escape

Nissan Rogue 

Toyota RAV4 

MPG (City)

23

23

22

22

MPG (Highway)

27

28

28

28

MPG (Combined)

25

25

25

24

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

13.6

17.5

15.9

15.9

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

313 / 367 / 340

403 / 490 / 438

350 / 445 / 398

350 / 445 / 382

Almost all the compact SUVs in this segment are frugal in nature to attract budget-minded buyers. Hence, except for the Toyota RAV4, all the other SUVs here have pretty identical fuel economy figures. Toyota’s RAV4 has a marginally higher fuel consumption. The Ford Escape employs a much larger gas tank which aids it in offering a class-leading driving range, while both the Japanese counterparts have similar ranges due to their identical fuel tank capacities. 

2011 Jeep Compass Interior

8.0/10

The new and improved cabin available this year is a much-needed respite from the rudimentary and cheap one that was on offer with the previous generation model. There is plenty of practicality about the cabin of the Compass, as it offers abundant storage bins and pockets but the overall seat comfort isn’t the greatest and needs a bit of an improvement. The reclining rear seat, premium leather upholstery, and silver interior accents all look particularly good here. 

There is no shortage of space inside the cabin of the 2011 Compass. There is plenty of headroom and legroom on offer for both the front and rear seat occupants. The luggage space at the back though is pretty limited when compared with its rivals and measures only about 22.7 cu-ft which can be extended to a maximum of 53.6 cu-ft by folding down the rear seat. The fold-flat functionality of the front seat allows transporting longer cargo items with relative ease. 

Model

Jeep Compass

Ford Escape

Nissan Rogue 

Toyota RAV4 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

40.7 / 54.6 / 40.6

40.4 / 56.6 / 41.6

40.4 / 55.9 / 42.5

40.8 / 57.1 / 41.8

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.9 / 54.0 / 39.4

39.2 / 55.9 / 35.6

38.3 / 53.6 / 35.3

39.7 / 55.3 / 38.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

22.7

31.4

28.9

36.4

Although all the other SUVs in this segment offer better front legroom, there is no match to the rear seat legroom on offer in the 2011 Jeep Compass. The Toyota RAV4 is the best pick of the lot as it offers abundant space for both the passengers and their luggage. The Ford Escape has a pretty large boot on offer but the cramped rear seat spoils the party. The Nissan Rogue too has a tight rear seat on offer and has a trunk that is marginally smaller than the Escape. 

  • 6-way power driver seat with lumbar adjust
  • Heated front seats with active head restraints
  • 60/40 split reclining rear bench seat
  • Premium leather-trimmed front bucket seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Silver interior accents
  • Automatic climate control
  • Universal garage door opener

How intuitive is the 2011 Jeep Compass SUV’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment system on offer in the 2011 Compass is very pretty basic and rudimentary, to say the least, and hasn’t changed much from the previous version model years. There is a 6-disc CD changer along with satellite radio functionality with its stereo system. The 4-speaker audio system does its job well and isn’t something worth noting but what is worth noting is the optional flip-down tailgate speakers for the ones who love having a bonfire partying in the middle of nowhere. 

  • AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD/DVD/MP3 changer media center
  • SIRIUS satellite radio with a 1-year subscription
  • Audio input jack
  • 4-speaker audio system

2011 Jeep Compass Exterior

7.0/10

After receiving a lot of flak for looking too soft and unlike a traditional Jeep SUV in the past, the 2011 Jeep Compass takes a few cues from its elder sibling the Grand Cherokee and hence now looks attractive and very well proportionate. Although it isn’t a complete overhaul, the softened sheet metal and new front and rear-end styling does add gravitas to the Compass’ styling which might just do the trick for a few prospective buyers. 

Model

Jeep Compass

Ford Escape

Nissan Rogue 

Toyota RAV4 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,081

3,268

3,276

3,360

Length (in)

173.4

174.9

183.3

181.9

Width (in)

69.3

71.1

70.9

71.5

Height (in)

65.2

67.9

65.3

66.3

Ground Clearance (in)

8.1

8.4

8.3

7.5

Wheelbase (in)

103.7

103.1

105.9

104.7

Both the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 are much larger SUVs in this comparison and yet do not match up to the space that is available inside a Compass. The Ford Escape is pretty much similar in terms of dimensions but weighs a lot more than the Compass. Both offer pretty similar ground clearances and so does the Rogue, while the RAV4 rides a bit lower to the ground.

  • Halogen headlamps and Front fog lamps
  • Fold-away heated power mirrors
  • Liftgate door with body-color liftgate applique
  • Body-color grille with chrome accent
  • Bright side roof rails
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels

2011 Jeep Compass Safety

7.5/10

In terms of safety, things do look a bit dicey as there are not many safety features and functions available with the Jeep Compass, but the positive fact is that all the available features are offered as standard. The fact that the NHTSA is yet to crash test the Compass and even the IIHS has rated it average in the limited tests conducted by them for the 2011 model year, will raise a few concerns in the minds of the anxious buyers.

  • Electronic stability program with roll mitigation
  • Driver/front passenger advanced multistage airbags with occupant sensors
  • Front & rear side curtain airbags
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist
  • Tire pressure monitoring display

2011 Jeep Compass Final Verdict

The Jeep Compass has received a much needed mid-life facelift as Jeep has tried to address the long list of shortcomings that the Compass owners and experts had pointed out in the past. And although all these changes do make the 2011 Compass a much more rounded package, it still needs lots of tweaks to bring it on par with the segment standards. Therefore, unless you have a very tight budget or are a fan of the off-road abilities of Jeep, it is better to look elsewhere in the segment. 

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Top User Reviews

4

User Overall Rating

Clutch failed within 100K miles!!

Not reliable as anticipated

by Eitan McKenna

4

User Overall Rating

Troublesome drivetrain

Not a trustworthy SUV

by Tanner Lutz

9

User Overall Rating

My Reliable Compass!

Dependable and Energetic

by Christopher

4

User Overall Rating

midsize SUV lacking refinement

affordable but underpowered Jeep

by Tracy Ellis

6

User Overall Rating

Subpar compact SUV

Compact SUV falling short on practicality.

by Emma Glover

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