I luckily got the chance to drive a compass today and I was fairly impressed.It isn't an overpowering vehicle but it is on par with the compact sedans (some) and has much more to offer than your average focus,cobalt ect..For the looks my first impression was ugh,, but then after I took a few more glances and poked around the inside it started to appeal to me.
I'm always going to own a Jeep,the brand has been great to me and as my first vehicle (xj) they hold a place with me.I'll always have a wrangler (or another xj) for offroad,but since my job puts me traveling roughly 30,000 + a year gas mileage is very important to me.(self employed)
I will wait for the patriot to make comparisons before buying,but right now I see a compass in my future.I welcome the chance to stay in a jeep over a sedan,plus the extar room and slightly taller stance gives me more flexibility for exploring.I'll never have it in 3 feet of mud,but I live near the base of the Appalachian mountains so I get into alot of fire roads and overgrown passes while camping and fishing.
I know the platform isn't based off the older "true Jeeps" ,but in this market you evolve or die.While $3.00 + a gallon is a very big detail the fact that I sometimes drive 150-200 miles without passing a filling station is also of importance here,,and no I would prefer not to have a Jerry can strapped and filled with me at all times.Jeep (Chrysler) recognized the need for a fuel efficiant gas powered vehicle in their lineup and they filled it.The Liberty never impressed me,and the mpg wasn't very good so for me and alot of other multi taskers this is a great solution.I love that I'll still have a Jeep nameplate without super glueing it to my wifes neon-(lol)
My wife's Saturn Ion could do that, and probably throw sand further too.
Her Ion has a CVT in it as well, and I gotta say that the combo of a hgih reving motor and a CVT is the best car I've ever driven in city traffic. (I make regular trips into Chicago.) It's like a go pedal in a video game... no waiting for it to down shift... it's alway in the 'right gear.'
I'd consider buying a Compass as the family grocery mover, but I gotta say I can't get use to the Jeep name being on it. I'm not trying to offend anyone here; if you own a Compass I hope you love your new car. But, I feel like they should have brought back the Eagle line for these little buggars.
Does any body have any Videos or Pic of the Compass doing some real Wheeling
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I have no reason today, to take the Compass off road for fun, but I expect over time, I'll be forced to venture out and into the ditches. Depending on the winter, my driveway gets snowed in, and the only route out is across the yard and thourgh the ditch.
If the link does not work, let me know. I have the video downloaded also.
No, it's not a rock crawler but Jeep never said that it was. It's just that, because it's a Jeep, everybody expects it to be. I can accept it handling mud, sludge, snow, ruts and some camp roads simply because it also does the road, gas mileage and comfort so well and that's what it's for most of the time.
Mine IS a DD, grocery getter or what ever you want to call it, but ask me if I really care what someone else thinks about MY car. If they don't like it, don't buy it. Yes my car wears army boots, so what? And very nice Army boots at that.