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Jeep Compass vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

1. Introduction

The following essay is a non-fiction comprehensive discourse presenting in-depth information on the two most recent car models in the SUV category presented by the popular car brand Jeep that have been aforementioned in the title of this essay. The in-depth information provided contains valuable statistics, specifications, features, and performance information. This essay will equip an individual with the correct valid information before deciding on purchasing an SUV, a Jeep Compass or a Jeep Grand Cherokee. This essay is a step-by-step comparison essay that presents all the information on these cars by comparing each feature of a model to that of the other model. This step-by-step comparison will help new potential buyers of these SUV models by getting direct access to in-depth lest taken when checking the information for these cars at the dealer. This essay is targeted to all the potential buyers of the Jeep Compass or Jeep Grand Cherokee. All demographics of people can view this complex information essay, and I assure this essay will help in deciding the correct model of an SUV to buy. Jeep is a brand and a registered trademark of Chrysler. Chrysler is now a day call Daimler Chrysler. The product line of Jeep has gone to many hands since its introduction for the army in 1944. It was later publicized in civil and has gone through hands of many popular vehicle manufacturers like Ford and AMC. But now it has a very high stand in the market. Jeep has introduced many SUV models in more than 44 countries and has turned into a brand known widely in the regions of east and now capturing market to become a world brand. Out of the SUV models introduced by Jeep, Compass and Grand Cherokee are destined to become the most possible successful models. The targeted buyers are the ones to look for a luxury and a value for money SUV in the market. By comparing these models of Jeep to other similar segment models in the market, there is a big prospective in the Compass and Grand Cherokee. After being introduced in the Geneva Motor Show in 2006, the production model of Jeep Compass is targeted against the new car buyers around 20 to 30 years of age, who are in search of a sophisticated, yet affordable compact SUV. This demographic of what Jeep calls the "millennial generation" is one of the fastest-growing in the world market. The idea behind Compass is to provide the luxury of a Jeep vehicle at a much affordable price, and in a more demonstrative way compared to Jeep Liberty. Coming to Grand Cherokee, it would be wrong if we say that its introduction was not already in your knowledge. This the most luxurious dream Jeep has sold in the market. The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is an all-purpose SUV for the luxury buyers in the market who are looking for an innovative and elegant SUV. With its more than just a facelift and fuel-saving MDS technology in a HEMI engine model, Jeep is expecting to steal the market for luxury SUVs from high-end companies like Land Rover, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. With these targeted ideas of Jeep Compass and Jeep Grand Cherokee, we can see there is ample scope in providing the correct information of these SUVs. This healthy competition between one Jeep model to a higher segment market model of a different company, and the different segment models of other companies for the cheapest Jeep model puts a definition of permutations and combinations. And this definition will return a solution for each type of SUV buyers to compare a specific high-end segment of another company with a lowest segment of Jeep, and another buyer who wants to compare all Jeep SUVs with other competitive SUVs. This is the fulfillment of the information this essay is trying to provide. This essay is for solving these comparisons creating a very big chart. This chart will be termed as THE COMPARISON TABLE. This whole essay will present information on a Jeep SUV and another SUV being compared to that Jeep SUV, step by step from the comparison table. [1][2][3]

2. Exterior Features

Both Jeep Compass and Jeep Grand Cherokee have distinct looks. The Compass has a rounded, more traditional SUV appearance with a seven-slot grille and striking headlamp design. Both vehicles are equipped with fog lights and aluminum wheels. The Grand Cherokee, however, has a more modern, aerodynamic look. The traditional seven-slot grille is narrower, the headlight assembly is larger and fits into the body lines, and the overall appearance is more cut and chiseled. The Grand Cherokee is also equipped with body-color mirrors, door handles, and molding on all models. These features are available on Compass models with 4x4. The most distinct difference between the SUVs is size. The Grand Cherokee is much wider and longer than the Compass. The Compass weighs in at 3,500 pounds, and the Grand Cherokee mid-size SUV materializes at approximately 5,000 pounds. The height of both vehicles is comparable. The wheelbase of the Grand Cherokee is approximately 6 inches longer than the wheelbase of the Compass. Both vehicles are of unibody construction, and each is available in standard or limited designs. The Grand Cherokee, however, is also available in an Overland edition, which includes unique exterior features such as platinum accents, mesh grille inserts, power folding mirrors, and 17-inch Chrome Clad aluminum wheels. [4][5]

3. Interior Features

The base Sport model Grand Cherokee features an effective air conditioning system, a four-speaker stereo with CD player, and dual power outlets. Seating for five is standard. The Limited model adds an eight-way power driver's seat, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, steering wheel audio controls, rear courtesy/reading lamps, and a 60/40 split folding rear seat. The driver's seat memory system also includes the radio presets. The high-end Overland model adds more luxury with standard features such as the premium GPS navigational system, a unique driver's memory package that includes seats, radio, and exterior mirrors; and an innovative side-curtain airbag system with a rollover sensor. These side-curtain airbags deploy along the headliner or around the side windows in side impacts and when a rollover is determined to be imminent by monitoring the lateral forces acting on the vehicle. A rollover event is later indicated by a significant drop in lateral force followed by a rapid buildup in the vertical force signatures as the vehicle rolls over. Depending on the location of the impact, the side airbag may deploy on the impact surface and on the opposite side of the vehicle. Side-curtain airbags provide enhanced protection for the head and torso in side impacts. This highly advanced system is an automotive first and just another reason for the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee being a 4-wheel drive consumer's top choice, even if it's not for driving off-road. A DVD entertainment center is also optional on both Limited and Overland models. It includes wireless headphones and a flip-up 6.5" screen for rear passengers.

4. Performance and Capability

The Grand Cherokee varies greatly in its performance and capabilities. The Compass features a 2.0L or an optional 2.4L DOHC 16-valve I4 dual VVT engine. Comparatively, the Grand Cherokee offers a 3.6L V6 24-valve VVT engine or an optional 5.7L V8 MDS VVT engine. Both models feature a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, Jeep offers an optional off-road package for the Compass (Freedom Drive II) including a continuous variable transaxle, 17-inch all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps, and a height-adjustable driver's seat. The Compass touts its 2000lb towing capacity; although the Grand Cherokee bests it in this category, the Compass is ranked 2nd amongst crossover utility vehicles. Jeep does recommend that the Compass is not suited for flat towing. A staple feature in both vehicles is Jeep's legendary 4x4 capabilities. Available in three different 4x4 systems, the Compass can take you anywhere you want to go, whether it's cruising through sand or snow or crawling through rocky terrain. The Grand Cherokee's Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II systems set the standard for 4x4 excellence and are an ideal choice for people who live an active off-road lifestyle. Both vehicles have available hill descent control and a 19:1 crawl ratio for added off-road support.


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