2014 Jeep Compass

MSRP $18,695 - $27,995

Ranked #7 in Suv

7.8

Overall Rating

2014 Jeep Compass Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2014 Jeep Compass belongs to the compact budget crossover SUV, a segment where all brands are trying their luck to get the most sales and Jeep is no different. The segment demands good performance, comfortable interiors, good looks, and good fuel economy and in an attempt to launch such a vehicle, Jeep has given its Compass some cosmetic changes and transmission tweaks for the latest model year. 

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Pros

Priced affordably

Good comfort in the front row

Basic off-road capabilities

Flip-down tailgate speakers 

Cons

Sluggish engine

Noisy cabin

Uncomfortable rear seats

Impractical storage spaces

What's New?

Some cosmetic changes

A 6-speed automatic 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$18695

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

111 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

158 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

141 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

103.7 in.

length

175.1 in.

width

71.4 in.

height

65 in.

curb weight

3097 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

925 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

408 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sport$18,695 onwards

Sport 2.4$20,695 onwards

Latitude$22,495 onwards

Latitude 2.4$24,495 onwards

Limited$25,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Jeep Compass in Black Clear Coat color
Black Clear Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


This car has two different engine options - a naturally aspirated 2.0L inline-four which comes as standard and the other one is 2.4L inline-four. The compass is made available in a 5-speed manual (as standard), a CVT, and a 6-speed automatic transmission (optional). That said, the crossover has an amazing off-roading prowess and goes against the likes of the Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V. 


8.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2014 Jeep Compass Features

8.5/10

The 2014 Jeep Compass is offered in three trims: the Sport, Latitude, and Limited. The base trim of this car gets the 16-inch alloy wheels, a tilt-only steering wheel, fog lights, cruise controls, and a four-speaker audio system. This base trim is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard. All the features mentioned above are loaded in the upper two variants with some other premium features like 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, and much more. Categorization of the trims has been done in the table given below:

Model

Sport

Latitude

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$18,795

$22,595

$25,995

MSRP (AWD)

$20,795

$24,595

$27,995

Key Features

16-inch alloy wheels

17-inch wheel with AWD

18-inch wheels

 

Cruise controls

Chrome exterior and interior accents

Driver info display

 

Air conditioning

Height-adjustable driver seat

Automatic climate control

 

Tilt steering wheel 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel 

auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

Four speaker system

Steering mounted audio controls

6.5-inch touchscreen display

 

60/40 rear seats split

fold-flat front passenger seat 

Rearview camera

 

CD player

 

HD & satellite radio

 

16-inch alloy wheels

   

We Recommend

If someone is thinking about opting for this car, then better go with the AWD drivetrain. Choose the Latitude trim of this vehicle with an optional 6-speed automatic gearbox this trim gives the most value for money. If you want some cool features like 18-inch wheels, a six-way power driver seat, sunroof, and leather upholstery then add the High Altitude Edition package to this trim. 

2014 Jeep Compass Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2014 Compass has a 2.0L Inline-4 that is provided as a standard powerhouse by the Jeep, this engine delivers 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. Jeep has also offered the 2.4L Inline-4 for people who want more power from their car, this engine churns out 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. Besides all these engine options, the car has two drive train options, front-wheel drive which is a standard feature, and all-wheel drive (optional package). To make the ride more comfortable the car gets a CVT and a 6-speed automatic gearbox in upper trims.

Despite the optional 2.4 L engine the car still feels sluggish even under normal driving, it has a noticeable cabin noise and harsh ride quality. This car would not feel like a true off-roader and one might not feel confident while changing lanes, but it’s capable of handling mild off-roading situations like an office ride just after a snowstorm.

Model

Jeep Compass

Ford Escape

Honda CR-V

Subaru Forester

MSRP 

$24,595

$23,100

$23,120

$22,195

Engine

2.0L Inline-4 gas 

2.5L Inline-4 gas

2.4L Inline-4 gas

2.5L Boxer-4 gas

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

6-Speed Manual

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Power

172 hp @ 6000 RPM

168 hp @ 6000 RPM

185 hp @ 7000 RPM

175 hp @ 5800 RPM

Torque

165 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM 

170 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

163 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM

174 lb-ft @ 4100 RPM

Quarter-mile (sec)

16.6

16.9

16.2

16.9

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.4

9.1

8.4

9.0

Top Speed (MPH)

126 

123 

124 

122

Jeep engine performance is neither the best nor the worst in the segment, it just doesn’t offer the punch of power and torque that other cars like Subaru and Honda get. While Honda CR-V is delivering the best performance with its powerhouse but due to its 5-speed automatic and FWD drivetrain, it might have performed better in 0 to 60 mph acceleration and quarter-mile timing. Jeep Compass on the other hand can achieve the top speed of 126 mph which is best for those who travel a lot.

2014 Jeep Compass Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2014 Jeep Compass is available in a variety of engine and gearbox combinations and hence, figuring out a staple number isn’t possible. We’ve taken the recommended trim (Latitude AWD) which utilizes the bigger 2.4L engine which is rated at 21 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway, for a combined 23 MPG from its 13.5-gallon fuel tank. The smaller base engine betters this estimate by returning 23 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway, for a combined 26 MPG. 

