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2012 Jeep Compass Trims

Latitude

Avg. Price: $17,487

As the new midlevel trim of the value-laden 2012 Jeep Compass lineup, the Compass Latitude adds a number of standard features over its lesser Sport sibling. Of course, 5-passenger seating and 62.7 total cubic feet of cargo capacity still enhance this compact crossover’s rugged good looks and family-oriented practicality, while 17-inch alloy wheels and a roof rack continue to bolster its outward appeal.

Inside, premium cloth upholstery, heated front seats, reclining rear seats and a fold-flat front passenger seatback come standard, as do remote power door locks, heated power-adjustable outside mirrors and power windows. Meanwhile, a standard tilt-adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel mounts audio and cruise controls, and floor mats in front and rear do their bit for an enhanced convenience factor. Manually adjustable air conditioning, of course, also comes standard, as does an MP3-capable single-CD player with 4 speakers and an auxiliary MP3 input.

Chrysler’s touted UConnect voice-command multimedia system with Bluetooth hands-free technology is optional for the 2012 Compass Latitude, as is a towing package with trailer hitch and wiring. The available Sun and Sound Package flaunts a power sunroof, satellite radio and 9 Boston Acoustics speakers, including a pair of fold-down tailgate-mounted speakers, while the available Media Center 430 boasts a 6.5-inch display, CD/DVD player and 40GB of music storage. Additionally, the Security and Cargo Convenience Group sports an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, security alarm, a universal remote garage door opener and a trip computer, and the available Altitude Package features 18-inch aluminum wheels, performance tires, roof rails and upgraded exterior trim accents.

The variable-valve-timed 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder powerplant remains the standard engine in the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2012 Compass Latitude. Mated with the standard continuously variable-speed transmission (CVT), the four-banger throws down 158 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque, good enough to tow 2,000 pounds when properly equipped, with mileage estimated at 23 mpg city/27 highway.

As with its Sport sibling, the Compass Latitude can be delivered with a 172-hp 2.4-liter I4 powerplant that, when managed by the CVT, puts out 165 lb-ft of torque. Mileage and towing numbers, meantime, remain the same as those for the smaller four-banger.

Noteworthy standard safety features aboard this Jeep crossover include 4-wheel antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front head restraint whiplash protection and front fog/driving lights. Like its Compass kinfolk, the midlevel Latitude can additionally be delivered with optional front side-mounted airbags.

Latitude 4WD

Avg. Price: $19,441

Considering a 4-wheel-drive-equipped, 5-passenger compact crossover that totes a few extra bells and whistles? You might want to look into the 2012 Jeep Compass Latitude 4WD. This midlevel Compass trim, of course, mirrors the handsome profile and 62.7 cubic feet of total cargo area flouted by its siblings, along with standard Freedom Drive I 4-wheel-drive (4WD) traction. This not-quite-ready-for-off-road 4WD system allows cruising in economical front-wheel drive (FWD) under normal conditions and will automatically divert torque from the front wheels to all 4 wheels when the going gets slick. With available crawl-speed gearing added to the standard continuously variable transmission (CVT), terrain-taming becomes a little more doable, however.

Further empowering this little crossover’s profile are 17-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack and heated power-adjustable mirrors, while premium cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a reclining and split-folding rear seat, and a fold-flat front passenger seatback adorn the welcoming cabin. A leather-wrapped tilt-adjustable steering wheel mounts audio and cruise controls, while front and rear floor mats help maintain the altogether pleasant interior ambiance. Manually adjustable air conditioning helps keep things cool, while an MP3-capable single-CD player with 4 speakers pumps out the tunes.

Again, the optional UConnect voice-command multimedia system is bolstered by Bluetooth hands-free technology, while an available trailer-towing package offers a hitch and wiring as well as added engine oil cooling.

Further available packages, meantime, include the Sun and Sound Package with power sunroof, satellite radio and 9 Boston Acoustics speakers, including 2 fold-down liftgate speakers, and the Altitude Package, with 18-inch aluminum wheels, performance tires, roof rails and several upgraded exterior trim pieces. The Media Center 430, meanwhile, includes a 6.5-inch display, single CD/DVD player and 40GB of music storage, while the Security and Cargo Convenience Group offers an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a security alarm, a trip computer and a universal remote garage door opener.

For those with some serious trailblazing adventure on their minds, the Compass Latitude can be delivered with the Freedom Drive Off-Road Group sporting upgraded 4WD with low-range gearing, skid plates, all terrain tires, engine oil cooling, descent control and hill start assist.

Powering the 2012 Compass Latitude 4WD is a 2.4-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) inline 4-cylinder engine that combines with the standard continuously variable transmission for 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. Mileage is a less-than-becoming 20 mpg city/23 highway, and towing capacity remains 2,000 pounds with the proper equipment.

Notable standard safety features aboard this value-laden Jeep crossover include 4-wheel antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, and front head restraint whiplash protection. Additionally, the Latitude 4WD boasts standard front fog/driving lights, with supplemental front side-mounted airbags and a security alarm optional in the Security and Cargo Convenience Group.

Limited

Avg. Price: $19,070

At the top of the 2012 Jeep Compass compact crossover lineup is the handsomely equipped Compass Limited. This top-shelf 5-passenger mini-ute boasts, besides its ruggedly handsome profile and 62.7 cubic feet of total cargo area, 18-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack and heated power-adjustable mirrors outside, and leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, remote power door locks and power windows inside. Also adorning the cabin are a fold-flat front passenger seatback, and reclining and split-folding rear seatbacks. A trip computer and a universal remote garage door opener complement the tilt-adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, while simulated alloy trim further spruces up the cabin. Climate control and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror also come standard in the top-shelf Limited trim, as does an MP3-capable 6-CD changer with 4 speakers and satellite radio.

Options-wise, this compact crossover is again eligible for Chrysler’s UConnect voice-command multimedia system that’s bolstered by Bluetooth technology, as well as a trailer hitch and wiring. The available Media Center 430 Package can also be ordered for the 2012 Compass Limited, and along with its 6.5-inch display and 40GB of music storage, a navigation suite also comes with this package. The available Premium Sound group, meanwhile, flaunts 9 premium speakers, including the popular fold-down pair in the rear liftgate, while the Sun/Sound Group throws in a power sunroof as well. Finally, the Security and Cargo Convenience Group, featuring remote engine start, a soft tonneau cargo cover and a remote USB port, can also be delivered in this high-end trim.

Standard power for the front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) 2012 Compass Limited is a variable-valve-timed (VVT) 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that mates with the standard continuously variable-speed transmission (CVT) for 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. Mileage is a decently economical 23 mpg city/28 highway, while towing is maxed out at 2,000 pounds with the available tow package installed.

Notable standard safety features, finally, include 4-wheel antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, and front head restraint whiplash protection. Front fog/driving lights also come standard, while daytime running lights, supplemental front side-mounted airbags and a security alarm are optional in the Security and Cargo Convenience Group.

Limited 4WD

Avg. Price: $21,044

For those who need a little posh in their 4-wheel-drive-equipped (4WD) compact crossover, Jeep offers its 2012 Compass Limited 4WD. This flagship mini-ute offers a budget-minded family the handsome Jeep profile, adorned with 18-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack and heated power-adjustable mirrors, not to mention 62.7 cubic feet of cargo area with the rear seats folded. Additionally, a fold-flat front passenger seat adds noticeably to useful toting space and is complemented by leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt-adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, and simulated alloy cabin accents. Standard remote power door locks, power windows, a trip computer and a universal remote garage door opener, of course, are again bolstered by climate control and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Entertainment, meantime, is offered via a 6-CD/DVD changer with 4 speakers bolstered by satellite radio.

Options for the top-shelf 2012 Compass Limited 4WD include UConnect voice-command multimedia utilizing Bluetooth hands-free technology, as well as a tow hitch and wiring and all-terrain tires. The available Security and Cargo Convenience Group, meanwhile, offers remote engine start and a soft tonneau cargo cover, while a navigation suite is added to the 6.5-inch display and 40GB music storage offered with the optional Media Center 430. Finally, the available Sun/Sound Package boasts a power sunroof and 9 premium speakers, including a pair of fold-down rear liftgate speakers.

Furthermore, the high-end Limited 4WD remains eligible for the terrain-busting Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group with its enhanced engine and oil pan cooling and upgraded 4WD system starring low-range gearing. Also included in this trail-blazing package are skid plates, descent control and hill start assist, as well as tow hooks and all-terrain tires.

A variable-valve-timed (VVT) 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder powerplant once more gives the 2012 Compass Limited 4WD its go. Managed by the standard continuously variable transmission (CVT), with an optional crawl speed for medium off-road duties, the Limited 4WD puts out 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque, good enough to tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped. Mileage, meanwhile, is estimated at a rather shameful 20 mpg city/23 highway. Finally, the standard Freedom Drive I 4WD system again allows cruising in economical front-wheel drive (FWD) in normal conditions, with torque automatically diverted to all 4 wheels when the going gets tough.

