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2010 Jeep Compass Review

According to most reviewers, the 2010 Jeep Compass functions best as a daily commuter because of its good fuel economy and comfortable ride, but it lacks Jeep’s trademark off-road abilities. Additionally, the Compass can’t live up to rivals that offer better performance and nicer interiors.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Good head- and legroom
  • Subpar interior materials
  • Lacks off-road capabilities
  • Small cargo capacity for the class




Critics' Rating: 6.0
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 6.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2010 Jeep Compass Overview

When it was new, test drivers felt the 2010 Jeep Compass was surprisingly composed on paved roads, but over rougher terrain, the Compass struggled. However, if you can do without brawny off-road capabilities, some commented that the steering was responsive and accurate.

The Compass is available with two four-cylinder engines, which auto critics thought were underpowered and noisy. The base Compass comes with a 2.4-liter engine, while an available 2.0-liter motor offers better fuel economy, but less power. A five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available with either engine. Front-wheel drive is standard on the base Compass and four-wheel drive was optional when it was new. The Compass gets up to 23/29 mpg city/highway, which is pretty good for the class. The Compass has safety scores that are a bit low for the class.

While much improved from previous models, reviewers felt that the Compass’ interior fell behind more refined SUV options, like the 2010 Toyota RAV4. The front seats in the Compass were well-liked by auto critics, but many said that even with ample legroom, the back seats were uncomfortable. The Compass also has less cargo space than most others in the class. Reviewers did like the rear flip-down speakers for tailgating.

The base Compass Sport comes with roof rails, fog lamps and a four-speaker stereo. Features like cruise control, keyless entry, heated front seats, leather and satellite radio come standard on the Limited trim. Bluetooth, navigation, an upgraded stereo and a sunroof were all available as options when the Compass was new.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Subaru Forester is a smart alternative to the Compass with excellent safety scores. With the Forester, you’ll also get better driving dynamics and interior quality. Though the Compass gets slightly better fuel economy, the Forester comes with standard all-wheel drive and offers much more cargo space than the Compass.

You should check out the 2010 Ford Escape if you’re seeking good safety scores and better interior quality than the Compass. The Escape also is a more capable performer and has more cargo room.

Compare the Compass to the Forester and Escape »

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