Love my 4x, CVT. I've heard of several who got the FWD and they haven't been disappointed in snow or ice either. With all of the electronics, ESP, anti-skid, etc, the FWD seem to do just fine. I'll have to say that the bugs were pretty much worked out about mid year '08. A few problems on the early ones like roof/sunroof leaks, early tie rod end failures, control arm bushings. Nothing note worthy as any more that "stuff happens" on the engine/drivetrain/electronics. Very few problems! The only problem is that the factory tires suck!!!!!! Maybe you can talk the dealer in to some GOOD ONES!
I just got mine back from my daughter after she had it for almost a month. I needed her Dakota with a V-6 for a long haul towing job back from Oregon. I'm the only one who works on her truck and the only time I get to do that is when we do an extended swap. She was very sorry that I had finished with her truck, she didn't want to give up the Compass (same as a Patriot except for the body shell). 60K mikes and still doing great.
Oh ya, the Hyundai Tucson was in the final running when I bought mine.
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