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The Compass receives an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission, but only on the front-drive and 4x4 Freedom Drive I models. More tweaks to the interior and exterior help somewhat, as do new safety features like standard front seat side airbags and an available rear backup camera.
The least traditional of Jeeps launched at the most fortuitous of times. Usually, the arrival of a car-like, street-oriented, front-wheel-drive vehicle like Compass from Jeep would have off-road purists scratching their heads, especially since it's accompanied by a more traditional, truck-like model (Patriot) that will sell for about the same price.
While Jeep has made great strides with the exterior and interior enhancement for the 2014 Compass, its overall appeal still falls short of the benchmarks set by the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Subaru Forester. Wearing the "Trail Rated" badge may impress some, but true Jeep aficionados know this little crossover SUV can't keep up with its big brothers, the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. Riding atop an aging platform, the Compass doesn't deliver the same ride and handling found in many newer products, and although Jeep has addressed part of the performance issue with a new 6-speed automatic transmission, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) remains on 4WD Compass models with Freedom Drive II, the most desirable of the off-road systems.
By darksky on Friday, April 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "looks good. sound system is great"
Cons: "transmission is not smooth. high noise level."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Poor quality on interior, had to replace plastics on RT side of passenger seat 3 times..road sounds are very high..transmission has tendency to bounce when in heavy traffic..padding on driver door bubbles when weather is warm."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Chris on Monday, July 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fuel mileage, very quiet engine, supportive seats."
Cons: "Needs better oem tires, lousey in snow"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is the 3rd Jeep my wife and I have owned, previously a 1990 Cherokee, 2007 Liberty, and I have to say that so far this is the best. 30mpg, descent power(not a race car), good interior room. I am 6ft and 350lbs and I am very comfortable in both the drivers and passenger seats."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Tom on Sunday, June 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Drives great, gas mileage , ammenities."
Cons: "could use a better rear wiper."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"After looking at and driving other midsized SUVs,I was amazed at the driving dynamics of the Compass. It actually drives more like a car than an SUV.Coming from a Chevy Equinox to this, the mileage was incredible at 31 hwy and feels like there is more usable room..Compared directly against the Hyundai Tucson it just felt much more secure on the road. You don't feel as though your sitting over the tires and the is much less body lean. It was more roomy than the Crosstrek for less money snd quiter thsn the Escspe.Well satisfied for the price!"
9 people out of 12 found this review helpful