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2013 Jeep Compass Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Jeep Compass was new.


Interior: 6.8

Most critics say that the interior of the 2013 Jeep Compass has a quality feel, noting its high-quality plastics and other soft-touch materials. Still, the Compass comes with fewer standard features than SUVs like the GMC Terrain, and some test drivers write that its back seat is cramped.

  • "The interior of the 2013 Jeep Compass includes soft-touch materials on the door trim, a comfortable center armrest and a steering wheel that provides decent feel and grip." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Cabin decor is in step with class competitors, with decent plastics, soft-touch surfaces, and a reasonably solid feel." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The passenger cabin of the 2012 Jeep Compass received a minor makeover last year and now sports better-quality materials in key spots like the front doors and the armrest between the front seats. Still, the Compass still feels a bit downmarket compared to its many rivals." -- Edmunds (2012) 
  • "Once those shoppers get behind the wheel (a much nicer steering wheel, we might add) there are a variety of soft-touch plastics and trim pieces adorning the cabin as well as better noise insulation." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)


The Jeep Compass seats five and comes with cloth upholstery. Leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available on higher trims. Test drivers say that the front seats of the 2013 Compass offer good outward visibility, as well as plenty of headroom. Still, one reviewer says that it is difficult to find a comfortable driving position, while another says that the front seats aren’t as accommodating as he would like. Additionally, most auto writers agree that the second row is too cramped.

  • "Headroom is generous. High-mounted seats expand the available legroom. The driver seat is height adjustable on most versions, but it still didn't create ideal positioning for all our testers." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Also, the front seats still aren't all that comfortable and legroom is scarce for rear seat passengers." -- Edmunds (2012) 
  • "The interior otherwise is the same, with good outward visibility, decent cargo space, and cramped rear seats." -- Motor Trend (2011)

Interior Features

The 2013 Jeep Compass comes with a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Options and features available on higher trims include automatic climate control, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, navigation and a Boston Acoustics stereo with flip-down tailgate speakers.

Auto writers agree that the Compass’ available tailgate speakers are a neat feature. One reviewer says that the Compass features clear gauges, as well as audio and climate controls that are easy to use. However, he also notes that depending on what gear you’re in, the manual transmission gearshift can block the climate controls.

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  • "Combine nine Boston Acoustic speakers with two articulating liftgate speakers and Sirius satellite radio and you can have the music for a hearty party." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The gauges are easy to read. Large, simple audio and climate controls are within easy reach, though the manual-transmission shift lever can block access to climate dials." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The interior does have a couple of neat features including a rechargeable LED cargo light that pops out for use as a flashlight, and optional speakers that flip down and out from the raised liftgate to play tunes during your tailgate party." -- Edmunds (2012) 


The Compass has 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which can expand to 53.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. One reviewer notes that while the Kia Sportage offers a similar amount of room, SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester have more cargo space. Additionally, another test driver writes that some small item storage spaces, such as the door pockets, are on the small side.

  • "Open hatch barely clears the head of 6-footers. Interior storage is OK, but the door map pockets are too small to be really useful." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "However, tailgaters will find that the cargo hold is on the small side, with 22.7 cubic feet of space behind the 60/40-split rear seats, and it expands to just 53.6 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded down. This is only a little less than in smaller compact crossovers like the Kia Sportage, but bigger ones like the CR-V and Forester top 70 cubic feet." -- Edmunds (2012)

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