Used 2012 Jeep Compass SUV

2012 Jeep Compass
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2012 Jeep Compass

Pros

  • Low price
  • reasonably capable off-road when properly equipped
  • available flip-down tailgate speakers.

Cons

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • disappointing fuel economy
  • limited cargo space compared to rivals.

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Jeep Compass 2012 Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
85,832 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Latitude
(5)
Koons Tysons Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
15.7 mi away
List$9,888
Est.Loan: $185/mo
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2012 Jeep Compass Latitude Steering Wheel Mounted Controls Automatic Transmission Versatile 4X4 System 17' x 6.5' Aluminum Wheels Heated door mirrors Heated front seats Quick Order Package 26B Radio: Media Center 130 CD/MP3 Remote keyless entry Remote Start System 4WD 2.4L I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov
Jeep Compass 2012 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
110,568 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Sport
Certified Car Center
16.1 mi away
List$7,965
Est.Loan: $149/mo
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$219 Below Market
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HERE IS THAT FULL SIZE SUPER SOUGHT AFTER 2012 JEEP COMPASS SPORT 4WD  ONE OWNER SUV YOU MUST HAVE.  THE MOST RELIABLE  OF ITS CLASS.  THIS JEEP COMPASS  IS IN GREAT SHAPE INSIDE AND OUT LOADED WITH;**ONE OWNER** **ALLOY WHEELS** **AUX JACK** **WARRANTY** AND MORE.  VA INSPECTED CARFAX CERTIFIED SERVICED  BACKED BY WARRANTY AND PRICED TO SELL PLUS $395 PROCESSING FEE. Open Mon-Sat 10:00 to 7:30 PM and Sundays 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Internet Prices are based on cash or cashier's check. Our Internet price does not include a $395 Processing fee Tags title and FINANCE FEES!
Jeep Compass 2012 Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
117,113 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Sport
(1)
Manassas Motors
18.7 mi away
List$6,877
Est.Loan: $129/mo
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Jeep Compass 2012 Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
109,269 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Sport
(2)
Vehicle Wish Auto Sales
25.2 mi away
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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*One Owner* 2012 Jeep Compass with an available *Extended Warranty*
Jeep Compass 2012 Latitude 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
64,050 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Latitude
(3)
SMH Auto Sales
27.1 mi away
List$10,500
Est.Loan: $196/mo
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Jeep Compass 2012 Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
34,772 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Sport
Pasadena Pre-Owned
51.4 mi away
List$11,765
Est.Loan: $220/mo
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Like new! Great SUV at a GREAT value! The interior is spotless throughout this whole Jeep! Convenient technologies and VERY LOW MILES too with only 34K! There is tons of leg room and trunk space for the whole family too, Snow or shine this Jeep will get the whole family home. Come in or call us today!
Jeep Compass 2012 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
77,312 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Sport
Thornton Automotive
78.2 mi away
List$10,955
Est.Loan: $205/mo
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Jeep Compass 2012 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
66,121 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Sport
CarMax
95.7 mi away
List$12,998
Est.Loan: $243/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NC, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in VA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Jeep Compass 2012 Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
62,076 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Latitude
(30)
Lindsay Manassas Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
17.6 mi away
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Jeep Compass 2012 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
71,459 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Sport
Hoffman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
41.8 mi away
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Jeep Compass 2012 Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
109,148 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Latitude
Nissan of Lexington Park
74.9 mi away
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Jeep Compass 2012 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
52,473 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Sport
Bill Bender Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
82.6 mi away
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Jeep Compass 2012 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
85,346 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Sport
(7)
Hertrich Chevrolet
90 mi away
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Jeep Compass 2012 Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
58,078 miles
Used 2012
Jeep Compass
Latitude
Jeff D'Ambrosio Oxford Mitsubishi
95.1 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 Jeep Compass is one of the most affordable off-road-capable vehicles on the market, but it's still not as refined as many of its compact SUV competitors.

vehicle overview

Compared to its two-dozen competitors, the 2012 Jeep Compass is a compact crossover that continues to search for its direction. Built on the same car-based underpinnings as the Dodge Caliber, the Compass has always seemed to be caught between two worlds. The homely little trucklette was neither refined enough to compete with suburban runabouts like the Honda CR-V in everyday driving, nor rugged enough for serious off-road escapades.

