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in Affordable Compact SUVs

MSRP: $18,995 - $28,495
Invoice: $18,786 - $27,431
MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy
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Jeep Compass Interior

According to reviewers, the 2015 Jeep Compass has nicer cabin materials than it did in previous model years. However, most critics agree that the Compass’ interior styling and materials still fall well behind the quality and polish you get with most rivals. The 2015 Compass doesn’t come with a telescoping steering wheel, which reviewers say can make it difficult for drivers to get comfortable. Although the Compass has below-average cargo space for the class, reviewers say its fold-flat seats create a good amount of space for stowing items.

  • "Jeep upgraded some of the Compass's interior materials last year, including available accent stitching on certain trim pieces, but industrial-grade plastics are still the order of the day. Moreover, Bluetooth and USB connectivity remains optional, even on the upper trim levels, and the base Sport has to make do with crank windows and manual locks. That's something to keep in mind if you're eyeing a low-priced Compass -- it might not be equipped with the features you expect." -- Edmunds
  • "Around the cabin, the interior appointments are unimpressive as well." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "The 2014's upgraded interior adds chrome accents, a vinyl-wrapped center armrest and updated instrument panel graphics. The Latitude trim level has new accent-stitched mesh-and-vinyl seats and the Limited offers Saddle Brown perforated leather seats. These steps represent Jeep's gradual efforts to make the Compass competitive against more richly appointed models, many of which have been fully redesigned in recent years." -- Cars.com (2014)
  • "The interior of the 2014 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 (2014)

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Seating

The Jeep Compass seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are available on upper trims. A few critics say the 2015 Compass’ front seats are fairly comfortable and have a good amount of headroom. However, reviewers agree that the Compass’ lack of a telescoping steering wheel makes it hard to find a good driving position. Front and rear visibility is also limited, they report. While some test drivers say there’s good rear-seat legroom, others say it’s limited for the class.

  • "The front seats are comfortable enough and adequately supportive for longer drives, though the seatback cushions might be a little narrow for larger adults. Rear legroom is tight for this class, reminding us more of a compact hatchback than a high-riding crossover." -- Edmunds
  • "In base models, the driver's seat doesn't adjust for height, and no version of the Compass has a telescoping steering wheel, which makes it harder to find a perfect driving position. Rear legroom is good. ..." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Headroom and legroom are ample. Some testers had a hard time finding an ideal driving position, which they put down to Compass' lack of a telescopic steering column. Thick front and rear roof pillars hamper visibility. The high-set front seats and oddly short windshield also pinch the view ahead." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Jeep Compass include a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input. Optional features include automatic climate control, a USB port, Bluetooth, navigation, satellite radio, a Boston Acoustics stereo and flip-down liftgate speakers for outdoor listening.

According to auto writers, the Compass’ optional infotainment system is outdated, especially in comparison with the infotainment options that are available in other Jeep products. Still, a few reviewers note that the audio and climate controls are generally easy to access.

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  • "In terms of infotainment, the optional 6.5-inch touchscreen is older and less user-friendly than the 8.4-inch ‘Uconnect’ interface found in most other Jeep and Chrysler models." -- Edmunds
  • "All controls are mounted high on the dashboard and are within easy reach for driver or front passenger. A couple of the audio buttons are on the small side, but that little fault is easy to overlook." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The ignition is definitely from a Chrysler Sebring circa 1999, and the rest of the controls could easily be as old." -- AutoWeek (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 Compass has 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seats and 53.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Although that’s below average for the class, reviewers appreciate that the Compass’ front-passenger and rear seats can fold flat to accommodate longer cargo items.

  • "One of the most appealing aspects of an SUV is its ability to haul stuff. And the Jeep Compass has a trick up its sleeve with a front-passenger seat that folds forward to create a flat surface. Standard in Latitude and Limited models, it accommodates longer items like surfboards and lumber." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the maximum cargo capacity of 53.6 cubic feet pales in comparison to rival crossovers." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo space behind the rear seat is less impressive but adequate. And unlike many SUVs, the rear seats fold to leave a flat floor-a boon for cargo-carrying. An available fold-flat front passenger seat allows for the toting of skis and other long items with the tailgate completely closed." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 3/16/15

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