2010 Jeep Compass

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$15,365

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

2 trims

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Our 2010 Jeep Compass trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 3.8
  • Value for the money 3.9
  • Exterior styling 4.1
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews

1.9

Junkiest car ever owned

I think this vehicle is a worthless piece of scrap. Never buy Mopar again. Absolute waste of my money and my time. Could of bought a bike.

3.0

Decent... but not great

Purchased this car at 93,000 miles, was told by used dealer that there were no current issues or signs of a future issue, even after shop check. Transmission blew at 98,000, and have had issues with the modules and computers fizzling out. Muffler never truly secured and knocks frequently, regardless of preventative maintenance. Have taken a trip with it since Trans replacement, ran well. Overall, when it’s running and available for use, a solid car to get you from point A to B.

5.0

Owed my Jeep for 10 years, love it

Best vehicle I have owned. Awesome in the snow. Comfortable, roomy, drives great and fun to drive. 4x4 optional lever. Great gas mileage 27 MPG. Looks great too. Reliable.

See all 28 consumer reviews

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
View all cpo program details

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