Last year's makeover certainly improved the Compass, starting with a more handsome look reminiscent of the brand's Grand Cherokee flagship. Better quality materials in a few key areas also helped mitigate the interior's cut-rate feel. Finally, the addition of an available Off-Road option package gave it increased four-wheeling potential with an inch of additional ground clearance, all-terrain tires, skid plates and a four-wheel-drive system with low-range gearing.

Taken together, all these changes have helped the 2012 Jeep Compass chart a course toward the heart of the crowded compact crossover segment. However, that doesn't mean it's reached its destination, as it's still far from being on even footing with the best small SUVs on the market. Notable weaknesses remain, including lackluster powertrains that fall short in terms of acceleration, fuel economy and overall refinement.

As such, we'd recommend checking out the Compass' many competitors. If it's true off-road capability you're after, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler and 2012 Nissan Xterra are worth a look. For around-town use, the 2012 Honda CR-V, 2012 GMC Terrain, 2012 Kia Sportage and 2012 Subaru Forester (just to name a few) all offer all-wheel drive for increased traction in bad weather with much better handling, performance and refinement in everyday driving.

2012 Jeep Compass configurations

The 2012 Jeep Compass is a five-passenger compact SUV that's offered in three new trim levels: Sport, Latitude and Limited.

Standard equipment on the entry-level Sport model includes 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated mirrors, roof rails, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a tilt-only steering wheel and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

Stepping up to the midrange Latitude model gets you heated front seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a reclining rear seat, a household-style 115-volt auxiliary power point and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

The top-of-the-line Limited trim level adds the larger 2.4-liter engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer, satellite radio and a six-CD changer.

The Latitude and Limited models are available with a number of different packages. The Security and Cargo Convenience Group adds front seat side-impact airbags (available separately on Sport), a cargo cover, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer, remote ignition (not available with manual transmission), a USB audio jack and Bluetooth (available separately on all trim levels). The Sun and Sound Group includes a sunroof and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system (available separately) with two speakers that flip down from the raised liftgate. The Media Center 430 option adds a touchscreen interface, digital music storage and a USB audio jack. A navigation system with real-time traffic and other information can be added to this on the Limited trim.

The Freedom-Drive II Off-Road Group available on all trims with four-wheel drive includes an upgraded four-wheel-drive system, a low-range mode for the transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, skid plates, tow hooks, an engine oil cooler, hill descent control, hill start assist, and on the Sport, a height-adjustable driver seat.

2012 Highlights

For 2012, the Jeep Compass is now available in three different trim levels. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) has also been recalibrated for better performance.

Performance & mpg

Every front-wheel-drive 2012 Jeep Compass Sport and Latitude model comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the Sport. A CVT is optional on the Sport and standard on the Latitude. Fuel economy estimates range from 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined with the manual to 23/27/24 with the CVT.

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque is standard on the Limited and all four-wheel-drive Compasses. It is optional on the others. The transmission choices are the same as with the 2.0-liter, with the Limited getting the CVT standard. Fuel economy ranges from a decent 23/28/25 with the manual and front-wheel drive to a pretty dismal 20/23/21 with the CVT and four-wheel drive.

Front-wheel drive is standard across the Compass lineup. Of the two available four-wheel-drive options, the light-duty "Freedom Drive I" system operates in front-wheel-drive mode under normal conditions and automatically sends power to the rear wheels only when needed. The "Freedom Drive II" Off-Road package includes a low-range mode for the CVT that makes it much more capable on the trail.

