2010 Jeep Compass

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Jeep Compass. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Least off-road-capable Jeep
  • Limited towing capacity
  • Base model meekly equipped
  • Lackluster acceleration with CVT
2010 Jeep Compass exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2010 Jeep Compass

  • 2.0- or 2.4-liter engine
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Standard stability system and curtain airbags
  • Five-speed manual or CVT automatic
  • Optional stain-resistant upholstery
  • Optional automatic climate control

2010 Jeep Compass Overview

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Vehicle Overview
Built on a 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 off-road chops its larger siblings boast, but it can tread lightly off the beaten path thanks to optional four-wheel drive. Compass competitors include the Honda Element and Ford Escape.


New for 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.

Exterior
The Compass looks like the child of an older Liberty model and the current Grand Cherokee. The doors have matching moldings that dress up a deliberate accent groove. Body-colored door handles are available, in addition to standard black handles.
  • Standard body-colored front and rear bumpers and grille
  • Standard fog lamps
  • Standard side roof rails
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels (Sport)
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels (Limited)
  • 18-inch aluminum chrome-clad wheels (optional on Limited)
  • Optional sunroof
  • Optional bright overlays for bumpers


Interior
For 2010, interior changes are minor, with the Compass gaining optional automatic climate control. The interior features a 60/40-split folding rear seat, plus an optional power driver's seat, optional fold-flat front passenger seat and optional power windows.
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard illuminated cupholde...
Vehicle Overview
Built on a 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 off-road chops its larger siblings boast, but it can tread lightly off the beaten path thanks to optional four-wheel drive. Compass competitors include the Honda Element and Ford Escape.


New for 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.

Exterior
The Compass looks like the child of an older Liberty model and the current Grand Cherokee. The doors have matching moldings that dress up a deliberate accent groove. Body-colored door handles are available, in addition to standard black handles.
  • Standard body-colored front and rear bumpers and grille
  • Standard fog lamps
  • Standard side roof rails
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels (Sport)
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels (Limited)
  • 18-inch aluminum chrome-clad wheels (optional on Limited)
  • Optional sunroof
  • Optional bright overlays for bumpers


Interior
For 2010, interior changes are minor, with the Compass gaining optional automatic climate control. The interior features a 60/40-split folding rear seat, plus an optional power driver's seat, optional fold-flat front passenger seat and optional power windows.
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard illuminated cupholders
  • Available cloth, stain-resistant cloth or leather upholstery
  • Optional hands-free communication system
  • Optional navigation


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 off-road situations.

The Compass has floor and engine-compartment silencers and an exhaust resonator that Jeep says will provide a quieter ride. Suspension tuning on Sport models is designed to provide a smoother, more comfortable ride.
  • 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 141 pounds-feet of torque
  • 172-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 165 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Optional remote start


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Standard hill-start assistance with manual transmission
  • 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



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What Drivers Are Saying

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(4.2)
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(4.2)
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(4.2)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

wonderful

by jean dodson matters from Claysburgpa on May 20, 2018

this vehicle is every thing i could ask for and then some.i cannot remember a time when i was very pleased.i can only hope the next vehicle will be the same Read full review

(4.0)

Best value I?ve found.

by Aphillz89 from Odenton, Maryland on April 26, 2018

This car has met all my financial needs. This is lowest mileage car I have ever owned and will be paid off quickly. Cars.com showed me the best deal in my area. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Jeep Compass currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Jeep Compass Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Jeep

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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