How to spot Freedom Drive II/Off-road package on used Compasses/Patriots
This is something I have searched for a various sources on the Internet (including here) but I have not been able to get a 100% clear answer. Rather, what I have found is various bits and pieces that might help in identification. Correct me if I am wrong, but here is what I have found:
- Freedom Drive II was never offered on the pre-facelift (round headlight) Compasses, only the 2011+ models.
- The face-lifted 2011+ models have the "Trail-rated" badges on the front fenders if they have FDII(?)
- FDI or AWD vehicles that are not FDII after 2014 only came in 6-speed automatic, leaving only the FDII models that are the only non-2WD models to use a CVT.
On the older Patriots (pre-facelift), I have no clue how to spot if they have FDII. I was wondering if there was something in the VIN that could indicate the feature, is there something on the shifter or a switch to engage the "Crawl" mode? IMO, based on the fender badges FDII equipped vehicles seem relatively rare.