Consumers have shown a definite penchant for smaller, more fuel-efficient crossover utility vehicles, which bodes well for the 2009 Jeep Compass. A rack- and-pinion steering system — the largest and strongest ever used on a Ford vehicle — was engineered to provide excellent steering response. Cargo capacity ranges from 22. Seen in this light, the compact Compass' fuel economy numbers look very respectable. All controls and switchgear are straightforward in design and easy to reach.
And there are just enough styling features front end, trapezoidal wheel flares to identify it as a Jeep. A high, beveled beltline and trapezoidal wheel openings add an updated take on traditional Jeep design. Other stand alone options include Freedom Drive 1 four-wheel-drive system, 2. With a maximum tow rating of 10,500 pounds when properly equipped and maximum payload capacity of 3,050 pounds, the F-150 is the most capable full-size pickup under 8,500 pounds. Ford also has upgraded the F-150 line for 2007 with a long list of new options, features and equipment, including a tire pressure monitoring system, enhanced seats, new factory-installed accessories and new colors.
The Hotchkiss-design rear suspension has been optimized with rear shock absorbers placed outboard of the frame rails — a segment exclusive — for a smoother ride and improved control of body lean. Safety and Security The strong hydroformed front frame rails are built to help manage crash forces. The available Boston Acoustics premium sound system nine speakers, 458 watts includes a pair of speakers mounted on the lift gate that do dual duty; open the hatch and you can swing down the speakers to provide the soundtrack to your next tailgate party. The 2009 Jeep Compass is offered in Sport and Limited models; in both trim levels, front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optionally available. In the ever-expanding compact crossover category, the Compass faces a significant amount of competition, some of it from within its own family.
Sharing much of its mechanicals with the Jeep Patriot, the four-cylinder Compass is designed for buyers who seek on-road comfort and convenience with a dash of Jeep off-road heritage Jeep purists will likely find more to like in the Patriot, with its more traditional Jeep styling and off-road abilities. The 2009 Jeep Compass is offered with a 2. The seven-slot grille, clamshell hood and round headlamps immediately mark the Compass as part of the Jeep clan. Limited models add more power and luxury features including leather-trimmed heated front seats and the uconnect tunes audio system which includes a 30 gigabyte hard drive. A chrome bug shield and chrome slip-on exhaust tip are two new factory-ordered accessories available on all models, in addition to a marine carpet bed rug.
The upper end of the Compass price range is fairly close to the entry level of three established crossovers: , and. The technology produces a seamless and consistent engine response, improved fuel economy and enhanced integration of vehicle systems, such as the transmission, variable camshaft timing, vehicle speed control and idle speed control. All models feature an upscale two-tone instrument panel. Though it's offered in both front and all-wheel-drive models, Jeep expects many buyers to opt for all-wheel drive, especially in snow-belt states. All cabs feature four doors for easy access. Inside, F-150 boasts passenger comfort and head-turning style. Segment-first torque-based electronic throttle control uses driver input from the accelerator pedal to actively modulate the torque at the drive wheels.
Count the Compass as in the latter category, compact division. On dry pavement, it channels up to 100 percent of available engine power through the front wheels, but it is continuously variable in response to driving conditions and, when needed, can direct as much as 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels. Both 4×2 and 4×4 models use coil-on-shock, long-spindle, double-wishbone front suspension. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels in place of 17-inchers are also standard on Limited. It delivers 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 365 pound-feet of torque at 3,750 rpm. Timing may not be everything, but it certainly counts for something.
Engineering advances in the F-150 lead to exceptional handling, ride and quietness. To see what consumers are currently paying for Jeep Compass models in your area, we suggest you click on the Fair Purchase Prices link. The body tells you that this is a car-based, street-oriented vehicle not a truck-based off-roader. Cousin to Dodge's Caliber, the Compass shares many of the interesting interior options available in the Caliber. Drivers must deal with rear quarter blind spots created by the wide rear pillars. In an impact, these areas of the frame are designed to collapse in an accordion fashion, dissipating energy before it reaches the passenger compartment. The fully boxed frame with hydroformed front rails is the strongest in its class and reduces shake and shudder on rough roads.
The F-150 offers the industry-first modular overhead rail system that allows owners to customize interior storage options to suit their individual needs. . The 2009 Jeep Compass design hits a nice note, closer to the former than the latter. It is built in Norfolk, Va. The seats are cloth in the Sport and leather-trimmed in the Limited version. The 2009 Jeep Compass is close kin to the Dodge Caliber, and the two vehicles share the same basic shape, with a laid-back windshield and a curving roofline. The bold front end conveys strength with quad-circle-styled headlamps, designed in clusters, and incorporates a wrap-around fascia treatment that communicates refined sophistication and precision.
With the manual transmission, steep grades may require downshifting to maintain speed. A flex-fuel version that can use up to 85 percent ethanol is also available. Four-wheel, vented-disc, anti-lock brakes are standard. Ford F-150 sets the industry standard for toughness, strength, safety, interior spaciousness, refinement, driving dynamics, stability, functionality, cargo capacity, comfort and style. Jeep describes its designs as falling into two categories: Jeep Classic and Jeep Modern.
Jeep's variation on the theme starts with a familiar face. The suspension reduces unsprung weight to help provide better ride and stability on choppy, broken surfaces. The engine is a little loud at full throttle and, as with any small displacement engine, passing takes planning. The 172-horsepower engine works well in the Compass platform and returns above-average gas mileage. Jeep's Freedom Drive I is a full-time, fully-automatic all-wheel drive system, requiring no input from the driver. The floor shifter, another F-150 first, is a sophisticated design, detailed in warm steel and chrome.