When the Compass arrived in 2007, it wasn't what the public expected from Jeep. The compact, car-based SUV lacked the rugged looks and off-road prowess of its stablemates, despite offering four-wheel drive.
The Compass' top priorities were low price and economical operation. It has stayed true to that mission over the years, while receiving more Jeep-like styling and enhanced all-terrain capability.
It's still not a heavy-duty 4x4, but the Compass looks and acts like a junior member of the family now. Its enduring attribute is price: You can own a 2013 Compass for fewer dollars than any other four-wheel-drive vehicle on the market.