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QUALITY | 5 out of 10
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.
There's still no telescoping adjustment for the tilt steering wheel, the switches and buttons look and feel ancient, and the outdated, low-resolution multimedia system and gauges scream "Old Jeep."
Although the 2014 Jeep Compass has seen some significant suspension change, the Compass’s cabin design otherwise stays the same—meaning that you should expect the same ride, which is a bit on the harsh side, and a bit more like that of a small car than other compact crossovers.
From the driver's seat, the Compass feels like a small car—one that rides several inches higher than it otherwise would. It merely does the job with respect to seat comfort (and we don’t see that the seat design itself is different in the 2014); the rear bench in particular is one of the hardest, flattest ones we've tested in such a vehicle. And there’s not all that much cargo space behind the rear seats.
All models also now get acoustic laminated front windshield glass, which should incrementally help tamp down this model’s ongoing issues with engine noise.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.
The cabin of the Compass is sorely lacking in flair and refinement, though it hits the mark for functionality.