Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Belleville, ON, Canada
Ok, I did it today.
I went and looked over a 2011 and then test drove the North Limited 4x4. It had a sunroof.
Looking underneath I see nothing different at the back other than the gas tank is now Black not silver as mine is. At the front it also looks the same setup of control arms and tie rod ends. Exactly like mine in layout and size with no indication of being beefed up whatsoever. The sales rep did not indicate anything in design (if you believe them anyway). If there is any engineering change its certainly not visible in the stock suspension (as for trail rated version ???). The front under cariage is completely covered with a plastic skid plate unlike my Compass it has a plastic covered area on the left and right side leaving the middle oh a foot or so open rearwards.
Under the hood they have moved the computer right up top and to the right of the engine. Otherwise that is the same including the mini air intake setup.
I test drove it very briefly in town and took it up the highway. Now to me is sounded at little noisier than the 2009 and not as responsive. This vehicle had 47km on it hence hardly driven. It was fully warmed up and accelerating to hwy speed and beyond required high RPM's. It would rev to 4 & 5000 without much persuasion to get it move while doing 100km/hr to something faster somewhat quickly.
Inside apart from the large climate control type knobs protruding now for fan/heat/climate control which was extremely smooth and easily worked. It looks the same. Now this was a loaded limited it appears and the steering wheel has as many buttons as mini computer.
Front light is of course totally different with projection type reflectors for the main beams and fog lights I was told were mini projection HID's hence white light and not yellow which I prefer for fogs.
The rear end inside is more or less the same. It had the upgraded sound (speakers in the tailgate and woofer in the right side).
Not sure if its any better and only a style change for marketing.
Jeep Compass 2009
4x4, 2.4L, CVT
heated seats, TPMS
General Altimax RT43 P225/65R17
Yellow Fog Lamps
CLASS III Curtis Hitch
SOLD @ 153,000km Oct. 2018 THE END !!
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
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Last edited by tripplec; 05-04-2011 at 03:39 PM.