Getting an interior updated for 2009, the Jeep Compass compact four-door SUV gains a revised dashboard, new door-panel trim and better sound insulation, while sport trims get revised suspension tuning for a smoother ride, more stable handling and more overall comfort. Motivated by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine generating 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque, the Compass comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, a continuously variable transmission is optional, and both front- and four-wheel drive are available. Jeep Compass EPA-estimated fuel mileage achieves 23 mpg city/28 mpg hwy. With seating capacity for five passengers, the Compass provides comfortable seating in both the front and rear seats, and can carry a modest amount of cargo: 22.7 cubic feet of space behind the backseat and 53.6 cubic feet with the seats folded. Among the most important safety features are stability control, antilock disc brakes and airbags, including full-length side curtain airbags as standard.Read more Read less
As it turns three years old, Jeep's 2009 Compass will see changes mostly in its interior, where a new center console features a split lid for extra storage space. New door trim gets extra padding and soft-touch plastic, and the instruments now feature LED gauges. Revised air vents, illuminated cupholders and a carpeted cargo floor are now standard. A 30-gigabyte hard drive for music storage is a new option. Improved sound insulation in the floor and engine compartment, as well as a revamped exhaust resonator, should help reduce road noise. Sport models have a revised suspension for improved ride and handling. Finally, front-wheel drive Compass models equipped with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) are now certified as partial-zero emissions vehicles (PZEV).
Maneuverability and handling; convenience and utility; lots of safety features; value for money; fuel efficiency compared with that of small SUVs.
The car-like 2009 Jeep Compass combines the utility of a compact SUV and the maneuverability and crisp handling of a small hatchback, with some added rugged Jeep character. The Compass has better fuel-efficiency than most SUVs its size, at an EPA-rated 23 mpg city, 28 mpg highway. It also stands out for its standard safety features, including side curtain air bags and electronic stability control. Price is perhaps the strongest selling point, though; at a base price that's equal to that of many small economy cars, the Compass is an impressive alternative.