Safety

For an entry-level vehicle the Compass comes stacked with safety features. Side curtain airbags, traction control, an electronic stability system and antilock brakes all come standard at the $15,985 entry price.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just released crash-test results for the Compass' sibling, the Dodge Caliber. It received a Good rating, the best possible, in the frontal crash test, but got a Marginal score, the second worst possible, in both side-impact and rear-impact tests. While the two vehicles aren't identical, the results should be similar for the Compass.

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    ECO (Fuel Saver Mode) — If Equipped
    The ECO message will display below the outside temperature in the EVIC display (if the audio system is on the ECO indicator will override the audio information display line if the Display Fuel Sav ...

    Engine Break-In Recommendations
    A long break-in period is not required for the engine and drivetrain (transmission and axle) in your vehicle. Drive moderately during the first 500 miles (800 km). After the initial 60 miles (100 ...

    If You Stall Or Begin To Lose Headway
    If you stall or begin to lose headway while climbing a steep hill, allow your vehicle to come to a stop and immediately apply the brake. Restart the engine and shift into REVERSE. Back slowly down ...