2008 Jeep Compass

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23 reviews
Available Price Range $3,954-$11,650 Trims4 Combined MPG 24-25 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Jeep Compass

Our Take

Jeep's compact, car-based Compass lacks the offroad chops its larger siblings boast, but it can tread lightly off the beaten path thanks to optional all-wheel drive. Changes for 2008 include a... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Least offroad-capable Jeep
  • Limited towing capacity
  • Base model meekly equipped
  • Some cheap interior pieces
  • Lackluster acceleration with CVT

Notable Features

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard stability system and curtain airbags
  • Five-speed manual or CVT automatic
  • Backseat and front passenger seat fold
  • Stain-resistant upholstery


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in August 2006 about the 4x4 version of the 2007 Jeep Compass. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what details are different this year, check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.Jeep is billing the Compass as a competitor for small SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. That's a lofty compariso... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.0 out of 5

Based on 23 reviews

SUV Practical

by jas from Scottsdale,AZ on July 29, 2009

Bought the Compass with 10,000 miles on it and i really like it..I owned a Saturn vue before this one...I think the road noise is higher,but maybe its the firestone tires..I love the look of the 2 doo... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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