Join Date: May 2006
Location: Northern Illinois
Rented a Compass
I had a Compass for the last day while my car was in the shop. Here are my thougts of it. The Compass does feel like the crossover it is. Not quite as tall as an SUV, but taller than a car. The one I had was front wheel drive. In a light rain it was very easy to spin the tires. I attribute that to the CVT transmission. When you initially give it gas there is a noticeable lag before it starts going, so you give it more gas and then in the rain the tires spin. It does have traction control, but it didn't kick in before I let off the gas. The engine is a 2.4 4 cylinder. It is a very noisy engine and with the CVT when you give it much gas it goes straight up to redline and stays there buzzing away. The car is not quick in any sense of the word. It might be somewhat better with a normal automatic instead of the CVT. The handling is very mushy. More so than my Galant, which is pretty much a mush-box itself.
The interior is just okay. The seats are average in comfort. There are a lot of hard plastics in the interior. The radio does have an aux input. The rear seats have plenty of leg room even when I have the front seats scooted back. My son and his car seat fit well behind me. The hatch area is good sized for the size of the vehicle and has a hard plastic load floor. They keyless entry is integrated into the key.
While the Compass is not a bad vehicle I really don't care much it. The engine feel and performance were not up to standards of cars such as the Mazda3.
Current: 2016 Ram 1500 Sport - