The 2007 Jeep Compass in a basic configuration will cost less than $16,000. That is including a $560 destination charge!
Seems that the beleaguered Chrysler Group has finally decided to start a little price war against its main competitors in the niche of compact crossover SUVs: the American Ford Escape, Japanese Honda CR-V and the Korean Hyundai Tucson.
Sporting a controversial, to say the least, exterior design and not particularly attractive interior with lots of cheap, awkwardly formed plastic, the car doesn’t look particularly desirable even when compared to the Tucson.
Trying to make the car more popular among the younger, always cash-strapped audience, the American brand tries to make the car more interesting offering more value for less money.
Give Chrysler $16,000 and in return you will get an agile and dynamic front-wheel drive compact SUV, which is powered by a standard 172hp World Engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Free yourself from $1,800 more and Chrysler will ship you a Jeep Compass 4?4.
The 4WD version will offer you decent off-road capabilities thanks to its locking differential that allows to transfer up to 60 percent of power to the rear wheels.
The design may be especially handy when you front wheels stuck in the mud or spin helplessly on a patch of ice.
Both trims come with such standard safety equipment as side-curtain airbags, ESP, ABS and traction control. An AM/FM CD radio, vinyl load floor and cloth seats also included.
Unfortunately, such necessities as six-disc CD player, SIRIUS satellite radio, power windows and speed control come only as options.
Those who can afford to pay $18,585 and $20,185 for a little bit more advanced models, can order an “E” Package that includes power mirrors, drivers power windows, remote keyless entry, air conditioning and some more things that make driver’s life not so miserable.
A “Limited” trim package is so far the most expensive in the line-up. According to the brand, the two-wheel drive Jeep Compass Limited version will cost you $20,140 and price for the Limited 4×4 starts at $21,740.
These trims, too, feature leather-trimmed bucket heated seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls and speed control.
There are also 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in all-season performance tires and driver lumbar support. Frankly, I can’t really see how this car with its unimpressive exterior, mediocre drive quality, and fairly standard list of features would be able to hold its ground against such less expensive contenders as, say, Hyundai Tucson, save for the legendary logo on its hood and rear hatch.
2007 Jeep Compass SUV technical specification
Body Type: 5-door SUV
Layout: front engine, 4WD
Engine: 172 hp @ 6000 rpm, 165 lb-ft (223 Nm) of torque, 2.4-liter
Transmission: Automatic, 5-Speed or optional CVT2 with the AutoStick system
Top Speed: N/A
0 – 62 mph: 10 seconds
Fuel Economy EPA city / highway cycle mpg (l/100 km): 25 / 29 (9.4 / 8.1)
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/WB) inches (mm): 173.4 / 69.3 / 65.2 / 103.7
Ground clearance: 8.1
Track (frt/rr): 59.8 / 59.8 in
Approach Angle (degrees): 21.1
Breakover Angle (degrees): 21.0
Departure Angle (degrees): 32.0
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 35.6
Curb Weight: 3326 lbs
Coefficient of Drag (Cx): N/A
Seating Capacity: 5 (2/3)
Cargo capacity: rear seat down (cu ft): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): 2000 lbs
Direct Competitors: Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4
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