For the first time, the 2014 Jeep Compass and the 2014 Jeep Patriot will utilize six-speed automatic transmissions. In the past, traditional four- and five-speed automatics were used in these SUVs while in the last few years, compact SUVs from Jeep have used CVTs to channel power to the wheels. This new features combines the performance of a traditional automatic-transmission with the fuel savings of a much more efficient CVT.
The new models for 2014, which just revealed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, feature minor updates that keep them modern in what could be their final year of production. Chrysler and Jeep want to focus on a more specific set of vehicles and are contemplating discontinuing the smaller Patriot and Compass after the coming model year. The new transmissions from PowerTech give a much sportier feel along with advanced noise-reduction technology that should make for a more comfortable and enjoyable ride.
Both models still feature the option of a 2.0 liter, inline four-cylinder engine making 158 horsepower and 141 lb-ft of torque or a more powerful 2.4 liter inline four-cylinder with 172 hp and 165 lb-ft. The only other change for the Patriot is the addition of seat-mounted airbags. The Compass gets an option for 18-inch alloy wheels, upgraded trim pieces across the exterior, and a back-up camera feature.