They were built to be an economy SUV that gets OK mileage, they were definitely not built for speed. Take a look at the reviews of the Nissan Rogue with the CVT... same complaints about noisy transmission/engine. Its because they are very similar transmissions, the CVTs in our Compasses/Patriots were actually made for Chrysler by a subsidiary of Nissan. Keep in mind a lot of the complaints for almost any vehicle are usually written by people that want the ride of a luxury car, with the performance of a sports car, the gas mileage of a Prius, and the interior size of a suburban. You have to compromise somewhere in there for any vehicle, you just have to focus on whats the most important to you.
2012 Jeep Compass Sport 4x4
2.4L I4, CVT II, Freedom Drive I
2010 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
4.7L V8, 545RFE, Big Horn Edition