The 2014s have a conventional 6 speed auto (sourced from Hyundai). The 2007-2013 models have the CVT. I would definitely get the 2.4L engine; the 2.0L is just too small for this size vehicle. I personally like the way the Latitude models are optioned but I test drove a Sport and liked it. I have been very pleased with my 2012 so far (I have the CVT by the way). Good luck with your purchase; let me know if you have any questions.
2012 Jeep Compass Latitude aka the Train Chaser
Bright White/4x2/CVT/Dark Slate Gray interior
Uconnect® Voice Command with Bluetooth-Uconnect® 430 CD/DVD/MP3/HDD-Security and Convenience Group
Mods: "Jeep" shift knob-Uniden BC125AT scanner