2014 Jeep Compass

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2014 Jeep Compass
2014 Jeep Compass

New For 2014

Jeep finally gives the Compass a traditional six-speed automatic transmission for 2014. Unfortunately, the Freedom Drive II all-wheel-drive system isn't available with the new transmission, so buyers looking for the most capable 2014 Jeep Compass for off-roading will be forced to live with the CVT we've panned for the past few years. At least the Jeep Compass now includes standard front-seat-mounted airbags for 2014.

Vehicle Summary

The Jeep Compass has had a rough life since it was introduced in 2006 as a 2007 model. A compromised front-wheel-drive platform underpins the Compass and its Patriot twin, which never resonated very well with Jeep loyalists. Jeep has provided significant updates to the Compass since 2011, but it's still one of the least exciting vehicles on the market. Although we're not big fans of the 2014 Jeep Compass, it has grown to be a handsome and surprisingly capable off-road vehicle when properly equipped. If nothing else, the well-documented shortcomings of the Compass should make it easy to haggle with a salesperson for a hefty discount over the optimistic sticker price. Those content to live without a Jeep badge in their garage would be better served by a Kia Sportage or even a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.


The 2014 Jeep Compass is a fitting swan song. This poor model soldiered on for six years with miserable continuously variable transmissions and rough, unrefined engines. Now there's a proper automatic transmission to be had, handsome exterior looks, and a surprisingly nice interior. Despite all of those improvements, the Compass still feels like too little, too late when compared to other small crossovers. No matter how much polish is applied to the package, the Compass is built around an old platform that wasn't highly competitive when it was new.

While we generally dislike the 2014 Jeep Compass, we're impressed that Jeep keeps updating this model. A minor face-lift and the optional six-speed automatic transmission are the primary changes for 2014. After years of incremental upgrades, the Compass now comes standard with side airbags for the front and rear seats, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, air-conditioning, power windows and locks, keyless entry, cruise control, foglights, illuminated cupholders, a rechargeable flashlight with integrated holder, an exterior temperature display, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat.

When equipped with the optional Freedom Drive II 4x4 off-road package, the Compass earns Jeep's Trail Rated badge. That package includes a CVT with an off-road-friendly low range, seventeen-inch all-terrain tires, an inch higher ride height, skid plates, tow hooks, and a full-size spare tire. Although the Compass will never match the Wrangler's off-road credentials, it will still tackle more extreme terrain than most owners can stomach with the Freedom Drive II package.

You'll like:

  • Looks like a baby Grand Cherokee
  • Surprisingly nice interior
  • Up to 30 mpg on the highway

You won't like:

  • Best AWD system still uses a CVT
  • Not very quiet
  • Least credible Jeep

Key Competitors

  • Fiat 500L
  • Kia Sportage
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
  • Toyota RAV4
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With winter still exerting its chilly wrath across much of the country, many car shoppers want one key feature in a new car: all-wheel drive (AWD). With power delivered to all four wheels, there’s a better chance of getting traction in ice, snow, and slush. While we'd advise that fitting any car with winter tires can improve your cold-weather driving experience, an all-wheel-drive car does improve the chances of avoiding a costly bill from a friendly tow-truck. Fortunately, buying a car with all-wheel drive doesn't have to break the budget, as we’ve proven here with a list of the ten most affordable cars with AWD. We’ve focused on user-friendly cars and crossovers with full-time AWD, so you won’t find any trucks with off-road-style, part-time four-wheel-drive systems.
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Although Fiat came to Chrysler's rescue several years ago, the partnership's American side is coming to the aid of the old country, leveraging the global popularity of the Jeep brand in particular to more effectively utilize the surplus production capacity at Fiat's plants in Italy. An aggressive global export plan will see plants in Italy, Serbia and Turkey dedicate 15 percent of their capacity to building models destined for export, according to Automotive News.
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We know what you’re thinking: Didn’t Chrysler just update both of its compact Jeep models for the 2011 model year? Indeed it did, but the automaker has a few more tricks up its sleeve for the 2014 Jeep Compass and 2014 Jeep Patriot.

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2014 Jeep Compass Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
23 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
158 hp @ 6400rpm
141 ft lb of torque @ 5000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200, and model year 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles equipped with 2.4L engines. Due to abrasive debris in the balance shaft bearings, these engines may have a loss of engine oil pressure, possibly resulting in an engine stall or engine failure.
If the engine stalls while driving it may increase the risk of a crash.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine balance shaft module, free of charge. The recall began on December 24, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N52.
Potential Units Affected
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NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
IIHS Front Small Overlap

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