The original Jeep Compass, which debuted for 2007, did not carry the “Trail Rated” badge found on all other SUVs in the Jeep family. This did not go over especially well for the hardcore Jeep fans, as they felt the Compass did not belong in the Jeep lineup – after all, the Trail Rated badge is one of Jeep’s main identities. By the end of the 2010 model year the automaker knew it had to do something to retarget the Compass, and convince consumers that the Compass did, in fact, belong in the lineup. When the 2011 Compass rolled out, it was not only give the official “Trail Rated” badge for the first time by offering an optional Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package which includes a continuously variable transmission fitted with a low-range setting, all-terrain tires inside 17-inch aluminum wheels, skid plates, a four-wheel-drive system, and an increase ground clearance of a full inch. The Compass was styled in a way to look like a miniature version of the Grand Cherokee. Critics and fans agreed, the Compass was greatly improved while still maintain its own identity. Today it seems as though the Jeep Compass has found its true place in the Jeep family, it is still a vehicle that targets first-time Jeep buyers and those who drive primarily on paved roads. However, it has enough Jeep accolades and trademark features of the automaker that it fits in quite nicely with its siblings.
Jeep has recently posted information about three of their 2014 vehicles in the lineup, the Compass being one of the. Not that the official information has come out, rumors being spread that the ’14 Compass was going to be a brand new Alfa Romeo–based compact crossover have been put to rest. However, the Compass is getting some major updates, namely to its powertrain, and from what we can tell so far, the 2014 Jeep Compass is sure to make its mark as a highly acclaimed crossover.
To improve the Compass’ powertrain Jeep has gotten rid of the highly criticized continuously variable transmission that’s been used in the Compass since its debut. It will be replaced with a new Hyundai-designed six-speed step-gear automatic. This powertrain comes standard on the mid-level Compass Latitude and range-topping Limited trims, and optional on the base Sport model. The six-speed also includes a new manual shifting mode; between the new transmission and other tweaks here and there the 2014 Compass should get a slight boost in its acceleration performance. If you would like to learn more about this new Jeep model, just visit your local S. FL dealer Arrigo Palm Beach, or any certified Jeep dealership in your area. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Other improvements to the 2014 Compass include 18-inch aluminum wheels, chrome bezels surrounding fog lamps, and projector-beam halogen headlamps on Limited models. The cabin now offers perforated leather seats for upper trim levels, and a new vinyl-wrapped console cover and door panels for the base levels. In the safety department a much-needed backup camera will also be added and seat-mounted side airbags will now be standard.