In Edmunds testing, a four-wheel-drive (Freedom Drive I) Compass with the 2.4-liter engine and CVT accelerated to 60 mph from a standstill in a leisurely 10.3 seconds. Properly equipped, the Compass can tow trailers up to 2,000 pounds.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2012 Jeep Compass include stability control with a rollover sensor, full-length side curtain airbags and traction control. Antilock brakes are standard on every Compass; however, the front-wheel-drive Sport and Latitude come with rear drums whereas the other trims get rear discs. Front-seat side-impact airbags are optional.

In Edmunds brake testing, a four-wheel-drive Compass Limited came to a stop from 60 mph in 120 feet.

Driving

When it comes to drivability, the 2012 Jeep Compass' performance is hampered by its powertrains. Even the larger 2.4-liter four-cylinder delivers lackluster acceleration, especially when mated to the noisy CVT. The suspension gives the trucklette ride and handling qualities that are just passable. Together, these shortcomings lead us to suggest that potential buyers carefully compare its road manners with some of the better car-based crossovers out there before signing on the dotted line. Should you be looking for some off-roading potential, the Nissan Xterra would be a more capable choice.

Interior

The passenger cabin of the 2012 Jeep Compass received a minor makeover last year and now sports better-quality materials in key spots like the front doors and the armrest between the front seats. Still, the Compass still feels a bit downmarket compared to its many rivals. Also, the front seats still aren't all that comfortable and legroom is scarce for rear seat passengers.

The interior does have a couple of neat features including a rechargeable LED cargo light that pops out for use as a flashlight, and optional speakers that flip down and out from the raised liftgate to play tunes during your tailgate party.

However, tailgaters will find that the cargo hold is on the small side, with 22.7 cubic feet of space behind the 60/40-split rear seats, and it expands to just 53.6 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded down. This is only a little less than in smaller compact crossovers like the Kia Sportage, but bigger ones like the CR-V and Forester top 70 cubic feet.


Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Love My Compass!
polarbare49,06/15/2012
After doing 4 months of extensive research on various small SUVs, the Compass Lattitude 4x4 proved to be the best value for my dollar. Love the new 'baby Grand Cherokee' design. Decent gas mileage with surprisingly more power than I was lead to believe from reading the expert reviews. Handles like a car but still has the solid build of a Jeep SUV. All in all, IMHO, beats the Rav4,
Fits my needs perfectly
wmillonig,05/26/2012
After 2 months and 2k miles, am ready to give you observations. They're almost all good, I've been been very happy so far. Fit & Finish is fine and I've had no issues at all during the break-in period. I chose this over a comparably equipped 2012 Ford Escape. Would I buy another someday? Probably, but if they gave it better thigh support? Definitely!!
Try it for yourself
snowman54,01/12/2013
If i had made my decision soley on edmunds review i would not own a compass. totally satisfied plenty of power if you want more buy a 8 cylinder.i got 26 mpg on the highway cruising at 70 mph drove 400 miles my first trip comfort was excellent.my wife loves it
Great small family vehicle
ek900,08/27/2012
The birth of our son got the clock ticking on my wife's Mini Cooper, and about a month ago, we traded it on a Jeep Compass Sport (FWD, 5spd., 2.4L engine). While the Jeep was a great value, it really compares well to similarly-sized SUVs (Ford Escape, Subaru Forrester). It isn't a performance vehicle, but some of its features are really well thought out. The rear cargo light/flashlight has already come in handy, and the two-level storage in the armrest is very nice. It also also has done very well with gas. We've averaged over 26 mpg for the first 2,000 miles, better than we expected. This little Jeep is not the most refined car we've ever owned, but it is an impressive package.
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Features & Specs

MPG
21 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
172 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
23 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
158 hp @ 6400 rpm
MPG
22 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
172 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
23 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
158 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover18.5%

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Used 2012 Jeep Compass SUV Overview

The Used 2012 Jeep Compass SUV is offered in the following styles: Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M), Latitude 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT), and Limited 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT).

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