2012 Jeep Compass Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Mineral Gray Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,492 - $12,207
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
20 City / 23 HWY
Horsepower
158-172
Seats
5

How 2012 Jeep Compass Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

2.4 Overall Score
Performance 2.5Comfort 3.1Styling 2.2Value 2.5

Editor's Overview

The 2012 Jeep Compass is the more road-going alternative to its entry-level stablemate, the Jeep Patriot. Based on the Dodge Caliber, the Compass is a suitable daily driving companion due to its nimble driving characteristics, clever ergonomics and a user-friendly Garmin navigation system.

Jeep Compass Models & Trims

Latitude $9,603 - $11,352
Horsepower: 158 hp - 172 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Sport $8,492 - $10,219
Horsepower: 158 hp - 172 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Limited $10,408 - $12,207
Horsepower: 172 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.05

The blinker will shut off even if you turn the wheel slightly in either direction

Love the style and look of it, love the color, the sunroof and how it rides. Don't like the fact that the paint bubbles and is starting to rust already in spots. Like that it is four wheel drive and the leather wrapped steering wheel. Hate the fact that when I put the blinker on one way, even if I turn the steering wheel to go around a curve (even the opposite way of what I am turning) the blinker goes off. Like the section in front of the passenger which is left open without a cover so I can put stuff there, such as Kleenex

Sherry L
Helpful

The one most important thing I would point out is the safety of the vehicle. The vehicle is well made but to be careful with the blind spots.

I like how spacious and comfortable the seats are (leg and arm room). It is the perfect size to pack for traveling (road trips/camping). I feel safe in the car as I've been able to avoid accidents with use of the brake system and a couple of occasions had to quickly maneuver to avoid a car hitting me. My one main concern are blind spots when making a left/right turn. Extra caution when changing lanes due to blind spots. I do wish there was a moon roof/sun roof. Overall I really love the simplicity and safety of the vehicle.

Athena Z
Helpful

The car is very easy to drive and maneuver about on highways and interstates.

The 2012 Jeep compass is a compact SUV that in my opinion is perfect for first time drivers. The car does have a few blind spots but learning where those spots are just makes you learn to be a better driver and more cautious on the road. I have had my Jeep for almost three years and to this day I still love it. I have had no real problems out of it and even though it is a compact SUV there is quite a lot of room in the car.

Abby C
Helpful

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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$9,603 - $11,352
$8,492 - $10,219

Horsepower

Horsepower
158 - 172 (hp)
158 - 172 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.4L DOHC 16V I4 dual, 2.4L DOHC 16V I4 DUAL
2.4L DOHC 16V I4 dual, 2.4L DOHC 16V I4 DUAL
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Not Available

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Not Available

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.6 (in.)
40.6 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.7 (in.)
40.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.4 (in.)
39.4 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.9 (in.)
39.9 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Not Available

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Standard
Not Available

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/65R17
P215/65R17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.7 (in.)
103.7 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.6 - 37.2 (ft.)
35.6 - 37.2 (ft.)

Length

Length
173.4 (in.)
173.4 (in.)

Width

Width
69.3 (in.)
69.3 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3082 - 3247 (.lbs)
3082 - 3247 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
172 (hp)
172 (hp)

Torque

Torque
165 (ft. lbs.)
165 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
100 - 200 (.lbs)
100 - 200 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
4 Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.5 (gal.)
13.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
23 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

City

City
21 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
25 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Optional
Optional

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
Standard
Optional
Optional
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Not Available
Side
Not Available
Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
N/A
Side
G
Roof Strength
N/A
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes *
  • Anti-lock front disc brakes/rear drum brakes *
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic stability program w/roll mitigation *
  • Next gen driver/front passenger advanced multistage airbags -inc: occupant sensors
  • Front & rear side curtain airbags
  • Front height adjust seat belts
  • Front passenger seat belt alert
  • Tire pressure monitoring warning *
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Tire pressure monitoring display

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

‌Overall
Mechanical
Powertrain Quality
Body & Interior Design
‌Features
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best

Safety Recalls (4)

Fuel System, Gasoline Apr 3, 2013
Report Receipt Date:
Apr 3, 2013
NHTSA Campaign:
13V120000
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass vehicles manufactured October 18, 2011, through May 7, 2012. Due to an incorrectly manufactured transfer tube, the transfer of fuel from the secondary side to the primary side of the fuel tank may be interrupted, causing the engine to stall.
Consequence:
If the engine stalls while driving it may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank transfer tube free of charge. An interim letter was mailed to owners on May 30, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N17.
Air Bags , Electrical System , Seat Belts Jun 4, 2013
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 4, 2013
NHTSA Campaign:
13V233000
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles manufactured May 6, 2008, through July 20, 2012. The affected vehicles have a software error which may result in a delayed deployment or non-deployment of the seatbelt pre-tensioners and/or side airbags.
Consequence:
In the event of a rollover necessitating airbag deployment, the software error can lead to a delayed deployment or non-deployment of the side curtain airbag and/or seatbelt pre-tensioners. As a result, vehicle occupants have an increased risk of injury in a crash.
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will correct the software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall number is N01.
Fuel System, Gasoline > Storage > Tank Assembly Apr 2, 2012
Report Receipt Date:
Apr 2, 2012
NHTSA Campaign:
12V142000
Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 JEEP PATRIOT AND COMPASS VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM DECEMBER 17, 2011, THROUGH JANUARY 2, 2012. SOME VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH A FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY CONTAINING A DAMAGED ROLL-OVER VALVE.
Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF AN IMPACT OR ROLL-OVER, FUEL LEAKAGE COULD OCCUR, INCREASING THE RISK OF A FIRE.
Remedy:
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL TANK, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
Seat Belts, Air Bags Sep 15, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 15, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V668000
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Chrysler 200, 2010 Chrysler Sebring, 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber and 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot, Compass and Dodge Avenger vehicles. The Occupant Restraint Control (OCR) module may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags, seat belt pretensioners, and side air bags from deploying in the event of a crash.
Consequence:
If the frontal air bags, seat belt pretensioners, and side air bags are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a vehicle crash that necessitates deployment of these safety systems.
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the OCR, free of charge. Interim letters informing owners that parts are not available yet were mailed on October 26, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available in June 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is S61.

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