The Jeep Compass is a great compact SUV for doing everything that a Jeep is known for doing. But like any other model, the Compass has had some good years and some bad years. So, if you’re looking for a Compass to buy, be sure to absolutely avoid this particular model year of the Compass.
The 2007 Jeep Compass
According to Car Complaints, the 2007 Compass was by far the worst model year for this Jeep SUV. It makes sense too, as 2007 was the very first model year of the Compass. And, like many things in life, Jeep’s first attempt at the Compass wasn’t a perfect one. The 2007 Compass suffered from many problems, and that’s why Car Complaints said that it was the Compass’s worst model year.
While the 2007 Compass didn’t suffer from the notorious Death Wobble that other Jeep models suffered from, the Compass still had suspension issues. The most common problem on the 2007 Compass, according to owners of the SUV on Car Complaints, had to do with the Compass’s control arm. This issue cost owners on average almost $700 to fix.
Another common and costly problem had to do with the 2007 Compass’s electronics. Its TIPM, or Totally Integrated Power Module, would simply fail at times. The most common way to fix this issue was to simply replace the TIPM. However, that cost owners a lot of money, as on average, a TIPM replacement costs $1,700.
But, one of the more serious problems that the 2007 Compass had happened right after refueling. The 2007 Compass, after it was topped off, would sometimes simply stall after driving a short distance from the gas station. It’s not known why this is happening, nor is it known how to fix this issue.
Good Jeep Compass years
While the 2007 Compass was by far the worst model year, Car Complaints didn’t label it as a clunker. Regardless, there are plenty of better model years of the Compass to look for when you’re shopping for a used SUV. The 2009 and 2010 model years stand out as being less problematic than the other earlier model years of the Compass, for example.
The 2013 model year was also relatively problem-free, though the next year, the opposite happened. But after that, from 2015 onwards, the Compass seems to be doing fine. Of course, many issues only start appearing after the car gets a lot of mileage on them, so it’s possible that these model years will get more complaints as time goes on.
The brand-new 2020 model
While buying a brand-new Compass will be more expensive than buying an older and used model year of the SUV, it will be less problematic. A car typically will suffer from a lot of reliability issues when the automaker replaces something important in the car. That’s one of the reasons why a Toyota can last so long, the company doesn’t upgrade the important stuff too often.
The 2020 Compass didn’t receive any major updates to anything under the hood, according to U.S. News. As a result, it’s simply the Compass that everyone knows and loves, but with even fewer issues. What has improved with the 2020 Compass is the addition of more optional smart safety features to the standard model of the Compass.
This means that the Compass, which is already a great SUV for off-roading, is becoming an even better SUV for city driving. These optional smart safety features include things like automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and rear parking sensors. When the 2020 Compass is equipped with these features, it becomes an SUV that can easily compete with rivals in its segment.