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2009 Jeep Compass

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$4,085 — $10,241 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
25 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.8) 4 reviews

The Good

  • Gas mileage
  • Ease of entry/exit
  • Versatility
  • Standard safety equipment
  • Fully independent suspension

The Bad

  • Least offroad-capable Jeep
  • Limited towing capacity
  • Base model meekly equipped
  • Lackluster acceleration with CVT
2009 Jeep Compass exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Jeep Compass
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard stability system and curtain airbags
  • Five-speed manual or CVT automatic
  • Stain-resistant upholstery
  • Redesigned interior

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
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 the Sport and better-equipped Limited.

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. Compass competitors include the Honda Element and Ford Escape.


New for 2009
The Compass gets a redesigned instrument panel, door trim panels and center console. Jeep says there is a retuned suspension and improved sound deadening to provide a smoother and quieter ride. Option packages have also been simplified.

Exterior
The Compass looks like the child of the previous-generation Liberty and the current Grand Cherokee. The doors have matching moldings that dress up a deliberate accent groove. All models have black mirrors and door handles, not body-colored.

The Compass is 173.4 inches long and 71.3 inches wide; that's about the same as the Escape, but the Element is shorter.

  • Standard body-colored front and rear bumpers and grille (moldings on Limited models are also body-colored)
  • Standard fog lamps
  • Standard side roof rails
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels (Sport)
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels (Limited)
  • 18-inch chrome-clad wheels (optional on Sport)
  • Optional sunroof


Interior
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Vehicle Overview
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 the Sport and better-equipped Limited.

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. Compass competitors include the Honda Element and Ford Escape.


New for 2009
The Compass gets a redesigned instrument panel, door trim panels and center console. Jeep says there is a retuned suspension and improved sound deadening to provide a smoother and quieter ride. Option packages have also been simplified.

Exterior
The Compass looks like the child of the previous-generation Liberty and the current Grand Cherokee. The doors have matching moldings that dress up a deliberate accent groove. All models have black mirrors and door handles, not body-colored.

The Compass is 173.4 inches long and 71.3 inches wide; that's about the same as the Escape, but the Element is shorter.

  • Standard body-colored front and rear bumpers and grille (moldings on Limited models are also body-colored)
  • Standard fog lamps
  • Standard side roof rails
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels (Sport)
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels (Limited)
  • 18-inch chrome-clad wheels (optional on Sport)
  • Optional sunroof


Interior
For 2009, the Compass gets a revised interior. The dashboard gets an all-new instrument panel that's smoother and features chrome accents that brighten the new round interior vents, shift bezel and cluster rings (on Limited editions). There are also all-new door trim panels, and the center console features padded armrests.

Interior dimensions are rather large for the segment, coming in at 123.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, which beats the competitors by a good margin. Cargo volume, though, comes in at 22.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 53.6 cubic feet with the second-row bench folded. That's less cargo volume than both the Escape and Element.

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard illuminated cupholders
  • Available cloth, stain-resistant cloth or leather upholstery
  • Optional power locks, windows and mirrors (standard on Limited)
  • Optional hands-free communication system
  • Optional voice-activated navigation and/or audio system (including touch-screen, voice commands, 30GB hard drive and navigation radio)


Under the Hood
The Compass and Patriot are Jeep's first models with four-wheel-independent suspensions. The brand's other SUVs retain a solid rear axle, which offers advantages in some offroad situations.

For 2009, the Compass gets improved floor and engine-compartment silencers and a revised exhaust resonator that Jeep says will provide a quieter ride. Revised suspension tuning on Sport models is designed to provide a smoother, more comfortable ride.

  • 172-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 165 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive


Safety
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system with electronic roll mitigation
  • Standard antilock braking system
  • Standard traction control
  • Standard smart key that immobilizes the engine in a theft attempt
  • Optional seat-mounted side-impact airbags (front only)
  • Optional alarm system


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
4 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)
(5.0)

Reliable, Capable, Fun to Drive

by Rujero from Peabody, MA on May 11, 2017

I have owned many cars and trucks over the years but none have been as functional and fitting to my lifestyle than my Jeep Compass. It does everything I want it to do. It gets through any weather. ... Read full review

(5.0)

worth the money

by lesuner from Edinburg, TX on April 29, 2011

I've got the Jeep Compass in Aug 2009 and it's been so far the best car i ever have, good on gas, roomy and fast on the highway Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Jeep Compass currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Jeep Compass has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Jeep

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    unlimietd months / unlimited distance

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Compass received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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