Buying Guide

2010 Jeep Compass

Fair Market Price $7,861 Limited 2WD
Motor Trend Rating


23 City / 29 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 53.6 cu. ft.



The Jeep Compass is one of the smaller and sleek designed 4WD vehicles from Jeep. This model can almost fit into the crossover category with its high fuel economy and well equipped interior that is ready for long rides. The Jeep compass offers a 29 MPG rating on the highway and does not have the same boxy rugged look that you would expect from Jeep, this model has a much smoother and more aerodynamic look. Starting at only $15,365 the Jeep Compass is also one of the most economically priced Jeeps. The Compass was not built to be the biggest or toughest Jeep on the market, but to be a more fun entry level vehicle.

The small four cylinder engine that comes on the Compass shows that it was not really intended for any major off road driving, but it does offer a 4WD transmission for those who want to give it a try. The interior of the Compass is considered to be lacking too. There are many interior parts that are made of hard plastic and are far from high quality craftsmanship, but these same inadequacies are found in higher end models like the Liberty and Patriot.

Bodystyles: Crossover SUV
Engines: 2.0L I-4, 2.4L I-4
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, continuously variable transmission CVT
Models: Limited 4×4, Limited 4×2, Latitude 4×4, Latitude 4×2, Sport 4×4, Sport 4×2

You have to look hard to find anything really new for the 2010 Jeep Compass, other than the addition of a five-speed manual transmission for the very underpowered 2.0-liter I-4. You can now get automatic climate control on Limited models and if you opt for the CVT you can get a remote engine starter.

The 2010 Jeep Compass is the softest looking of the entire Jeep brand. Soft curves, smooth lines give it none of the rugged look Jeep owners have come to know and love.

The Compass interior looks and feels cheap but there are some cool features. The rear seat backs fold flat as does the front passenger seat which allows you to carry longer items.

Sport and Latitude 4×2 models have the 2.0-liter I-4 with 158 horsepower and 141 of torque. The available 2.4-liter delivers 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet. Both engines available with either the 5-speed manual transmission or the CVT. The Limited only comes with 2.4-liter I-4. All the 4×4 variants only offer the 2.4-liter I-4, but all offer either the 5-speed manual or the CVT.

Compass 4×4 comes with four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), curtain first and second row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, traction control, stability control, four-wheel drive. Compass 4×2 is roughly the same but has front disc brakes, rear drums. Front seat side airbags are optional.

Limited 4×4: 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Limited 4×2: 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Latitude 4×4: 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Latitude 4×2: 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Sport 4×4: 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Sport 4×2: 23mpg city/29mpg highway

  • Low price
  • Optional flip-down tailgate speakers
  • Rather cheap interior
  • Noisy drivetrain
  • Minimal off-road capabilities
  • Drum brakes

No real sport or utility


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