Front active head restraints, electronic stability control, and Hill Start Assist are standard on all models of the 2014 Compass. But with worrisome frontal results from the federal government and no updated IIHS rating, there are too many unanswered questions about occupant safety to say it's one of the top safety picks.
Of the two agencies that crash-test vehicles in the U.S., only the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) retains ratings for the Compass, and it earns a lackluster three stars for frontal impact.
Although there aren't any ratings for the Compass from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the very closely related Patriot has earned top 'good' ratings in all categories—as well as Top Safety Pick status. We see that as one positive counter to that federal rating—although the Patriot did get a bottom-of-the-barrel 'poor' rating in the new IIHS small overlap frontal impact test.
Side curtain airbags, Brake Traction Control, Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation, front-seat side airbags, active head restraints, and a driver-controlled three-mode Electronic Stability Program (ESP) are all included as standard features, as is an anti-lock braking system with rough-road detection.You'll want to check outward visibility during lane changes and parking—it's not horrible, but some drivers will find the lower seating position and high beltline difficult.