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QUALITY | 5 out of 10
The 2.4-liter engine in our Latitude model was unrefined not only in its feel, but also its sound.
New materials on the door panel and a new armrest go a long way toward improving the otherwise unchanged interior
Edmunds' Inside Line
cramped rear seats
The door panels and center armrest now feature soft-touch surfaces in place of hard plastic.
From the driver's seat, the 2013 Compass feels like a small car—one that rides several inches higher than it otherwise would. And while it's a roomy vehicle with a versatile layout, considering its very compact exterior, cargo space is surprisingly limited and refinement is lacking.
That said, the packaging is quite good. The interior is well laid-out and comes with a number of innovative features, like a rechargeable flashlight and outward-facing tailgate speakers. But due to seats that fall short on comfort and support, the Compass merely does the job; the rear bench in particular is one of the hardest, flattest ones we've tested in such a vehicle.
Cargo space is limited—both because the cargo floor is surprisingly high, and simply because there isn't much space behind the rear seats.
Ride quality is on the harsh side, but harder impacts and harder cornering bring out a softness and bouncing that's not always welcome. Chrysler has made several attempts to tamp down engine noise, but it's still one of the louder vehicles in this class from inside the cabin.
The cabin of the Compass is sorely lacking in flair and refinement, though it hits the mark for functionality.