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2014 Jeep Compass, 2014 Jeep Patriot Shed CVT, Add Refinements

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In the 2014 Jeep Compass and 2014 Jeep Patriot, the CVT is history. And because of that, we think both of these models are worth giving a second look if you’ve previously taken note of their rugged good looks and city-sized compact-car sensibilities.

This bears some explanation. The Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot don’t look much alike, but they share nearly all of their underpinnings. And throughout these two models’ seven-year history on the market up until now, we’ve from the beginning singled out a key weakness: that dreaded continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). While models with the base five-speed manual have been decent, there’s been something about the combination of Chrysler’s already somewhat coarse and vocal 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter four-cylinder World Engines, combined with the tendency of CVTs to keep revs in a near-constant range during acceleration. What results has been a cabin with too much engine noise—even for an inexpensive vehicle.

For 2014, these models both get a six-speed automatic transmission replacing the CVT; Jeep notes that it has a wide ratio spread that should result in quick takeoffs and relaxed highway cruising—and EPA highway ratings range up to 30 mpg.

To complement that, both models get other minor improvements for refinement and noise insulation; the Compass gets an acoustic windshield, along with a number of small but significant upgrades inside and out.

As before, both of these models can be optioned up with more than the customary road-oriented all-wheel drive. Get the top Freedom Drive II system and you have a true off-road-capable four-wheel drive system, with heavy-duty hardware and skid plates.

See our full review pages on both the 2014 Jeep Compass and 2014 Jeep Patriot for more details. These new models will start arriving at dealerships in the second quarter of 2013.


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  1. These are important vehicles for Jeep, make no mistake. They bring the Jeep nameplate to an significant market segment, they give Jeep a vehicle with tremendous global sales potential and they are a way for aspiring Jeep fans, who like the rugged look but are urban dwellers or financially not yet in the position to get a Grand Cherokee, to drive a real Jeep.
    This significant improvement to these Jeeps will solidify Jeep in this segment, provid evidence that Jeep can make quick. short term changes to improve the product, further build a loyal nameplate following, and pave the way for the next generation Jeeps now in development with Fiat influence.
    It's true these Jeeps are important now and for the future.
     
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  2. Your giving the impression that the CVT is completely gone. It is not, the CVT is standard with the FWD and AWD Freedom Drive II options. Only the AWD Freedom Drive I system gets the 6 speed automatic.
     
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