Originally Posted by Matt Felner
Buy a Subaru.
and I'm asking seriously, because if the XJ sells I've been SERIOUSLY considering a Baja or a Compass. I've gotten serious quotes from two local dealers which basically come out to as well equipped 5-speed models as can be had, optioned or accessoried and they are basically a wash out the door.
*Both have AWD
*Engine size and power is VERY similar - so what's better - flat or inline 4. The scoobie is an interference timing belt motor how about the Compass?
*Towing capacity (which is important to me) is similar 2400 lbs vs. 2000
*Mileage is similar but slight advantage Compass(quoting with 5-speeds) 23/28 vs 26/29
Unique features that are not available, even as an option on the other model
Bed and passthrough
Tire pressure monitoring system and trip computer (driver info center)
Rear windows that roll down ALL the way
Steering wheel audio controls
Built in Sirius Satellite Radio
MP3 audio jack
AC voltage jack
Front passenger seat that folds flat for additional cargo room with long items
I would have listed heated leather seats too, but the local Scoobie dealer was willing to install them for me if we go that route.
I could also compare to the Forester, but I don't like the body-style as much. The only advantage the Forester would have over the Baja is that the heated leather seats are avaialble from the factory at a trim level where I could still get the 5-speed. Past that prices start to increase dramatically on the Forester, yet it still doesn't have most of those additional items I've listed for the Compass.
If the Compass wasn't so well appointed for the price, I might very well be buying a Subaru instead.
But the price vs. amenities (from a company that I already like) is a very compelling combination.