Model

Jeep Compass

Ford Escape

Honda CR-V

Subaru Forester

MPG (City) 

21 

22 

24 

22

MPG (Highway)

25 

31 

32 

27

MPG (Combined)

23 

25 

29 

25

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

13.5 

15.1

15.3

15.9

Range (city / highway /combined)

313 / 408 / 353 

332 / 468 / 377 

352 / 474/ 397 

324 / 446 / 366 

Despite having the biggest displacement motor, the Honda CR-V shines in the fuel economy, and additionally, its fuel tank capacity complements the efficiency numbers. While Jeep and Subaru have the least economy figures, which might not be pocket-friendly for the owner. If someone wants more fuel efficiency out of Compass then they should opt for the optional CVT transmission.

2014 Jeep Compass Interior

9.0/10

At the price point that this car’s refreshed version is launched, there is not much to say about the interiors. The car still has hard plastic interiors, leather upholstery is only made available in upper-level trims, and features like Bluetooth connectivity and USB input that come as standard on rivals but are provided as an optional even on the upper trims.

The front row seats of this car are pleasant enough, but some might be a little bit low in the shoulder room. Although for long rides it offers adequate support and comfort the only thing that bothers is the tight space for legroom.

Model

Jeep Compass

Ford Escape

Honda CR-V

Subaru Forester

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

40.7 / 54.6 / 40.6

39.9 / 56 / 41.3

39.9 / 58.6 / 41.3

38.3 / 54.8 / 42.3

Rear Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

39.9 / 54 / 39.4

39 / 55.3 / 36.8

38.6 / 56.4 / 38.3

37.6 / 54.4 / 35.8

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

22.7

34.3

37.2

34.4

All the cars have a seating capacity of a total of five occupants, and in terms of interior space out of all four Honda has spacious front row seats. Subaru feels somewhat cramped in the rear seats and Jeep is one decent in the rear row seats. The cargo capacity of Compass is quite disappointing with a 22.7 cu-ft space whereas other cars get much bigger cargo space.

2014 Jeep Compass Infotainment system

This car is introduced in the budget segment and the infotainment system of this car is pretty basic and the base trim car gives an archaic vibe from the inside. The base variant doesn’t get much, besides a four-speaker audio system and some minimal connectivity options.

Also the features like Bluetooth, USB pairing comes as standard on the rivals but Jeep doesn’t bother giving these even on the higher trims. One can select them with the optional packages that are made available by the Jeep with every trim. The features offered by the Jeep that comes even as optional are given below:

  • Bluetooth connectivity 
  • Satellite radio 
  • 4-speaker audio system
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen display 
  • 9-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system 
  • Navigation system 

2014 Jeep Compass Exterior

6.0/10

The exteriors of this car somewhat resemble its larger siblings, this year Jeep Compass receives a chrome grille with the revised headlights, smoked taillights, and painted mirror caps. If you are a person who likes an airy feel and sunshine then you can opt for the sunroof trim.

With optional packages, the car gets a 17 and 18-inch wheel setup, a body-color rear bumper, keyless entry, chrome accents, and additional body-color exterior pieces. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road group includes all-terrain tires, 17-inch wheels, tow hooks, underbody skid plates, and a full-size spare tire. As per my opinion for the price of around $20,000 the car should be available with body-color exteriors, 17-inch wheels, a tow hook, underbody skid plate & painted mirror caps as standard.

Model

Jeep Compass

Ford Escape

Honda CR-V

Subaru Forester

Curb Weight (lbs)

3345

3515

3305

3296

Length (in)

175.1

178.1

178.3

180.9

Width (in)

71.4

72.4

71.6

70.7

Height (in)

65

66.3

64.7

66.4

Ground Clearance (in)

8.1

8

8

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

103.7

105.9

103.1

103.9

In this comparison, the Honda seems the lightest with only 3305 lbs of weight, and Ford and Subaru have a bigger stance than the other two. The Jeep is just a couple of inches shorter from everywhere as compared to Ford and Honda with a significantly better ground clearance, which makes it quite maneuverable. While Subra Forester is the vehicle that actually has an SUV stance with SUV feel and the highest ground clearance, but it wouldn’t be a problem for Jeep to concur some patchy and muddy roads

That said, some of the highlighting exterior features are:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Chrome exterior and interior trim
  • Body-color rear bumper
  • Roof rails
  • Fog lights

2014 Jeep Compass Safety

9.0/10

The 2014 Jeep Compass has got a respectable score of four out of five stars in the NHTSA crash testing which tells us how safe this car is and its affordability is the best part. Jeep has a chassis based on a hatchback car design, despite having a hatchback chassis in an SUV never sets back this car in terms of safety.

Keeping the price range in mind, the Jeep Compass has some decent safety technology as standard, upper trims of this car with some packages add safety by getting the navigation system, driver info display, and much more. All the features and technology both standard and optional can be seen below, please follow the information:

  • Front side airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Anti Lock-braking system
  • Stability and traction control
  • Hill descent
  • Hill-start control 
  • Rearview camera 

2014 Jeep Compass Final Verdict

The 2014 Jeep Compass offers value-for-money specs, better safety, a decent off-roading drive, and multiple customization options. If you want a car that tackles basic off-road situations at the price point of $20,000 then go for it and further customize the car’s off-road prowess by selecting one of the available packages. 

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