For four adults, the Compass's interior does the job; seats tend to be quite short and lacking in support, so it's no long-haul highway cruiser, but the driving position is upright yet quite carlike. In back there's enough headroom for most adults (although legroom is a bit tight), and the bench is among the hardest, flattest ones we've tested. While there are plenty of cubbies and bins for stashing small items, cargo space remains limited. There just isn't much space behind the back seats, and the cargo floor is a bit higher than you might expect.
The Compass gets soft-touch surfaces for the door panels for 2011, plus all-new upholsteries and new backlit door switches and window controls. Despite Chrysler's efforts, switchgear still feels on the cheap side, though the new details do slightly improve first impressions.
While the 2011 Compass has a decent, albeit slightly pitchy ride, it remains near the back of the pack in refinement. Chrysler has added more noise insulation to the Compass over the years, which has helped reduce road and wind noise, but a surprisingly high level of engine noise and coarseness still enters the cabin when accelerating.