As mentioned in the thread title, I'm looking to replace my wife's '04 CRV (that's been needing $$$/ replacement parts just about every month for the past 6 months now) and we're considering the new Compass. She likes the look and feel of it & it certainly seems to fit our current needs pretty well (grocery getter, taking the kiddos to school, maybe a short trip here & there).
Since I drive a '10 JKU and we don't live in an area where white stuff falls out of the sky, she won't be needing 4wd. With those things in mind, we're looking at a Sport with the 2.0 and 6-speed auto. About the only drawbacks that I can find are that it has rear drum brakes (Really? In 2014?!?!) and limited cargo capacity (about 10 cu ft less than her Honda).
Now I'm looking for insight from actual users/ owners. What do you like or dislike about your Compass? Has it been reliable? etc, etc, etc...
Drum brakes are pretty common still on fwd econo boxes (which the compass is). rear brakes only do about 10-20% of braking, and are mostly there to keep the rear end from changing places with the front end.
Honestly, I would not recommend the 2.0l, Not enough MPG performance for the lack of power. You'll always wish you got the 2.4l. I have a patriot (same thing as a compass under the skin) and love it. I've had it a year, It's lifted, with larger tires, and I take it off roading often, I've never had an issue with it. it has just shy of 13k miles.
I've got a front wheel drive compass 5-speed manual 2.4L. I definately would not go with the 2.0L, passing people on the highway would become near impossible, I feel being manual gives me a bit more of an edge as well since I can drop to 3rd and go for it.
that being said I DO live where the white stuff flies and have never gotten stuck even though i dont have 4 wheel drive, passed many cars/SUV's in the ditch or just plain stuck in the middle of the road. good tires and driving properly will get you just about anywhere. one thing I will say is when the snow gets pretty deep my compass drives better with the traction control OFF. with it on in the deep stuff i find it robs far too much power and causes me to lose my momentum. but in wet/icy conditions it works just fine.
Sometimes I really miss my V8 and the quick acceleration but in the end the gas mileage wins. I've found that if you're at a stop and need quicker acceleration the autostick definitely helps. The 2.4 still feels sluggish without using autostick from a stop.
some people are concerned with the looks of the new Cherokee, but have you considered that? much closer in size to the Honda you have, it has much newer technology on the inside, and is available with the new 3.2 V6 for mileage AND horsepower. may be more along the lines of what you're looking for. the CR-V and Compass really don't compete in the same segment. in fact, there really aren't any direct competitors to the MK models due to their size.