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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Drivers must deal with rear quarter blind spots”
Kelley Blue Book
Four stars, front impact--driver and passenger; five stars, side impact--driver, passenger, and rear passenger
The 2009 Jeep Compass has good standard safety features and crash-test ratings, but poor driver visibility.
Although the Compass has not been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2009 Jeep Compass receives four of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on front impact protection for the driver and passenger as well as rollover resistance (both 2WD and 4WD). The Jeep Compass receives five stars for side-impact protection for both driver and rear passengers.
Sharing the same platform as the Jeep Compass and Patriot is the Dodge Caliber, which receives a "good" rating for the frontal offset crash test and a "marginal" rating for both the side impact and rear crash protection tests. It is likely that the Jeep Compass will have a similar IIHS rating, but this is not yet confirmed.
Jeep equips the Compass with stability control and full-length side curtain airbags, both of which Edmunds refers to as "important safety features." Kelley Blue Book says traction control is standard. Side airbags are an option on the Compass. The 2009 Compass also has many standard safety features like ABS, front airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
ConsumerGuide notes faults with visibility, saying, "Visibility to front corners and over-the-shoulder is impeded by thick roof pillars, and to the rear by tall headrests." Kelley Blue Book finds the rear view most obscured, warning, "Drivers must deal with rear quarter blind spots."
TheCarConnection.com scores the 2009 Jeep Compass slightly harsher than the similar 2009 Jeep Patriot due to a lower crash-test rating for the front passenger.