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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
All-wheel drive wrapped in the comfort and roadability of a car
Kelley Blue Book
The Compass does have 4x4 with a lockable differential
The 2009 Jeep Compass has a broad range of up-to-date features—including some especially innovative ones such as tailgate speakers—though it loses points because most of the desirable features are added-cost options.
Although Edmunds describes the base Jeep Compass as pretty basic, they point to the MP3 player input jack as a nicety. Motor Trend likes the sporty 17-inch aluminum wheels, which are much more desirable than styled steel wheels or wheel covers that adorn some other base models. Although standard equipment on this 2009 Jeep omits some of the features of its peers such as power windows, it does come with some unconventional items.
A notable feature in the Jeep Compass is the redesigned center console with a split lid, adding storage space for items such as MP3 players or cell phones—handy for all the iPhone fans. Motor Trend deems this feature "excellent" and says their editor's iPods and Treos fit the area perfectly, but larger devices such as the BlackBerry might not. When it comes to options, however, Edmunds is impressed with the Limited model, which includes leather upholstery and seat heaters. This trim level also offers a navigation system. There are many available options for both the Sport and Limited. Both trim levels can be outfitted with Bluetooth and upgraded audio, which features Boston Acoustic speakers and a speaker bar that can swivel down for tailgate parties.
The 2009 Jeep Compass has a good—but not great—set of standard features, though its options list is vast.