Recent purchased a 2008 Rallye Sport Compass...so far, I really like the way it handles, drives and looks. The Boston Acoustic 9 speaker sound system is OUTSTANDING and this is my first ownership of Sirius radio, which I like alot. Pretty roomie and comfortable, atleast in the front seats. Pretty good pep for a 4 banger (especially with 5 spd manual). While I probably wouldn't have gone out of my way for the Rallye package, it does make the vehicle look sharp and it was the only vehicle in Iowa City that had a Manual transmission, so that is what I got.
Test drove the Caliber, Vibe, CR-V, Rogue and Compass and I liked the bigger size and handling of the Compass and CR-V over the other vehicle. The Jeep dealer in Iowa City offered me a great price, Honda did not...
Okay, I understand that some jeep lovers will not like this vehicle. The number of times, in my life, that I have need to off road is just a couple above 0, so for me, I wanted something that was good "on road".
It does have a couple drawbacks: The wicked blind spots cased by the rear shape; some creative and puzzling use of space in the dash, and I was suprised to see no MP3 jack in the 6 CD changer/Sirius radio. Also, it would be great if the rear/side hatch windows could be cracked open, to improve air flow through the vehicle....
Overall, I am pretty pleased at this point.