in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $10,150 - $13,680
Original MSRP: $18,465 - $24,575
MPG: 23 City / 28 Hwy
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2009 Jeep Compass Interior

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While the 2008 Jeep's cabin almost universally failed to impress reviewers, design and quality modifications for 2009 are helping to boost its image. Also, thanks to better sound deadening, road noise is no longer as intrusive.

  • "Dash materials are now smoother in both texture and in shape, while the driver's armrest is now suitable for actually resting one's arm. However, this takes the Compass from awful to passable -- almost every competitor still offers a more welcoming environment." -- Edmunds
  • "Though I had no qualms with the technological advancements of the outgoing Compass' engine range, one complaint I did have was with noise. Jeep's engineers worked on improving the sound deadening behind the new dash and around the floor panels in the '09 model to make the vehicle quieter. Indeed, under full throttle this tester's 2.4-liter inline-four seemed more refined than the one I drove last season." -- Automobile.com


The majority of reviewers find the Compass' front seats especially comfortable and roomy. The rear seats, however, are not as inviting.

  • "The tight back seat feels claustrophobic." -- Arizona Republic
  • "The seats are high for good visibility, and getting in and out is easy." -- Kansas City Star
  • "Six-footers fit easily up front." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Backseat passengers praised the Compass' rear leg room, but complained that the seats were uncomfortable. The Compass Limited is available with leather seating surfaces, which does a little to class-up the interior." -- CNET

Interior Features

With new standard features last year and a mild interior redesign for 2009, the Jeep Compass' cabin has come a long way. But when it comes to interior quality, it still can't measure up to top competitors.

  • "Though the HVAC controls and the steering wheel remain the same, Jeep's designers came up with a brand new dashboard and door panel design that not only represent an improvement in appearance, but in quality as well. Nearly all of the materials used remain hard plastic, but they're of a better grade and offer reduced sheen." -- Automobile.com
  • "A nice touch is the host of surprise-and-delight features you also don't expect in an entry-level compact." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Standard interior materials are synthetic, but with a pleasant modern design. The instruments are easy to see in all light." -- The Auto Channel
  • "The Compass' driver will find himself in a cabin that is composed of materials that feel well below the crossover's $19,495 base price, which is saying a lot. Cheap plastics and coarse fabric abound and every surface feels hollow to the touch." -- CNET


A few reviewers aren't too pleased with the cargo capacity inside the Compass, but the majority praises the cargo area's vinyl plastic floor.

  • "Also, the cargo area now features an easy-to-clean carpeted floor in place of easy-to-clean rigid plastic." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Compass is just adequate for cargo, and here's where those comparisons to the CR-V and RAV4 fall apart." -- Cars.com
  • "The cabin is roomy and full of storage cubbies..." -- Automobile Magazine

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