Trail Or Fail Rated? Jeep Compass Botches NY Auto Show Off-Road Course

Ride and drive events have become increasingly popular at auto shows but unfortunately they don’t always go according to plan.

The latest victim is the Jeep Compass which found itself in a perilous position after attempting to climb a hill on a specially designed course in New York.

According to CNET’s Roadshow, the company’s latest crossover attempted to tackle the highest hill on the course but was foiled by a combination of rain, stock tires, and metal grates.

Despite being offered in Trail Rated guise, this particular Compass attempted to climb the hill and only made it about halfway up. The driver backed the crossover down the hill and made a second pass with a faster head start. The additional speed helped the Compass to get closer to the top but it still wasn’t enough.

Unfortunately this time around, the Compass began to slide on the trip back down and came dangerously close to hitting the guard rails. The Jeep eventually made it to the bottom of the hill but became stuck at a 45-degree angle and had to be rocked back and forth to straighten it out.

Jeep wasn’t thrilled by this particular turn of events and reportedly cut off access to the hill for the time being. On the bright side, the company’s Easter Jeep Safari concepts are having better luck in Moab.

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  • BqWsRe

    That’s what happens when you design a Jeep in Europe.

    • dumblikeyou2

      Ciao bella!!

      • Alex

        Stereotype of italian americans

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • Benjamin B.

      No, it was not designed in Europe…. the Compass has nothing to do with Europe. It’s built in Mexico.

      • benT

        and designed in Meh.hee.ko??

      • pjl35

        Where it is built has nothing to do with where it was designed.

    • Alex

      Every useless thing becomes news. The Compass was designed in Brazil

    • Beelzaboot teriaksun

      it’s not a Jeep , it’s a Fiat.

      • Bash

        Just wanted to say that. lol

      • Alex

        Yes, the american Jeep went bankrupt. lol

        • dumblikeyou2

          Fiat was on the brink of bankruptcy as well at the time the “bought” Chrysler so that they would benefit from the USA’s bailout. The United States of AMERICA saved that sorry European pile.

          Do some research. And I wouldn’t be too cocky now that the UK exited the EU.

          • Alex

            The US government has saved the entire automotive industry including Ford and GM.
            How to remember the great scandal of GM. Many people died

          • dumblikeyou2

            No words for you.

      • Michelin

        Yes, Mercedes escaped, Renault escaped. I will check if Fiat will be stronger. If not Jeep Fail again

    • Alex
    • Michelin

      Interesting to read american comment on FCA. Right things are Americans, wrong things are Italians!!! A little bit arrogant and racist Thinking?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Well it’s a FIAT, so…

    • Alex

      Old Compass was not a tiger

  • THESE THINGS ARE DRIVEN BY EMPLOYEES OF JEEP SO NO FUN.

  • benT

    Jeep too cheep.

    Should swap out the high heel stilettos for a good pair of quality mountain walking boots.

  • Spyderdrifter

    This is what happens when you’re well known around the world for SUV’s, but instead build cross-overs….

  • Alex
  • Harry_Wild

    I am not surprise at it not making the climb! The Compass is a junky cheap crossover and not in the same league as a Subaru or Toyota caliber competitors!

  • Emoto

    wet metal ramps are hard to climb. I am no particular fan of FCA, but wet metal is really slippery.

  • getoffme

    FCA. What a fail.

  • LeftLanePrius

    They should have another track called ‘Mall Parking Lot’ for these tests.

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