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2014 Jeep Compass Review

The 2014 Jeep Compass has a poor reliability score, little power, and an interior that’s cramped and low-budget. For all these reasons, the Compass is among the lowest ranked compact SUVs.

Pros & Cons

  • Simple audio and climate controls
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Low-rent interior
  • Small cargo area
  • Below-average fuel economy

New for 2014

  • Updated interior and exterior design
  • Six-speed automatic transmission became available
  • Standard front-seat side air bags 




Critics' Rating: 5.4
Performance: 5.4
Interior: 6.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Jeep Compass Overview

Is the 2014 Jeep Compass a Good Used SUV?

Even if budget-friendliness is at the top of your checklist, you should consider something other than the 2014 Jeep Compass. Its low price tag comes with cheap cabin materials, few tech features, and poor handling. In addition, it has among the lowest reliability ratings in the compact SUV class, and it earns poor fuel economy.

Used 2014 Jeep Compass Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2014 Jeep Compass comes with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine that generates sluggish acceleration and an unpleasant amount of noise. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic is available. With its base engine and automatic transmission, the Compass earns below-average fuel economy estimates of 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The Jeep Compass has awkward handling and doesn’t feel well-controlled through turns. Available four-wheel drive – in the form of Freedom Drive I or II – allows some moderate off-roading in the Compass. However, it can’t tackle trails like its siblings the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee.

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The 2014 Jeep Compass is replete with cheap materials and hard plastics. It holds five, but the front seats aren’t very comfortable, and the back seats lack legroom for adults. There are two full sets of second-row LATCH child-seat connectors. The rear middle seat has a top anchor and can borrow lower anchors from the outboard seats. With a maximum 53.6 cubic feet of cargo space, the Compass has less storage space than competing SUVs.

The Jeep Compass comes with just a few standard features, including a four-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input. There are some distinctive features, including a standard LED cargo lamp that can be used as a flashlight, as well as available flip-down liftgate speakers for tailgating. Features like USB connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and Bluetooth are available. Dashboard controls are user-friendly, and the gauges are easily readable.

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Used 2014 Jeep Compass Prices

The Jeep Compass is one of the most affordable compact SUVs available. Its average price ranges from about $11,900 for the front-wheel-drive Compass Sport up to about $16,900 for the four-wheel-drive Compass Limited. Prices will vary based on the SUV's location, condition, mileage, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 30 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide whether the 2014 Jeep Compass is the ideal used SUV for you, we've researched and analyzed 30 professional reviews, as well as reliability ratings, crash test data, and ownership expenses. We combine this information to give you a complete overview of the Compass' positives and negatives.  

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Jeep Compass?

The Compass has the lowest reliability score in the class: a two out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Compass?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety only evaluated the 2014 Compass in rear crash protection, in which it earned the top score of Good. On the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star rating scale, the Compass received four stars for overall and rollover safety, three stars in the frontal crash test, and five stars in the side crash test. A rearview camera is available in some models.

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Should I Consider Another Used Compass?

The 2014 Jeep Compass is a part of the SUVs first generation, which spans from 2007 to 2017. Consider earlier first-generation models, like the 2012 and 2013 model years; they are nearly identical to the 2014 model in features but may cost less. However, the 2014 model received some updates in styling and made a six-speed automatic transmission available, so you’ll need to decide if those features are important to you.

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Which Used Jeep Compass Is Right for Me?

The Jeep Compass has three trim levels: Sport, Latitude, and Limited. Most buyers should skip the base model; it is short on engine power and comes with a stereo, an auxiliary input jack, and little else. The Latitude trim doesn't add many standard features aside from a six-speed automatic transmission and a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with integrated controls. The Limited trim is your best bet, offering standard automatic temperature controls, a rearview camera, heated perforated leather-trimmed seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, satellite radio, and a stronger four-cylinder engine.

For greater peace of mind, consider a certified pre-owned Jeep. For certified pre-owned Jeep vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully.

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2014 Jeep Compass and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Jeep Compass or 2014 Jeep Patriot?

The Jeep Patriot is only a marginally better SUV than the Compass because its reliability score is half a point higher. It still suffers from all of the Compass’ disappointing attributes, including its cheap cabin, weak engine, poor fuel economy, and limited features.

Which Is Better: 2014 Jeep Compass or 2014 Ford Escape?

The Ford Escape is – hands down – the better SUV. Its handsome cabin features plenty of space and more standard features than the Compass', including a rearview camera and Bluetooth. The Escape has a stronger base engine, and there are two potent turbocharged engines available. However, the Escape’s reliability score isn’t much better than the Compass’.

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