Jeep Compass - Jeff’s First and Only Crossover Vehicle

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The 2010 Jeep Compass is Jeff's first crossover vehicle; it is also a smooth riding, affordable option within the compact SUV class. The 2010 Compass' strong points are its fuel economy and affordable price. The Compass, along with the Patriot, is one Jeep's most efficient vehicles and sits near the top of its class with a 23/28 mpg city/highway, EPA fuel economy rating. Those were sadly the Compass' only positive points.

Unlike every other Jeep, the Compass doesn't have off-road capabilities or boxy Jeep styling. The Compass' crossover roots and curvy lines are a disappoint-ment to many, as are the cheap materials used inside. The 2010 Compass is available in two trims: the base Sport and the Limited; both in either front wheel or all wheel drive. Both trims also come with a 2.4-liter inline four cylinder engine that produces 172 horsepower. A less powerful 2.0-liter 158 horsepower I4 is available as a credit option on base models only.

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The Compass is sluggish in passing maneuvers, even with the larger engine. A five speed manual transmission is standard, while a Continuously Variable Transaxle II transmission is optional. The Compass' 2009 redesign did help it come on par with some competitors, but not fully. The cabin's front seats are also comfortable, but there is a low amount of cargo space. The rear seats too are not as inviting as the front seats, but in the Limited trim the rear seats recline and leather upholstery is standard.

The 2010 Compass' features list is also rather sparse. The base Sport model comes standard with manual door locks and windows as well as a tilt steering column. The Limited model adds power winders and door locks, Sirius satellite radio, a leather wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls, and remote keyless entry.

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