Jeep’s 2014 Compass crossover earns my nod as the year’s most improved car.
Compass is available in three trims and three drivetrain configurations. Besides the standard front-wheel-drive, there are two AWD packages, Freedom Drive I and Freedom Drive II.
A comprehensive standard features list includes such useful novelties as a cooled glovebox, a rechargeable LED cargo light that can be removed and used as a flashlight and optional liftgate speakers.
The compact Compass receives a handful of styling updates. The best and most important are found inside, where materials are improved and the console and armrests are now vinyl-wrapped.
Compass's second-row seats fold to create a flat cargo floor.