September 13, 2007
Like its platform sibling, the Dodge Caliber, the Jeep Compass can be had with an optional audio system with flip-down speakers mounted in the liftgate. When the speaker box is lowered (pictured), the speakers point directly outwards.
It might seem gimmicky. And maybe it is.
But editor James Riswick and I field-tested the system and, yes, the sound is both louder and clearer for bystanders when the speaker box is lowered. Now you can even further annoy other tailgaters as you endlessly loop Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll Part II" song.
Actual audio quality of the Compass' system, in case you're wondering, is pretty good. The 368-watt Boston Acoustics system has two tweeters in the dash, a 6x9-inch speaker in each door, a cargo area-mounted subwoofer and two 3.5-inch speakers in the rear liftgate's flip-down box.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
August 31, 2007
Our Magellan Maestro 4050 navigation system has made a voyage to our Jeep Compass. With its crisp graphics and easy-to-use software, I've finally found something about the Compass I like. I didn't get to try out all the bells and whistles, but it did get me home from an afternoon appointment. When I disagreed with its set course, it quickly recalculated without fuss.
I especially like how you can remove it from its cradle for programming. Many windshields are pretty far away (the Compass' especially), so the ability to hold the thin unit in your hand and type in an address like you're using some sort of Star Trek gizmo is pretty nifty. It sure beats leaning over the dash trying to poke at some distant screen. If I had one request it would be to make switching to North-up orientation easier.
Also, is it strange that the Jeep Compass doesn't come standard with a compass? (It comes in the Premium Sound Group) I know the Jeep Patriot doesn't come with Tom Brady riding shotgun, but I feel Jeep dropped the ball with that one.
James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 9,386 miles
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