2011 Jeep Compass

Rating7.7

Ranked #6 in Compact Suv

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$19,295 - $25,995

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Key Spec of 2011 Jeep Compass
fuel economy

23/26/29

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

158 hp @ 6400 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Affordable price

Lackluster performance

Updated exterior styling and interior quality

Great fuel efficiency

Limited cargo space

Improved handling dynamics

Spacious cabin

Available Off-Road package

Available flip-down tailgate speakers

Superior off-road capabilities

2011 Jeep Compass Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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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. 

2011 Jeep Compass Latest Updates

  • Jun' 22, 2022 : The 2022 Jeep Compass Earns ‘Top Safety Pick' Award From IIHS Read More »
  • Feb' 18, 2022 : Orders Are Now Open For The 2022 Jeep Compass Altitude Package That Comes At An MSRP Of $1,695 Read More »

Over All Rating

7.7

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7.50
8.00
Notable Rankings

#6 in Compact Suv

#8 in Suv


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Trims

Latitude$19,295 onwards

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

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

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

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2012 Jeep Compass
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2012 Jeep Compass Latitude

Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)

$5,798
Est. $78/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,505 Below market
RMV: $9,303
Montpelier, OH
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2012 Jeep Compass
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2012 Jeep Compass Sport

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

$4,995
Est. $67/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,831 Below market
RMV: $7,826
Dallas, TX
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2011 Jeep Compass
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2011 Jeep Compass Latitude

Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 172 hp 4cyl CVT)

$4,995
Est. $67/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,360 Below market
RMV: $7,355
Fredericksburg, VA
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2011 Jeep Compass
25
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $810024 Jun 2022

2011 Jeep Compass Latitude

Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 172 hp 4cyl CVT)

$7,100
Est. $96/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,124 Below market
RMV: $10,224
Epsom, NH
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2011 Jeep Compass
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2011 Jeep Compass Latitude

Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 172 hp 4cyl CVT)

$4,995
Est. $67/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,981 Below market
RMV: $6,976
Carroll, OH
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2010 Jeep Compass
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2010 Jeep Compass Sport

Sport 4dr Crossover (2.4L 4cyl CVT)

$4,900
Est. $66/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,876 Below market
RMV: $6,776
Radford, VA
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2011 Jeep Compass
25
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $699907 Jul 2022

2011 Jeep Compass Latitude

Latitude 4dr SUV (2.0L 158 hp 4cyl CVT)

$5,999
Est. $81/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,128 Below market
RMV: $8,127
Zion, IL
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2012 Jeep CompassHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $770
Previous Price: $976823 Jun 2022

2012 Jeep Compass Latitude

Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)

$8,998
Est. $122/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,993 Below market
RMV: $11,991
Beaver Falls, PA
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2011 Jeep Compass
25
Price Drop, $1795
Previous Price: $799510 Jun 2022

2011 Jeep Compass Latitude

Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 172 hp 4cyl CVT)

$6,200
Est. $84/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,004 Below market
RMV: $8,204
Stone Park, IL
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Colors and Styles

2011 Jeep Compass in Black Clear Coat color
Black Clear Coat

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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


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. 

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. 

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. 

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
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
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
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. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$25995

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

144 cu in

horse power

172 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

165 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 speed Automatic manual

dimensions
length

173.4 in

wheelbase

103.7 in

width

82 in

curb weight

3325 lbs

Height

65 in

Ground Clearance

8 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

101.3 cu ft

cargo volume

53.6 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

highway range

351.00 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Jeep Compass 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$28,116
5 Year Cost To Own
$43,956
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $43,956
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$8,138$1,601$1,541$1,734$1,640$14,654
Insurance$1,139$1,232$1,243$1,250$1,358$6,222
Fuel$1,858$1,932$2,007$2,037$2,181$10,015
Maintenance$218$852$473$1,496$965$4,004
Repairs$-17$44$154$288$510$979
Financing Interest$1,790$1,419$1,067$611$238$5,125
Taxes and Fees$2,355$159$129$159$155$2,957
Total Cost-To-Own$15,481$7,239$6,614$7,575$7,047$43,956
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