The 2015 Jeep Compass has been living on borrowed time for many model years; yet this somewhat ill-conceived vehicle has, over time, become much closer to what would have made it the sort of resounding success it could have been when first introduced nearly a decade ago.
In recent years this model has morphed from an odd econobox Jeep hatchback into a kind of mini-Grand Cherokee—tripling its sales and giving it a lease on life it's still enjoying in its ninth model year.
But the 2015 Compass remains in showrooms, including all the updates it's received over the years. Today, it offers a presentable interior, a smooth powertrain, and predictable handling, making it much more in tune with what buyers expect from a small crossover.
The 2011 exterior updates went a long way to downplay the exterior awkwardness of the original 2007 design. The rounded front end--using actual Grand Cherokee light units, no less--still clashes somewhat with the angular roof and chopped-off rear, but from the front, it now looks presentable. A Billet Silver textured grille dresses up the Sport and Latitude trims, while Limited models get projector halogen lamps with black and chrome bezels.
Then, on the inside, Jeep's interior........