Washington Times Declares 2014 Jeep Compass “King of Off-Road”

Rita Cook from the Washington Times posted an article this week that claims the 2014 Jeep Compass reigns supreme among off-road vehicles. While this designation is nothing new for Jeep—the undisputed heavyweight champion of dirt roads—it’s usually reserved for the likes of the Wrangler.

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Check out what Ms. Cook had to say about this all-around awesome ride and then check out some pictures below.

“A compact crossover, this Jeep can hang with the best of ’em, since the Jeep moniker means built tough — tough, however, with comfort and style. It’s no problem with the 2014 Jeep Compass.”


“The 2014 Jeep Compass seats five passengers and comes in three trim levels — Sport, Latitude and Limited. With the Sport trim, the standards include 16-inch alloy wheels (or 17-inch wheels with the larger engine), fog lights, roof rails, air-conditioning, cruise control, split-folding rear seats, and a tilt-only steering wheel. You can opt for the Power Value Group, which will add all the needed power accessories, heated mirrors and keyless entry. The Altitude Edition package ups the wheels by an inch and gives you mesh cloth and heated front seats.

The Latitude trim includes the Sport features and 17-inch wheels, cool interior trim, height-adjustable driver seat, front passenger seat that folds flat and a classy leather-wrapped steering wheel that also comes complete with audio knobs for easier control when driving. Packages for the Latitude include the High Altitude Edition, which will give you 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, six-way power driver seat and a sunroof.

On the high-end, the Limited trim includes all the standards from the High Altitude Edition and adds automatic climate control, driver information display, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a rearview camera. There is also a 6.5-inch touchscreen display and the music server is equipped with an optional navigation system.

The Freedom Drive II Off-Road group adds on to any four-wheel-drive trim all-terrain tires with 17-inch wheels, tow hooks, and the option for an off-road mode with underbody skid plates, hill-descent and start assist.”


“Under the hood, there is front-wheel-drive on the Sport and Latitude that includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine putting out 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. You also have the choice of three transmissions, but the five-speed manual transmission is standard on the Sport, you can choose the six-speed automatic or CVT too. On the Latitude it’s a six-speed automatic, but the CVT is required on the Sport and Latitude that have added the Altitude or High Altitude packages.

 Another option if you choose the front-wheel-drive Sport or and Latitude trim is the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gives you a little more horsepower at 172 and 165 pound-feet of torque. If you opt for an all-wheel-drive, this is the standard engine and on the Compass Limited as well.”


“For a vehicle that takes the road for a ride safety is all important and the features on the 2014 Jeep Compass include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side and side curtain airbags. There is also the rearview camera on the Limited standard and can be had as an option on the other trims as well as the hill descent and hill start control on the Freedom Drive II Off-Road package.”

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Introducing: The 2015 Jeep Renegade

Officially unveiled at the Geneva auto show last month, the 2015 Jeep Renegade is not your typical Jeep. It’s the automaker’s first subcompact crossover with a smaller and less expensive stature than other models. Set to compete against the likes of the Nissan Juke and Buick Encore among others, the Renegade’s hipster looks and everyday efficiency, paired with the rugged capabilities for which Jeep is well known, will power this vehicle past its competition.

Getting down to it, the 2015 model will come standard with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 160-horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed manual transmission. It also features an option for drivers to step up to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 184-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.

Both engines can be ordered with front- or all-wheel drive, with Trailhawk models adding a low 20:1 crawl ratio, low-speed pedal mapping, and low-gear shift strategy for more serious rock-hopping. Full fuel economy figures have yet to be released, but Jeep promises more than 30 mpg with the more powerful 2.4-liter engine.

Boasting copious amounts of character, there are two removable roof panels to let the sunshine in over front and rear passengers, or alternatively, a power sunroof can be installed in its place. Jeep also hid so-called “easter eggs,” that owners get to discover when they own the car. We won’t give away all of them but if, say, you were to look for a Jeep silhouette on the wheels or Jeep’s trademark face on the inside of the tailgate, you’ll see the kind of stuff we’re talking about.

On the outside, the Renegade has the necessary ground clearance—6.7 inches standard, up to 8.7 inches for Trailhawk models—as well as Koni shocks and an independent front and rear suspension that affords comfortable wheel articulation. It’s also available with Jeep’s fantastic Selec-Terrain electronic off-road powertrain system that has turned other Jeeps, like the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, into credible off-roaders.

But let’s get to the fun part—the pictures:

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