Originally Posted by Redpine
Someday, test drive a 2014 and compare it to yours.
I think the noisy engine is just a reflection of my comment above about this engine lacking refinement. It's stout and reliable, but not refined. Subaru engines can be a bit noisy too. .
I bought a 2014 Compass last week.
I believe the "growl" type sound is actually coming from the intake snorkle. I removed it, revv'd the engine a bit and it's not near as "snarly" sounding.
I'll see how it sounds on my way home from work tonight. Not worried about it sucking in hot air. The grill area is not that restrictive to worry about that.