2009 Jeep Compass

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$18,465

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2009 Jeep Compass

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

2 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2009 Jeep Compass trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2009 Jeep Compass review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.0
  • Interior design 3.5
  • Performance 3.5
  • Value for the money 3.5
  • Exterior styling 3.5
  • Reliability 3.8

Most recent consumer reviews

1.9

It's not 100 percent safe . Drive shaft constantly

Electrical problems. Bad switch in drive steering. Drive shafts always going bad. Ride bad in high wind , rainy and snowy conditions I have paid more for fixing the car since I own it

1.0

Biggest piece of garbage I have ever owned

Never ever buy anything Chrysler, bought it with 70000 drove it off the lot,2days go by engine light comes on,needs new intake manifold ,drove for a while all of sudden crank sensor goes then cam sensor by the way I replace .it now has 118000 and having exact same thing dealer says not their problem..

4.4

Reliable, Capable, Fun to Drive

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. Plenty of space. Enough power to pass and merge onto the highway but the engine is still getting 30 mpg. I own a 2009 and I am not as big of a fan of the exterior styling... I think the newer ones look much more attractive, but that's just a personal preference. Interior design is standard Jeep. I LOVE the fact that it has an AUX port and a house hold 125amp power outlet. It's not the most forgiving vehicle on bumps in the road, hence my rating on comfort, but that is a typical with Jeeps. My compass is a manual transmission with over 165k miles and it is still going strong. I believe it will be reliable well over 200k miles. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a small 4x4 that still gets great MPG.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Jeep
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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