Safety and Security The strong hydroformed front frame rails are built to help manage crash forces. The engine is a little loud at full throttle and, as with any small displacement engine, passing takes planning. The F-150 offers the industry-first modular overhead rail system that allows owners to customize interior storage options to suit their individual needs. Jeep describes its designs as falling into two categories: Jeep Classic and Jeep Modern. The body tells you that this is a car-based, street-oriented vehicle not a truck-based off-roader. Count the Compass as in the latter category, compact division. All models feature an upscale two-tone instrument panel.
Other stand alone options include Freedom Drive 1 four-wheel-drive system, 2. 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. Depending on the engine size, the maximum trailer weight ranges between 2,200 and 9,900 lbs. Seen in this light, the compact Compass' fuel economy numbers look very respectable. A flex-fuel version that can use up to 85 percent ethanol is also available.
It delivers 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 365 pound-feet of torque at 3,750 rpm. Depending on engine size, the maximum trailer weight ranges between 6,100 and 8,800 lbs. 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. A rack- and-pinion steering system — the largest and strongest ever used on a Ford vehicle — was engineered to provide excellent steering response. 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. . 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.
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. Cousin to Dodge's Caliber, the Compass shares many of the interesting interior options available in the Caliber. 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. The suspension reduces unsprung weight to help provide better ride and stability on choppy, broken surfaces. Ford F-150 sets the industry standard for toughness, strength, safety, interior spaciousness, refinement, driving dynamics, stability, functionality, cargo capacity, comfort and style. 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. Engineering advances in the F-150 lead to exceptional handling, ride and quietness.
When you get right down to it, the Compass looks exactly like what it is — a cross between a station wagon and a sport utility vehicle, made by Jeep. 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. In the ever-expanding compact crossover category, the Compass faces a significant amount of competition, some of it from within its own family. Four-wheel, vented-disc, anti-lock brakes are standard. With it, occupants may easily snap in additional modules, such as first-aid kits, toolboxes, flashlights and two-way radio holders.
Six-footers fit easily up front, though they'll find legroom snug in back, especially if like-size folks are in front of them. 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. All controls and switchgear are straightforward in design and easy to reach. Depending on engine displacement, the maximum trailer weight ranges between 6,200 and 8,100 lbs. One reason for the popularity of crossovers is that many people are discovering they can have the added traction of all-wheel drive wrapped in the comfort and roadability of a car, not a truck.
All cabs feature four doors for easy access. And there are just enough styling features front end, trapezoidal wheel flares to identify it as a Jeep. Both 4×2 and 4×4 models use coil-on-shock, long-spindle, double-wishbone front suspension. The upper end of the Compass price range is fairly close to the entry level of three established crossovers: , and. With the manual transmission, steep grades may require downshifting to maintain speed.
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. The seven-slot grille, clamshell hood and round headlamps immediately mark the Compass as part of the Jeep clan. And depending on engine size, the maximum trailer weight ranges between 6,400 and 9,000 lbs. For hauling cargo, or towing a trailer, a Ford F-150 pickup is the preferred choice for many motorists. It is built in Norfolk, Va. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels in place of 17-inchers are also standard on Limited. Segment-first torque-based electronic throttle control uses driver input from the accelerator pedal to actively modulate the torque at the drive wheels.