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2010 Jeep Compass

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2010 Jeep Compass Review

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Timing may not be everything, but it certainly counts for something. Consumers have shown a definite penchant for smaller, more fuel-efficient crossover utility vehicles, which bodes well for the 2010 Jeep Compass. Sharing much of its mechanicals with the Jeep Patriot, the four-cylinder Compass is designed for buyers who seek on-road comfort and convenience with a dash of Jeep off-road heritage Jeep purists will likely find more to like in the Patriot, with its more traditional Jeep styling and off-road abilities.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2010 Jeep Compass is a Jeep for people who don't own one. A compass, that is. So we think you'll like the Compass if you're drawn to the Jeep brand but don't consider yourself a serious off-road enthusiast.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your taste runs towards the SUV side of the sport utility-station wagon continuum, you may want to pass on the contemporary, car-like contours of the Compass in favor of something with a more conventional four-wheel-drive shape and more definite off-highway credentials.

What's New for 2010

For 2010, a five speed manual transmission is now standard on all models, while safety improvements include the addition of front seat active head restraints.

Driving the Compass

Driving Impressions One reason for the popularity of crossovers is that many people are discovering they can have the added traction of all-wheel drive wrapped in the comfort and roadability of a...

car, not a truck. Though it's offered in both front and all-wheel-drive models, Jeep expects many buyers to opt for all-wheel drive, especially in snow-belt states. Jeep's Freedom Drive I is a full-time, fully-automatic all-wheel drive system, requiring no input from the driver. On dry pavement, it channels up to 100 percent of available engine power through the front wheels, but it is continuously variable in response to driving conditions and, when needed, can direct as much as 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels. Drivers can also engage a 4WD lock mode, for better grip in deep snow, sand or mud.

Overall Design
Crossover styling runs the gamut from spruced-up wagons to shrunken SUVs. The 2010 Jeep Compass design hits a nice note, closer to the former than the latter. The body tells you that this is a car-based, street-oriented vehicle (not a truck-based off-roader). And there are just enough styling features (front end, trapezoidal wheel flares) to identify it as a Jeep.

Fuel Economy
As a breed, SUV's are not known for operating efficiency. Seen in this light, the compact Compass' fuel economy numbers look very respectable.

2010 Jeep Compass Details
2010 Jeep Compass photo Interior

The contemporary interior of the 2010 Jeep Compass seats four to five adults. Six-footers fit easily up front, though they'll find legroom snug in back, especially if like-size folks are in front of them. All controls and switchgear are straightforward in design and easy to reach. The seats are cloth in the Sport and leather-trimmed in the Limited version. Plenty of on-board storage spots are available to stow water bottles, CDs and what-have-you. Split rear seatbacks and a fold-flat front seat increase hauling options. Cargo capacity ranges from 22.7 to 53.6 cubic feet, depending upon how the seats are configured. Drivers must deal with rear quarter blind spots created by the wide rear pillars.

Exterior
2010 Jeep Compass photo

Jeep describes its designs as falling into two categories: Jeep Classic and Jeep Modern. Count the Compass as in the latter category, compact division. The 2010 Jeep Compass is close kin to the Dodge Caliber, and the two vehicles share the same basic shape, with a laid-back windshield and a curving roofline. Jeep's variation on the theme starts with a familiar face. The seven-slot grille, clamshell hood and round headlamps immediately mark the Compass as part of the Jeep clan. A high, beveled beltline and trapezoidal wheel openings add an updated take on traditional Jeep design. The wedge-shaped rear pillar, asymmetrical tail lamps and beefy bumper tie the package together in back. When you get right down to it, the Compass looks exactly like what it is – a cross between a station wagon and a sport utility vehicle, made by Jeep.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2010 Jeep Compass is offered in Sport and Limited models; in both trim levels, front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optionally available. Notable among the Compass Sport's standard features are a handful of safety-related items, including side-curtain airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Traction Control. Limited models add more power and luxury features including leather-trimmed heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, one-touch power driver's side window and remote keyless entry. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels (in place of 17-inchers) are also standard on Limited.

