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Car Review: 2014 Jeep Compass Limited 4 x 4

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As the Jeep brand continues to grow, there appears to be a Jeep for just about every lifestyle. Delivering the packaging and interior flexibility of an SUV with the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car, the 2014 Jeep Compass delivers for those wanting a little less size than traditional Jeeps. After driving the 2014 Jeep Compass Limited 4×4 for a week, we learned that the Compass offers an array of clever features that consumers will appreciate, whether commuting to work, driving in challenging weather conditions, or exploring new trails or out-of-the-way places.

EXTERIOR

The exterior of the 2014 Jeep Compass has been refined with specific updates that move the design forward. At the front of the Jeep Compass North and Limited models, the grille has been enhanced with a plated upper grille trim and in-color billet silver grille texture. The halogen headlamps now have a black inner bezel on the Sport and North models, and the Limited models have projector halogen headlamps with a black inner bezel and chrome fog lamp bezels. The Jeep Compass also features painted mirror caps, tail lamps with a new “smoked” inner bezel, a plated chrome insert on the tailgate trim applique, new available 18-inch aluminum wheels on Limited models, and a new plated chrome insert with a recessed “Jeep” badge on the tailgate trim applique for models equipped with the available Rear Backup Camera. Our deep cherry red crystal pearl coat test model boasted features such as high beam daytime running headlamps, 18-inch aluminum wheels, power heated mirrors with manual fold away, bi-function halogen projector headlamp, premium fog lamps, deep tint sunscreen glass and acoustic windshield.

INTERIOR

As sharp as the exterior design is on the 2014 Jeep Compass Limited 4×4, the cabin is what really impressed us the most. For the 2014 model year, the Jeep Compass interior has been tastefully upgraded with accents and a trim that customers will appreciate. Upgraded features include a new interior trim option in the Jeep Compass Limited model as tested saddle brown perforated leather-faced seating with accent stitching. We found these leather seats to be extremely comfortable and stylish for any vehicle regardless of price! The North model includes a new sport mesh and vinyl seat with light grey accent stitching, and the light pebble beige trim features a new tangerine accent stitch on the seats. In addition, the armrests and center console lid are now wrapped in vinyl and the instrument cluster overlay graphics have been updated.

New satin chrome finish adorns the center bezel, shifter bezel, pull cups, and a new bin applique with badge round out the interior design upgrades. This satin chrome finish takes the whole interior to another level with just the right touch. We also enjoyed features such as air conditioning with automatic temperature control, heated front seats, power 6-way driver’s seat, electronic vehicle information center, 6.5-inch touchscreen with rearview camera, Uconnect 430 CD/DVD/MP3/HDD, audio jack input for mobile devices, SiriusXM satellite radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel, tilt steering column, remote start system, voice command with Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, 115 volt auxiliary power outlet, auto dimming rearview mirror and full-length floor console.

As sleek as the interior might be, this is still a Jeep and the Compass delivers when it comes to storage space and comfort.

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PERFORMANCE

The proven 2.4-liter I-4 World Engine produces 172 hp and 165 lb.-ft. and is available on all models and standard on the Limited. This 2.4-litre World Engine has dual variable-valve timing (VVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts, which helps optimize the torque curve at all speeds and produces more power, better fuel economy and smoother, quieter operation than engines without dual VVT. The Jeep Compass’ 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transaxle in front-wheel drive configuration delivers 21mpg in the city and 27mpg on the highway.

There is more than enough power for both city and off-road driving, coupled with the fuel efficiency one would expect from a Jeep. That 4×4 Jeep system also gives you the confidence to plow through tough driving conditions, including those nasty winter days in the Midwest! With a 0.77 sixth gear, engine rpm is significantly reduced at highway speeds for optimal fuel efficiency. The stepped shift schedule across all six gears is designed for optimal fuel economy in city driving as well. Customers will notice extremely quiet operation throughout the gear ranges with the use of noise resistant gears that effectively reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The new six-speed transmission also helps reduce maintenance costs and the cost of ownership with its fill-for-life design. There is no transmission dipstick, and transmission filter or fluid changes are not required under normal driving conditions. Low-viscosity fluid is used to improve fuel economy by enabling quicker operating temperatures on the transmission to reduce drag on internal components.

OVERVIEW

Getting to know the 2014 Jeep Compass Limited 4×4 brought a newfound respect for this compact SUV that is as capable as one could ask for when shopping for a 4×4 vehicle. As usual, Jeep is also very competitive in pricing, with the Compass Limited coming in at $30,075 as tested. That is a pretty loaded SUV for 30k, and in our book, that is a value play. Style and comfort are much improved, as the Compass is much more refined than previous models in just about every aspect.

  

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