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2007 Jeep Compass Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Jeep Compass was new.

Unfortunately, the interior is where the Jeep Compass, which seats five, almost universally fails to impress. As the Detroit News explains, the Compass could be greatly improved if Jeep cut fewer corners and spent "a few more dollars to upgrade the interior materials."

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Most reviewers approve of its comfort, citing the good head- and legroom, but many find fault with the interior styling, which they say lacks good quality fit and finish. Extensive use of hard plastic materials makes the interior look cheap and chintzy.

Seating

The majority of reviewers find the Compass' seats comfortable and roomy. Reviews such as USA TODAY really like the seats and describe them as "shaming the chairs in some much-higher-price machines." Motor Trend observes, "The taller front seats also allow better rear-seat foot room-the space back there has good headroom, but tight knee room even with the backs of the front seats scooped out." Consumer Guide also notes that up front, there is ample headroom, and regarding the rear seats, they say, "However, [the] flat, soft seat lacks support . . . [and] may prove uncomfortable on longer trips." The Family Car and CNET also give the seats (particularly the front) a thumbs up, and overall, the Compass has been applauded for providing a roomy interior.

Interior Features

According to many reviews, Jeep claims that it hopes the Compass will appeal to women buyers; but as Automotive.com explains, "I can't name too many females with an affection for hard, cheap surfaces, plastic panels painted like metal, leather that could pass for vinyl, Starbucks-unfriendly cupholders, stingy storage space, a blaringly loud and incessant warning chime, and a rectilinear dashboard plagued with inelegant bulges and craters."

The Detroit News compares the Compass' interior favorably with that of its sibling, the Dodge Caliber, but feels that "the materials still seem cheap, especially on a fully loaded $25,000-plus car [their test model], with traces of flashing on the edges of the plastic trim." The Associated Press also agrees with this sentiment, calling the interior "chintzy, with a lot of hard plastic pieces and at least a couple with ragged edge."

It's important to note that air conditioning is only an option on the 4x2 and 4x4 (FWD) as are supplemental front side seat air bags. The base Sport is equipped with an AM/FM stereo with CD player and auxiliary input jack, and the Limited includes air conditioning, heated front seats and speed control. Cars.com notes that "the base Compass is short on convenience features," while the Chicago Tribune admires the Limited 4WD's center console armrest, which has a flip-open cover "that holds and conceals your cell phone or MP3 player."

Cargo

A few reviewers also point out issues with the cargo area. Edmunds finds fault with the cargo space, explaining that "young families may find this SUV's low cargo capacity problematic when loading up a stroller and a dog." And Car and Driver notes that the Compass has a "smaller cargo capacity than its competitors." Others, such as Cars.com, also note that it is merely "adequate" and not up to par when compared with other vehicles in the same class. According to Jeep, cargo capacity behind the first row is 53.6 cubic feet, and behind the rear seat, it's 22.7 cubic feet. The 60/40 rear seats fold flat for additional cargo space, and they also recline.

Review Last Updated: 5/2/08

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