And another Edmunds review, different author, MUCH better review!
I’ve been thinking about this and this is as good a place as any to put my opinion.
What if Toyota had made the Compass? It would have received rave reviews in the press/magazines on test drives. They would have described it as being a totally capable off-road mini-sport-Ute with clean lines and easily cleanable interior, great handling and performance with a revolutionary, new, improved CVT transmission. It would have been hailed as a small Land Cruiser with more reasonable gas mileage.
But instead Jeep built it and you know what the bias press has said about it.
Enter the Jeep Patriot. That same press would have said that Jeep was still trying to catch up with the world leader Toyota having built the Compass but in pure Jeep fashion have added a totally useless, for most people, FD II off-road gearing package.
Reviews by the big publications on American products are almost always written in the negative while the Imports are written in the positive. Is it any wonder that the Big 3 are in trouble? People actually believe that crud.
Even Rock Crawler magazine says the “Patriot has some tricks up its sleeve - namely two Off-road packages.” I can’t recall ANYBODY calling the FD I an Off-road package only that the Compass was slammed for not being “Trail Rated”.
The bottom line is that there is no real differences between the Compass and the Patriot other than the looks of the sheet metal and that you can order the Patriot with the factory installed FD II and Off-road package and you have to DIY on the Compass.
I see my Compass as a Sport-Ute that looks like a mini Grand Cherokee. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!