Standard safety equipment aboard this flagship Compass trim includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, and front head restraint whiplash protection. Again, front fog/driving lights remain standard, with supplemental front side-mounted airbags, daytime running lights and a security alarm all offered as options in the available Security and Cargo Convenience Group.

Sport

Avg. Price: $16,596

It’s not bold, brash or luxurious, and it certainly isn’t big, but the 2012 Jeep Compass Sport packs a lot of value on its Dodge-Caliber-based compact crossover frame. Flaunting seating for 5 passengers, as long as the folks in back are small, and able to tote 62.7 total cubic feet of cargo, the front-wheel-drive (FWD) Sport represents the base trim of the lineup. Standard amenities include 17-inch alloy wheels, heated power-adjustable mirrors and a roof rack outside, with premium cloth upholstery, split-folding rear seats, remote power door locks and power windows on the inside. Cruise control, tilt-wheel steering and floor mats front and rear contribute to convenience, and all of this is embraced by manually adjustable air conditioning. Meantime, an MP3-capable single-CD player boasting 4 speakers and an auxiliary MP3 output remains the standard entertainment venue.

Options include UConnect voice-command multimedia manipulation with Bluetooth hands-free technology and satellite radio, as well as an available 6-CD/DVD changer.

Power for this little Jeep comes from a standard 2.0-liter, variable-valve-timed (VVT) inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine. This four-banger melds with a standard 5-speed manual transmission for 158 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque. Mileage is estimated at 23 mpg city/29 highway, while towing is maxed out at 2,000 pounds with the proper equipment. A continuously variable-speed transmission (CVT), tweaked a bit for 2012, and putting out the same engine performance numbers is available to the Compass Sport, with mileage dropping slightly to 23/27.

Again, a 2.4-liter VVT I4 powerplant is also available in the Sport, and, under the management of the 5-speed manual transmission, puts out 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity remains 2,000 pounds, and mileage is estimated at 23/28. Of course, the CVT is again available to manage this peppier four-banger, with mileage numbers estimated at 21/27.

Notable standard safety equipment aboard the 2012 Compass Sport includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. Front fog/driving lights also come standard, with supplemental front side-mounted airbags again offered as an option.

Sport 4WD

Avg. Price: $18,039

For those needing plenty of family-friendly value and utility, plus snow-busting 4-wheel-drive (4WD) capability, the 2012 Jeep Compass Sport 4WD might be just what the doctor ordered. Rugged Jeep good looks, 5-passenger seating and a total cargo area of 62.7 cubic feet are the hallmarks of this compact crossover, as is the economy of cruising in front-wheel drive in normal conditions, while the standard Freedom Drive I 4WD system stands ready to automatically divert torque from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip when things turn slippery.

Standard goodies adorning this car-based mini-ute’s profile include 17-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors. The cabin meantime flaunts remote power door locks and power windows, as well as premium cloth upholstery, cruise control, tilt-wheel steering and floor mats in front and rear. All this is embraced by manually adjustable air conditioning and an MP3-capable single-CD player with 4 speakers and an auxiliary MP3 input. -

Some of the more plebian options for this entry-level trim include UConnect multimedia voice command with Bluetooth technology and satellite radio. A 6-CD/DVD changer is also available, as is an off-road-capable crawl ratio transmission.

An additional option for the Sport 4WD is the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group. Boasting an upgraded 4WD system with low-range gearing as well as all-terrain tires, skid plates, added engine oil cooling, descent control, hill start assist and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, this option gives the Compass Sport 4WD some impressive terrain-taming ability.

Standard power in the 2012 Compass Sport 4WD is a 2.4-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) inline 4-cylinder engine that combines with the standard 5-speed manual transmission for 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. Towing is maxed out at 2,000 pounds, while mileage is estimated at 23 mpg city/28 highway. Again, a tweaked-for-2012 continuously variable transmission (CVT) with optional crawl-speed gear is offered as an option. Power numbers remain the same, but the drop in fuel efficiency works out to a dismal 20/23.

Finally, look for standard safety equipment to include 4-wheel antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, and front head restraint whiplash protection. Front fog/driving lights also come standard, with supplemental front side-mounted airbags optional.