(4.0) 27 reviews
MSRP: $3,168$11,088
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 24-25
Engine: 172-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x4
Seats: 5
2008 Jeep Compass

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 few more standard features and a dressier dashboard; the drivetrain has also been calibrated for sm... 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

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.