2014 Jeep Compass Consumer Review: Terrible car

2014 Jeep Compass - Consumer Review

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Limited 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)

4 of 11 people found this review helpful
Terrible car
By cad700 on


2014 Jeep Compass Limited 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


I just got the 2.4 automatic Compass Limited last week.
It's a fleet vehicle, didn't have a choice so didn't test driver one.
Picked up the car one evening, didn't do anything but drive home 5 miles.
Woke up the next morning and the remote access buttons on the key did not work, used the key, got in, started the car and the radio wasn't working either.
All kinds of similar issues.
I'm sure that can be fixed but the biggest problem is the engine/powertrain.
The vehicle does terrible when you try to accelerate to change lane or merge, pulls to the point of almost losing control.
I drove a '12 Escape with a 2.5 engine, much more powerful engine.

Well I was sent an email today (2/4/17) to update my review. I no longer have the Compass, I have a 2017 Ford Escape. It's got a 1.5 liter EcoBoost engine (essentially a turbo, not sure why they call it EcoBoost) . Anyway this little car hauls you know what, well at least compared to the Compass. It accelerates great and takes hills without crying! Car is also much more solidly put together. The Compass door was very light and felt cheap so did the interior. The Escape feels a lot more sturdy. While I'm not a huge fan of the exterior of the Escape, I thought the previous models looked like a truck, the newer model doesn't know if it wants to be an SUV, CUV or Mini Van. Still for everything else great about the car, I'll live with that.

Best Features

  • Instrumentation
  • Cargo storage
  • Logic of controls
  • Interior design
  • Outward visibility
  • Headlights

Worst Features

  • Acceleration
  • Road holding
  • Braking
  • Shifting
  • Steering
  • Active safety
  • Rain snow traction

Recommend (4) (7)

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