There seems to be a bias against the Compass by a lot of reviewers that at this point should be more or less mute. The 2014 model year fixed most of the common complaints with upgraded things like the much maligned CVT was replaced with whatís considered a good working 6 speed automatic transmission and the windshield now helps quieting some of the road noise.
To a large degree it comes down to itís a Jeep but itís not a Rubicon or even a Wrangler. I believe buyers are aware of that going in but to automobile writers all Jeeps are Rubiconís or theyíre not Jeeps. I noticed in more than one review of small SUVs the Compass was rated on itís off road capabilities and it was not even addressed for the others being reviewed.
There is a bunch of stuff I havenít driven even on a test drive that were on my possible list: any Subaru, Honda CR-V, Toyota Rav4, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, and several other small SUVs that are made in AWD. So other that reading a lot of reviews this was not an informed decision before buying.
The barrier I had to cross was the wife, she had to like the vehicle inside and out plus go along with the purchase. She went and at least sat in a few of the possibilities and other than the Subaruís didnít really want any. The next barrier other than the Subaru about all the others available locally at the time were in FWD not AWD, I wanted an AWD vehicle.
From where we live there are no import dealers within 50 miles but there is a Jeep dealer within about 10 miles. That played a factor in the decision too. So in spite of the reviews Iíd read we went and took the Compass on a test drive and the wife loved it. It is the AWD Sport model with the 6 speed automatic. I paid a little more than I wanted to because of some options on the vehicle that I wouldnít have ordered but with taxes, tags, title, and their nearly thousand dollar delivery fee I got it out the door for a hair over 25K.
Anyway I donít know if before 2014 there were any real issues with a Compass but it s ďexpertĒ reviews are in my mind questionable. In a lot of cases they rated the 2014 but it was based on prior reviews and predicted reliability because they had not driven a 2014 Compass yet. This coupled with some of the owner reviews on Compassís seem a little shady makes me
believe there are forces at work
that donít make reading all the reviews posted worth the time it takes. So to me now it seem like you might as well do a seat of the pants review and save your eyesight.
Anyone else seen evidence of this?