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STYLING | 6 out of 10
Kelley Blue Book
Lacks the overall refinement...especially in interior decor
The 2009 Jeep Compass has an uncharacteristic style that’s not pleasing to most reviewers. Editors at The CarConnection.com prefer the exterior styling of the Patriot to the 2009 Jeep Compass. Inside, the interior is stark, but purposeful.
The exterior style of the Jeep Compass shares some elements with the entire 2009 Jeep line, including round headlights and the familiar slotted vertical grille. Most viewing angles will reveal uncharacteristically rounded corners and some bloated proportions that are "unusual" and "not rugged," according to Edmunds; "Jeep Modern" is the phrase chosen by Kelley Blue Book. Cars.com mentions that the aluminum trim pieces on the bumpers and doors help distinguish the Jeep Compass from the other small crossovers in the segment. The Jeep Compass shares its architecture with the Dodge Caliber and the Jeep Patriot. Of the Jeep variants, Kelley Blue Book characterizes the Compass as suited to the buyer looking for a more carlike small SUV and says the 2009 Jeep Compass "looks exactly like what it is—a cross between a station wagon and a sport utility vehicle, made by Jeep."
The 2009 Compass has bargain-basement interior styling like its Patriot and Caliber cousins. Vast quantities of hard plastic lead the editors of Edmunds to describe the cabin of the 2009 Jeep Compass as "less inviting" than its Japanese and Korean rivals, a sentiment shared by ConsumerGuide. Cars.com finds more metallic accents, with standard chrome accents added to the door locks, door handles, and radio knobs, which give a little pizzazz to the Compass. Jeep equips the Compass with a two-tone interior as well, to help break up the monotony created by a monochrome interior. Kelley Blue Book has nothing bad to say about the interior, simply referring to it as "contemporarily styled" and "straightforward" in design.
With more rounded corners and a carlike appearance, the 2009 Jeep Compass is a softer version of the Jeep Patriot.