Originally Posted by grampsmopar
I never said that staying on the road was my only purpose just a primary one. If 95% of 4X4 never go off the road, what are all of those people doing with them? Jeeps are known to be tough, rugged and dependable, that's a good quality in anything. Cars have hardly been my only mode of transportation. It's the adverse driving conditions during Fall, Winter and Spring that I need a superior vehicle that can handle those conditions and get reasonable gas mileage during normal road trips that I enjoy. The Compass fits that criteria and besides it's AMERICAN made. I've been all over Southern AZ in 4 X's and Dune Buggies and Bikes, and now I have to screw around with snow and ice. Things change outside but not the person inside.
Like Gramps, I primarily need something that is road capable, but want something that can handle adverse driving conditions.
I've done a tiny bit of wheeling, in both of my Jeeps (WJ and XJ) over the years, but the primary reason I bought them was for snow, ice and boat towing/family hauling duty.
But there are other reasons to buy them. Styling, amenities, easy to work on maintain, plethora of aftermarket parts and the fact that they are just plain fun.
To wonder why someone would want a Jeep and not want to offroad is to wonder why someone would want a Porsche and not take it to the track, or wonder why someone would buy a Hummer (H2 or H3) that really isn't all that good off-road, or someone would buy a Harley in race-replica colors when "racing" a Harley is freakin' joke by todays standards.
I'm NOT advocating style OVER substance, but some points can be allowed for style.
With the possible exception of towing, I'm betting the Compass can do 99% of what I do with my XJ, just getting about 10 mpg more on average and perhaps allowing for a more comfortable ride. Where's the downside for my life?
And before you suggest buying something else then, I've spent a decade and a half in the tech side of the automotive industry. I spent years driving anything I wanted to from the manufacturer's press fleets. I'd never bought a new vehicle for myself in my life until the WJ came out and then I had to have one. And now, I've compared EVERYTHING in the market that comes close to my needs and desires and the Compass is right there on top. I'm only considering ONE other brand/model, and the Compass is still better equipped with toys for the price. I wish I could convince myself that it will be as rugged as a Jeep, cause that would probably push me over the top.