Optional Equipment

Cousin to Dodge's Caliber, the Compass shares many of the interesting interior options available in the Caliber. Among them: A flip-up holster built into the center armrest for an MP3 player or cell phone and, in back, a cargo bay ceiling light that doubles as a pop-out flashlight. The available Boston Acoustics premium sound system (nine speakers, 458 watts) includes a pair of speakers mounted on the lift gate that do dual duty; open the hatch and you can swing down the speakers to provide the soundtrack to your next tailgate party. Other stand alone options include Freedom Drive 1 four-wheel-drive system, 2.4-liter PZEV engine, 2.0-liter engine, uconnect gps and CVT2 automatic transmission with Auto Stick manual shift mode. The Sport Special Equipment package adds 115-volt outlet, stain-repelling seat fabric, cruise control, fold-flat passenger seat, removable, iPod controller and power windows, door locks and mirrors.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Jeep Compass is offered with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a choice of two transmissions; a five-speed manual or the optional Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT2) automatic. The 172-horsepower engine works well in the Compass platform and returns above-average gas mileage. The engine is a little loud at full throttle and, as with any small displacement engine, passing takes planning. With the manual transmission, steep grades may require downshifting to maintain speed. Driving the optional CVT2 takes some getting used to because it doesn't have the distinct shift points that our ears are conditioned to hearing. A more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter engine is available for the Patriot, but only on the 4x2 Sport trim.

2.0-liter in-line 4
158 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
141 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/29 (FWD, manual), 23/27 (FWD, automatic)

2.4-liter in-line 4
172 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
165 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 (FWD, manual), 21/25 (FWD, automatic)
23/28 (4WD, manual), 21/24 (4WD, automatic)

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2010 Jeep Compass Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.2
Out of 10

Based on 373 Ratings for the 2007 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.4/10
  • Reliability
    7.9/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

Some good, but ALOT of bad

By on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: maintenance cost

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "gas mileage, 4x4, storage"

Cons: "repair costs, cheaply made, road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Bought this car in 2009 with 13000 miles on it. Basically used it to drive home from college about a 4 hour trip. The first problem happened when I was going over a bridge about 2 years after I bought the car and all the lights on the dash went on and my car rapidly decelerated. I regained acceleration and the lights went off a few minutes later, but it was disconcerting. Brought it to the shop and they said the tire sensors were bad. $700 later that was fixed. A year after that the car was riding very jerkily and sticking in gears (the CVT is like that, but it was extreme), so I brought it in, and was told i needed an entirely new CPU system because mine was fried. $2000 later that was fixed. A year after that with about 65k miles on the car I was driving in the rain and the car was hydroplaning violently. I brought the car in and it needed new control arms/ bearings and tires. $1000 later that was fixed. At 95K miles I was told it would need new control arms and bearings again and some other parts would likely have to be changed. At that point I had had enough and traded it in. That was the bad, and as you could see there is a lot. The good was the gas mileage, storage room and 4x4 option. The car is great in the snow and cheap for long trips, but the mounting repair costs really changed my view of the car."

FAVORITE CAR I'VE EVER OWNED

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "RELIABLE! COMFY! CUTE! FITS GROCERIES EASILY!"

Cons: "NONE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had everything from Ford to Pontiac to BMW to Kia, and my Jeep Compass is my favorite. Sure, the Beamer was pretty amazing, but soooo expensive to pay for and upkeep. My Jeep is perfect. It's comfy, it has NEVER had one problem in the 5 years I've owned it, and I adore it. We can go to Ikea and fit TONS of boxes in it when we lay the back seats down, and it's right at waist height so you never have to bend down to load and unload."

reliable and sturdy

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, safe, fun to drive, nice features"

Cons: "blind spots are somewhat large"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has served me very well. I was stuck trying to drive home through a tornado-like storm and my Compass actually fared extremely well. I was safe and it had NO DAMAGE! It drives smooth and is a fun car to whip around in. Love it!"

Love my Compass!

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "So much fun to drive and great gas mileage."

Cons: "tiny gas tank for an SUV, only 12 gallons or so."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am absolutely in love with my 07 Compass. I have gone places and test drove brand new vehicles and NONE of them beats my Compass. It has actually been totaled by hail damage but I absolutely refuse to let go of it. The ride is amazing. The handling is amazing. The person that owned it before me was an elderly gentleman and he took good care of it just like I have. If Jesus were still on this earth now and purchased a vehicle, He would buy a Compass. When I purchase another vehicle, I will be returning to the Compass line."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Worst Car Ever!

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This car has been nothing but junk. It is cheaply made and cost a fortune to upkeep. I have replaced the control arms every 6 months. Then when they fail we have to replace tires because of uneven wear on them. Air bags are faulty and haven't been recalled. Had problems from the start. I will never buy a jeep again after this experience. Beware unless you have money to throw away don't buy the compass."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Good driver, decent fuel economy, plenty of room.

By on Saturday, May 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 144,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "good fuel economy, dependable."

Cons: "hard plastic interior is uncomfortable at times."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I really don't have any complaints. I've only replaced normal wear items: Alternator, starter, a little front end work, tires and brakes. It averages 25 mpg and the power is acceptable. The 6 speed CVT is a little jumpy a times but I've learned to live with it. If it gets too annoying I just give it extra gas and it's fine."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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