My girlfriend is look to buy a compact SUV. We went looking this past weekend and out of all the vehicles we looked at, she liked the Compass the best. I have been reading about them, and I like them as well. We are looking at the Latitude 4X4 (FD 1) with the tow-prep-group. I just have a few questions.
1: The new six speed auto-tranny... What do you all think of it compared to the CVT?
2: We will not do a whole lot of off-roading in this vehicle because I have my TJ, but as far as I can tell the 4X4 system seems really nice to have incase of ice or anything (we live in the foothills of CA and don't have to worry about a whole ton of snow, but ice is a problem). Also, it seems capable to do some light trail work (fire-roads, abandoned roads, etc.). Am I correct?
3: I have read that the engines in these cars don't seem to have a whole lot of get up and go (it's a Jeep with a small engine...) but does the 2.4L do better (power wise) than the 2.0L? I have seen the power differences on paper, but have only test drove the 2.0L and my girlfriend said she thought it had about as much power as her '05 Focus. We are looking to do some very light towing so I was just curious.
Thank you all for any feedback!