(4.8) 4 reviews
MSRP: $4,479$11,923
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 25
Engine: 172-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x4
Seats: 5
2009 Jeep Compass

Our Take on the 2009 Jeep Compass

Our Take

Built on a new car-based platform shared with the Dodge Caliber, the Compass is one of two front-wheel-drive models from Jeep — the other being the compact Patriot. Both cars are examples of why so-called crossover vehicles are supplanting traditional truck-based SUVs. Trim levels include ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard stability system and curtain airbags
  • Five-speed manual or CVT automatic
  • Stain-resistant upholstery
  • Redesigned interior

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.