Sunday, September 12, 2010

2010 Jeep Compass Overview

The 2010 Jeep Compass gets an available five-speed manual transmission for its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

2010 Jeep Compass Vehicle Overview
The 2010 "Jeep Compass" is a five-passenger compact SUV available in Sport and Limited trim levels. Standard equipment on the Compass Sport includes 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, foglamps, air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel and a four-speaker stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Jeep Compass, while a four-wheel-drive system is optional. It operates in front-wheel-drive mode in normal situations and automatically applies power to the rear wheels when needed. Every Compass comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. The manual or front-wheel drive improves these numbers by a few mpg.

Optional on the front-wheel-drive Compass Sport only is a less powerful but more-fuel-efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Front-seat side airbags are optional. In government crash tests, the 2010 Jeep Compass received four out of five stars for frontal-impact crash protection and five stars for side-impact protection. When equipped with front side airbags, the "Jeep Compass" received the best rating of "Good" in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's side-impact crash test, but a Jeep Compass without the side airbags got the second-worst "Marginal" rating.

Seats are somewhat less than comfortable, and the Jeep Compass fixed rear head restraints and wide rear roof pillars obstruct rear visibility.

The rear seatbacks fold flat, and fold-flat capability for the front passenger seatback (standard on Limited, optional on Sport) allows you to carry longer items inside the vehicle.
The 2010 Jeep Compass ranks 24 out of 24 Affordable Compact SUVs. Jeep's first and only crossover vehicle, the Compass, is a smooth-riding, affordable option within the compact SUV class. The 2010 Jeep Compass' strong points are its fuel economy and affordable price. The Jeep's roughly $18,000 base price makes it one of the cheapest vehicles in its class.

Unfortunately, the Jeep's good points end there. Unlike every other Jeep, it doesn't have off-road capabilities or boxy Jeep styling. If you're interested in the Jeep Compass, check out these Jeep deals for the latest incentives.

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