• (4.2) 13 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,437–$12,193
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 25-26
  • Engine: 172-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2010 Jeep Compass

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Jeep Compass

What We Don't Like

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

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 Reviews

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.

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

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 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


Average based on 13 reviews

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Great for a small family

by KayVeeJay from Chester, VA on October 25, 2017

This car was nice when I had only one child. The back row doesn't allow for much leg room because the cupholders are in the middle of the floor (attached to the back of the front armrest). When our fa... Read Full Review

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6 Trims Available

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2010 Jeep Compass Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Jeep Compass Limited

Head Restraints and Seats

IIHS Ratings

Based on Jeep Compass Limited

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Jeep Compass Limited

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Jeep Compass Limited

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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