The Jeep Compass has been around, mostly unchanged, since the 2007 model year; but in 2011 Jeep took a big step toward righting the homely awkwardness of the original Compass design—although the boxy wheelwell outline and out-of-proportion upkick in the rear flanks remain. On the outside, the new 'mini-Grand-Cherokee' look succeeds as a whole, and the result is a vehicle that still has some awkward angles yet fits much better into the market today than when it was first introduced.
That last retouch—sort of a 'lite' version of the revamp given to Chrysler's other vehicles in recent years—simply wasn't enough to overcome the rather low-rent look and feel of the cabin, however. Upholsteries and trims were revamped then, with available Saddle Brown perforated leather upholstery with accent stitching, for instance, or a new sport mesh-and-vinyl with accent stitching. Overall, it's a straightforward and functional look—and it's appealing in appearance if not always touch.
Separately for 2014, the Compass gets a Billet Silver textured grille in its Sport and Latitude trims, while Limited models get new projector halogen lamps with black and chrome bezels; taillamps get a new ‘smoked’ inner bezel.