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Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Subpar interior materials
  • Lack of off-road capabilities
  • Small cargo capacity for the class
  • Back seats are uncomfortable




Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 6.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 8.8 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2009 Jeep Compass Overview

Although it’s a Jeep, the 2009 Jeep Compass is better suited for around-town comfort than rock-crushing trails. While some reviewers thought that the Compass has adequate power, others felt that it is severely underpowered. The Compass only offers a four-cylinder engine, which gets good fuel economy of up to 23/29 mpg city/highway when equipped with two-wheel drive and a manual transmission. In terms of handling, the Compass is surprisingly well-composed on city streets or highways, but over bumpier terrain, the Compass struggles, according to auto critics. The Compass has unimpressive safety ratings that are exceeded by many of its rivals.

Most reviewers thought that other 2009 compact SUVs had nicer interiors than the Compass, and several complained about engine noise making its way into the cabin. Still, auto critics said that the Compass was spacious and had comfortable front seats with good visibility, but found that the back seats were uncomfortable. Overall, reviewers found little reason to recommend the Compass over the competition.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Compass for its rugged reputation, you may also like the 2009 Subaru Forester. The Forester has much better safety scores and interior quality. Also, the Forester is a better performer and comes with standard all-wheel drive.

You should consider the 2009 Ford Escape if you want increased cargo capacity and better safety scores than the Compass. The Escape is a better performer than the Compass.

Compare the Compass to the Forester and Escape »

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