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STYLING | 6 out of 10
Lacks the overall refinement...especially in interior decor
Kelley Blue Book
it's a tad ugly
When it comes to styling, we realize that nothing is ever really objective. That said, there is a general consensus that the 2010 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 2010 Jeep Compass.
The exterior style of the Jeep Compass shares some elements with the entire 2010 Jeep line, including round headlights and the familiar slotted "waterfall" vertical grille. Unlike other Jeeps, however, 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. The Washington Post is less diplomatic, calling the car a "tad ugly." 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. Compared to the more rough-and-tumble Jeep Patriot, the Compass is better suited to the buyer seeking a more carlike small SUV, says Kelley Blue Book, adding that the 2010 Jeep Compass "looks exactly like what it is—a cross between a station wagon and a sport utility vehicle, made by Jeep."
Last year, Chrysler tried to spruce up the Compass, which is a good thing since it was a little drab inside. These updates included a redesigned instrument panel with a smoother look and chrome accents, an updated center console with a split lid for added storage space, and door trim panels featuring padded armrests. Still, vast quantities of hard plastic lead the editors of Edmunds to describe the cabin of the 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 pizazz to the Compass. Jeep equips the Compass with a two-tone interior as well, which helps 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.
Despite its Jeep-like face, the Compass deviates from Jeep's traditionally rugged styling.