Been very happy with my Compass so far. Does your PAT have DRL's? Biggest safety issue I've seen is that you forget to turn them on at night b/c the headlights are pretty bright in DRL mode. If not, the only other safety concern is the visibility. You can lose pedestrians (or even a car) behind the rather thick A Pillar if you don't clear an intersection well. Make sure your daughter pays careful attention approaching intersections and she should be fine. Since you're not driving it, you probably aren't worried about the CVT performance but IMO it's fine. It's not the most responsive and it doesn't help the noise when mated to the 2.4L, but I actually like it on the highway...with such a small engine, you don't feel constantly downshifting when it hits a hill.