2007 Jeep Compass Review
This review was written when the 2007 Jeep Compass was new.
The all-new Compass offers a great price tag as an entry-level crossover, but if you're willing to pay a little extra, you can find higher quality craftsmanship and sportier performance elsewhere. If you are in the market for an affordable compact SUV, you might also want to consider the value-priced Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage or the highly- rated Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
New for 2007, the Jeep Compass is built on the same platform as the Dodge Caliber hatchback wagon. The Compass is Jeep's first foray into the crossover segment, and lacks typical Jeep off-roading capabilities. The calls it "the Jeep for people who don't want Jeeps." Most experts consider the Compass to be a decent option for around-town driving, especially given the low sticker price. Many, however, also recommend that SUV shoppers are better off looking at other options in the competitive compact SUV class. Edmunds explains that while its "low price, unusual styling and interesting features are compelling at a glance ... its weak engine and cut-rate interior materials pose a significant liability." Car and Driver is also damning: "The name says Jeep, but the vibe says cheap. Forget about the Halls of Montezuma -- the Compass is about the malls of Petaluma."
Despite value pricing, Cars.com finds it "hard to justify the Compass to a real-world buyer." IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Jeep Compass a rating of "average" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership compared with other cars in its class.