in 2012 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $15,207 - $18,792
Original MSRP: $19,295 - $26,045
MPG: 23 City / 29 Hwy
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2012 Jeep Compass Interior

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The interior in the 2012 Jeep Compass isn’t the best among affordable compact SUVs, but it is decent for the class. The cabin quality is typical of an SUV in this price range, and there is good legroom, but the Compass lacks upscale standard features that competitors have, like a USB port.

  • "Cabin decor is in step with class competitors, with decent plastics, soft-touch surfaces, and a reasonably solid feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Besides the engine, noise in the passenger compartment is well dampened." -- Motor Trend


According to reviewers, the 2012 Jeep Compass doesn’t have the most comfortable seats in the class, but they should be suitable for most adults. The front and back seats have plenty of legroom, and there’s even a good amount of front-seat headroom. Some test drivers say, however, that you may encounter some problems with outward visibility. Cloth seats are standard on the Compass, heated cloth seats come with the Latitude trim and the Limited model has leather-trimmed bucket seats and a six-way power-adjustable driver seat.

  • "The interior otherwise is the same, with good outward visibility, decent cargo space, and cramped rear seats." -- Motor Trend
  • "Headroom is generous. High-mounted seats expand the available legroom. The driver seat is height adjustable on most versions, but it still didn't create ideal positioning for all our testers." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Reviewers say the 2012 Jeep Compass’ interior is typical of the class because it has its fair share of cheap materials. While the interior may not appeal to shoppers looking for upscale amenities at an affordable price, reviews find that the interior controls are easy to read and use, which is a rare comment as interior tech becomes more complicated.

The base Compass comes with an AM/FM/CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack. The Latitude trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls, and the top-of-the-line Limited trim comes with satellite radio and an AM/FM/six-CD/DVD stereo with an auxiliary input jack.

  • "The gauges are easy to read. Large, simple audio and climate controls are within easy reach, though the manual-transmission shift lever can block access to climate dials. Available rear-facing fold-down speakers in the liftgate are a picnic plus." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Once those shoppers get behind the wheel … there are a variety of soft-touch plastics and trim pieces adorning the cabin as well as better noise insulation." -- Automobile Magazine


The Compass only has 22.7 cubic feet with the seats up and 53.6 cubic feet with them down. The Jeep Liberty, which is also an off-road vehicle, has more cargo space. The Compass doesn’t have a lot of interior cubbies, but the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are better-suited for buyers who need additional storage.

  • "Compass's cargo area is enhanced by an available flat-folding front-passenger seat. The rear seat backs fold completely flat. Open hatch barely clears the head of 6-footers. Interior storage is OK, but the door map pockets are too small to be really useful." -- Consumer Guide

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