2009 Jeep Compass Auto Review

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Jeep Compass

2009 Jeep Compass

A Jeep for the urban jungle

James M. Flammang on 07.24.2009

Hardened Jeep fans had few kind words about the Compass when it debuted as a 2007 model. Potential owners who liked the idea of a Jeep, but had no need for ambitious off-road capabilities, adopted a more favorable view. Meant to attract this new breed of Jeep buyer, Compass was the first of three new models launched for 2007, including the more traditional-looking Patriot.

Compass buyers with active lifestyles likely knew about Jeeps, but never had one before-or even wanted one. They all wanted the confidence that comes with an SUV, said Michael Berube, who headed Jeep marketing during the Compass’s initial media presentation.

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Jeep Compass

Full-length roof rails are standard, along with a high rear spoiler and clamshell hood. Rigid vinyl cargo-area flooring removes and washes easily. The standard 60/40-split rear seatback reclines in Limited models.

Standard safety features include curtain-type airbags, plus all-disc antilock braking with rough-road detection (which alters braking effect) and electronic roll mitigation. The three-mode Electronic Stability Program can be set to full-on, semi-on, or full-off.

Ride quality is quite lovely on glassy-smooth roads. Moderate bumps and holes undeniably interfere with ride comfort, but a Compass behaves quite well on gravel surfaces. Rather light steering is accompanied by easy maneuverability. The Compass takes curves without excessive body lean, though it’s not absent, either.

Road noise can annoy on certain surfaces.

Fuel economy is a strong point. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives manual-shift models with either 2WD or AWD an estimate of 23 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway. With the CVT, estimates dip to 21/25 mpg for 2WD and 21/24 mpg with AWD.

A Sport model with the smaller engine and CVT gets a 23/27 mpg estimate.

Despite its limitations, this Jeep qualifies as a generally enjoyable vehicle. Compass competes against a group of small crossover-type SUVs, including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage, and Hyundai Tucson. Target buyers are in their late 20s, likely making their first new-vehicle purchase.

Prices start at $19,095 (including the $630 destination charge) for a Sport model with front-drive and a manual transmission. The continuously variable transmission adds $1,100. An all-wheel-drive Limited model with manual shift stickers for $25,205. A navigation system and Rallye Group package are available. (www.jeep.com)

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