What made me leave the Jeep brand? Prices and fuel mileage.
I live in PA. Contrary to everyone belief, I do not feel I need a 4WD vehicle. When you drive 40, 000mi a yr fuel mileage becomes a big concern. I wanted a smaller more fuel efficient vehicle.
I am single, my girlfriend is older. She has one adult daughter. I have no kids. No need for a big vehicle. I wanted a hatchback car to maximize fuel mileage. I think hatchback cars are practical with the ability to fold seats down for hauling bulky items.
I've been looking and considering something like the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Mazda 3, Nissan Versa.
A lot of people bad mouthed the Jeep Compass at first because it wasn't a true Jeep. When you broke down the mechanics of it it's nothing more than Dodge Caliber with a Jeep badge on it.
When I drive 40, 000mi yr, fuel savings vs. Something averaging 28 Mpg's and up vs. Something getting close to 40 Mpg's.
If I'm in the situation where I need a bigger SUV or truck, it pays to rent one.
If I need a truck load of lumber Lowe's, with the money I save in gas, I can afford to pay them to bring it to me.
Nothing against Chrysler or Mopar. They simply don't make a small hatchback vehicle to sell me.