Changes for the 2014 Jeep Compass:
For 2014, Jeep makes a surprising number of modifications to a vehicle nearing the end of the road. Exterior trim revisions, a new acoustic windshield for a quieter cabin, new available projector-beam headlights, and larger 18-inch aluminum wheels debut for 2014.
Inside, the Compass gets standard side-impact airbags, and offers new seat fabrics, accent stitching, revised instrumentation, and additional soft-touch surfaces. Metal-look trim gives the interior a more upscale appearance, and Saddle Brown perforated leather is a new option for the Compass Limited. A reversing camera is also optional this year.
Finally, a new 6-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous continuously variable transmission (CVT) on all versions except for those equipped with the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package.
The 2014 Jeep Compass is offered in Sport, Latitude, and Limited trim levels. Latitude models add 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated front seats, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a fold-flat front passenger’s seat, and a handful of additional upgrades. Limited models are nicely equipped with leather, automatic climate control, an upgraded audio system, a power driver’s seat, better brakes, and bigger 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Options, depending the model, include a reversing camera, a navigation system, Uconnect smartphone pairing technology, a power sunroof, and a premium sound system with rear liftgate speakers that articulate down to share the music with whatever outdoor gathering is happening within earshot of the Compass.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Sport and Latitude models, delivering 158 horsepower and 141 lb.-ft. of torque to the Jeep’s front wheels. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard for the Compass Sport, with a new 6-speed automatic included for the Compass Latitude.
Standard for the Compass Limited and optional for the Compass Latitude, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine provides 172 horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard with this engine unless the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is ordered. Those “Trail Rated” versions of the Compass have a continuously variable transmission (CVT) specially designed for use with that 4-wheel-drive system.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
A Compass Sport with front-wheel drive and a manual transmission returns 26 mpg in combined driving. Add the automatic, and that number drops to 24 mpg. Equip the Compass with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, and expect 24 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on transmission choice.
The bigger engine is the only one offered with 4-wheel drive. So equipped, the Compass is rated to get 25 mpg with the manual, 23 mpg with the automatic, and 21 mpg with the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package.
Crash-test ratings for the 2014 Compass are scarce. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested this model, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates side-impact performance at 3 stars and rollover resistance at 4 stars. The NHTSA offers no frontal-impact test result.
Other than a navigation system, a reversing camera, and Uconnect Bluetooth connectivity, there isn’t much to discuss in the way of technology.
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