The Compass was one of the most confusing SUVs in the history of the Jeep brand. The first problem with the Compass was that it wasn’t an SUV at all. The Compass was a car that shared its design with the Dodge Caliber of all cars (via Readers Digest).
The Caliber was not a popular car by any stretch of the imagination. Another problem with the Caliber was the cheap build quality and questionable reliability. The Jeep Compass was also the first Jeep not Trail Rated or capable of going off-road.