The limited is probably the right choice for you if you are not planning on off roading and want the best fuel economy. Rock crawling is not recommended with any of the MK based Jeeps.
Go to Jeep.com and look up Freedom Drive II. This is what the rockcrawl version is. (Do a search on FDII here.) It is a CVT based transmission with a lower ratio so worse fuel economy, but only by a couple of miles per gallon.
The FDII package does have a number of goodies including the skid plates, tow hooks, oil cooler and low speed decent control. If you were planning to go off road, this is probably the best choice. (Certainly easier to get the parts in the package then to add them later...)
All of the cars have ABS ESP TPMS etc....
My Compass is mechanically the same as the Patriot Limited and I can tell you that I had absolutely no problems with the harsh winter we just had. If I am careful, I can get 29mpg. (Usually it is 24-26 in the cold and 25-28 in the warm...)
I am adding the skid plates, oil cooler and tow hitch. The cost will probably be 1mpg due to the extra weight. But I have a trailer to tow and have a tendency to end up on dirt roads at the wrong time of year...
2008 Jeep Compass Limited 4x4 CVT
Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat
Last edited by OnRoad; 04-26-2008 at 07:07 PM..