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Compass, Patriot: new automatics, old CVTs

by David Zatz on

2014 jeep compass headlights

Buyers of the 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot, which will appear earlier in the year than usual, will have a new powertrain option – a six-speed Hyundai automatic. That transmission was chosen because of its size, wide range, and weight; it also works with a Magna four wheel drive system, which has just become available to Chrysler after a Hyundai-exclusive run.

The six speed automatic will be optional on both front wheel drive and “Freedom Drive I” four wheel drive systems. Buyers can still opt for the five-speed manual transmission on front drive and Freedom Drive I. Those who want a Trail Rated Compass or Patriot (with the Freedom Drive II system) will need to opt for the carry-over CVT. Contrary to prior rumors, the engines used in Compass and Patriot will be carryovers.

New features for 2014 on Compass include a moderately updated interior and exterior design, standard front seat mounted side airbags, and an optional backup camera. The Compass boasts gas mileage of up to 30 mpg, highway, with standard side curtain airbags for both rows of seats, stability control with roll mitigation, hill start assist (manual only), and four wheel antilock brakes.  The All Weather group continues, with 17 inch all-terrain tires, mud-and-snow floor mats, DRLs, an engine block heater, and tow hooks.

2014 Jeep Compass

The Hyundai 6F24 automatic has a 5.46 gear spread, with a 4.21:1 first gear and 0.77:1 top gear (see all gear ratios on Dart-Mouth), and should provide better launches, possibly with improved highway mileage. The transmission is a fill-for-life design.

Exterior changes included plated upper grille trim and colored-silver grille texture on Latitude and Limited; a black inner bezel in the headlamps (with projector halogens on Limited); painted mirror caps, “smoked” inner bezels on tail-lights, a plated chrome insert on the tailgate, and optional 18 inch wheels on Limited. Inside, saddle brown perforated leather seats are optional on Limited, while Latitude gets a new mesh-and-vinyl seat; Light Pebble Beige trim now has a tangerine accent stitch. The gauge cluster has been refaced, and new satin chrome finishes adorn other surfaces.

Freedom Drive I is a full time active four wheel drive system with a lockable center coupling. Freedom Drive II, which uses the CVT, provides a low range, all-terrain tires, a higher (by one inch) ride height, a full size spare, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps, and manual seat height adjuster.

Gas mileage has not been released for the Compass or Patriot with the six speed automatic. With the 2.4 engine, it is 20/23 with Freedom Drive II, and 23/28 with the manual transmission in either FWD or 4WD. With the 2.0 engine, it is 23/30 with the manual transmission.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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