Chrysler announced updates to its Jeep Compass compact SUV and Jeep Patriot mid-size SUV for MY-2014. The Compass features a new transmission, improved fuel efficiency, an updated design, and new safety features. The Patriot features the new transmission and new safety features. For 2014, Chrysler offers the Compass and Patriot come in the Sport, Latitude, and Limited models.
To improve fuel economy and performance, the automaker said it updated the Compass’ and Patriot powertrain for MY-2014 with a new six-speed PowerTech automatic transmission. The automaker hasn’t yet released fuel economy numbers for its models equipped with the new six-speed transmission.
Chrysler said the new six-speed transmission also helps reduce maintenance costs, as there is no transmission dipstick, and transmission filter and fluid changes aren’t necessary.
Engine choices for each vehicle include a 2.0L four-cylinder engine in the Sport and Latitude models and a 2.4L inline four-cylinder in the Limited models. The new six-speed transmission is standard on the Latitude and Limited models (the Sport models get a five-speed manual transmission).
Drivetrain choices on the 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot include a standard front-wheel-drive system, and the available Freedom Drive I and Freedom Drive II systems. Vehicles equipped with the Freedom Drive I system also get the new six-speed transmission.
Safety features on the 2014 Compass and Patriot include new standard front-seat-mounted side airbags. The 2014 Compass also an available ParkView rear backup camera.
Design changes for MY-2014 on the Compass include a new grille design and headlamp accents on the Latitude and Limited models. The Limited model also offers 18-inch aluminum wheels. Inside, the 2014 Compass offers a new interior Saddle Brown leather seating option in the Limited model. The Compass Latitude model features a new sport mesh and vinyl seat. The automaker wrapped the armrests and center console in vinyl and updated the instrument cluster overlay graphics.