2010 Jeep Compass

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2010 Jeep Compass Review

Not much to recommend except the price

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In a Nutshell
The 2010 Jeep Compass is a compact crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is available in two trims: Sport and Limited. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Jeep Compass, while four-wheel drive is optional. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is married to a five-speed manual transmission, but a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. Optional on the front-wheel drive Compass Sport is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with the same transmission choices as the base engine.

Jeep Compass is an attractive sport utility vehicle but lacks the brawniness that most folks look for in a jeep. While it hosts squared wheel arches and the seven-slot grille, it exhibits substandard off-road abilities. If you choose the five-speed manual transmission, the Compass becomes a bit more fun. Fuel economy is rated in the 23 mpg city / 28 mpg highway range.

New for 2010

The 2010 Jeep Compass gets an optional five-speed manual transmission for its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A new standard feature, active front head restraints, is added, while automatic climate control is an option on the Limited trim, and remote start is available with the continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Essentials

Engines: 2.0L I-4, 2.4L I-4
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, continuously variable transmission CVT
Body Style: Crossover SUV
Trims: Sport Sport Utility, Limited Sport Utility

On the Outside

The Jeep Compass is the least rugged looking model of the Jeep brand with its soft curves and smooth lines.

From the Inside

While the Jeep Compass interior looks and feels a bit cheap, there are some great features, such as the fold-back rear seat backs and front passenger seat.

Driving Performance

The Jeep Compass 2.0-liter I-4 engine generate 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque, while the optional 2.4-liter engine delivers 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet, and both engines are available with either the five-speed manual transmission or the CVT. The Limited trim is available only with the 2.4-liter I-4 engine, while the 4x4 comes only with the 2.4-liter I-4 engine, but offers either the five-speed manual or the CVT.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Jeep Compass 4x4 includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), curtain first and second row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, traction control, and stability control. The Compass 4x2 is similarly equipped but has front disc brakes and rear drums, while front seat side airbags are optional.

Gas Mileage

Limited 4x4: 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Limited 4x2: 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Latitude 4x4: 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Latitude 4x2: 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Sport 4x4: 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Sport 4x2: 23mpg city/29mpg highway

Plusses

  • Low price tag
  • Flip-down tailgate speakers as an option

Minuses

  • Cheap cabin materials
  • Noisy cabin
  • Uncomfortable ride
  • Poor off-road abilities

Rating

Not much to recommend except the price

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