Originally Posted by jeep_on
Why the hell would any one even think about buying / leasing a Compass? Go buy a Pontiac Vibe, its the same thing and your not disgracing the legend of the Jeep name.
I'm NOT looking to start a flame war.
but that is a pretty stupid statement.
1. A Pontiac Vibe is a Toyota Matrix, and a Jeep Compass seems to share a bit of platform with some Mitsubishis. Those are very separate companies. Toyota has ties to GM while Mitsu to DC.
2. "Disgracing" the Jeep name?
How about a vehicle that is designged to potentially keep Jeep in business?
Jeep IS about building capable vehicles. Yes, most are mildly-to-very off-roadable from a start. But still a TINY percentage EVER see use off-road.
A Compass represents a product that realistically accepts that, while still offering MANY of the things for which the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of people buy Jeeps.
The ability to deal with foul weather, the confidence of a well-built, nicely styled utility vehicle. AND it is one that has been designed with some economy in mind.
It's been a long time since CAFE standards were raised. But it's just a matter of time.
Remember that for every 26/30 mpg Compass they sell, that's another couple of gas guzzling Wranglers, GCs, Commanders or Libbys they can sell too. And I don't want to see those more rugged, and much more capable vehicles go away anytime soon!
The Compass and Patriot platform is going to do Jeep a service. It's going to help protect the nameplate from rising gas prices and EPA regulation. To bring in more and liekly new customers, some of whom never would have considered a Jeep in the first place. Others of whom might have gone another direction if not for the economy offered by the platform.
So instead of looking at them with disdain, perhaps you should appreciate the money and average fuel economy they're feeding back to the rest of the line.