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in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $13,677 - $18,210
Original MSRP: $19,295 - $25,995
MPG: 23 City / 27 Hwy
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2011 Jeep Compass Interior

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The interior on the 2011 Jeep Compass isn’t the best among affordable compact SUVs, but there have been a few improvements for the 2011 model year. For starters, the cabin has more soft-touch plastics, which make it feel and look a tad more expensive than it did last year. It also gets features like standard steering wheel mounted controls and Jeep’s optional Uconnect system which combines SIRIUS Satellite Radio, navigation, an audio system and Bluetooth into one interface.

While these are definitely improvements, the interior isn’t perfect. Maxing out at 53.6 cubic feet, the cargo area is small for the class, and the rear seats are cramped.

  • "Inside, things are better still. In the you're-going-to-touch-this-everyday-so-you-better-like-it department is a new, thick-rimmed steering wheel with integrated radio, cruise control and hands-free phone controls. It makes a difference. It's so good, in fact, that it makes us forget that this very same Compass once had a noodly, circular scrap of rawhide plastic with which to manage directional changes. New materials on the door panel and a new armrest go a long way toward improving the otherwise unchanged interior as well." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Automotive journalists haven’t said much about the 2011 Jeep Compass’ front and back seats, but they do mention that like the 2010 Compass, the rear row is still cramped.

  • "The interior otherwise is the same, with good outward visibility, decent cargo space, and cramped rear seats." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

Previously, reviewers scorned Jeep Compass’s interior because it looked and felt cheap. For 2011 Jeep improved the cabin, and while reviewers say that the interior is better, it still hangs at the bottom of the class in terms of quality. The Compass’s list of improvements includes a nice steering wheel and more soft-touch plastics.

The base Compass comes with a center console, a removable and rechargeable reading lamp, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, a basic audio system with an auxiliary input jack, a tilt steering wheel with integrated controls and power door locks and windows. Uconnect, Jeep’s technology system that integrates navigation, SIRIUS satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity, is optional on all models.

  • "There's also an iPod interface and optional AM/FM/CD/DVD audio system with a 30GB hard disc drive. Navigation is available only on Limited styles. We weren't expecting such minor changes to elevate the whole interior of the Compass, but they do. It's not quite a mini-Grand Cherokee, but it's not the penalty box it once was either." -- Edmunds
  • "Once those shoppers get behind the wheel (a much nicer steering wheel, we might add) there are a variety of soft-touch plastics and trim pieces adorning the cabin as well as better noise insulation." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The mildly updated cabin has been augmented by new seat cloth and some soft-touch materials on armrests and such, and nav-equipped models get updated software with easy-to-use Garmin-based navigation." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

During the Compass’s redesign, Jeep failed to improve one thing: cargo capacity. Like the previous model, the 2011 Compass, has only 22.7 cubic feet with the seats up and 53.6 cubic feet with them down.

The Toyota RAV-4 and the Honda CR-V have the most space in the class -- 36.4/73 and 35.7/72.9 cubic feet, respectively, with the seats up and down. You’ll also pay nearly $22,000 for either model. If you’re looking for something more rugged, try the GMC Terrain. It has 31.6 cubes with the seats up and 63.9 with the seats down. However, it’s more expensive and starts at $24,250.

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