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2009 Jeep Compass disappoints at every turn

Even the option of UConnect doesn't do much to overcome the bad first impression made by the Jeep Compass' chintzy interior and poor performance.

2009 Jeep Compass Sport
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The 2009 Jeep Compass is available with a cabin tech package that we've come to love: Chrysler's UConnect system. With hard drive-based navigation and media storage, there's a lot to like about the UConnect suite.

Unfortunately, our Compass was equipped with none of this tech and without that UConnect package, there's not much to like about the Compass. Power delivery was pathetic as the Jeep's 2.4-liter engine struggled to keep up with the vehicle's heft. Handling was also disappointing, despite the fact that our Compass was an all-wheel drive model.

Suffice it to say that we didn't enjoy our time with the Compass. Even the full-blown UConnect package wouldn't change our minds about that.

Take a closer look at the 2009 Jeep Compass Sport 4X4.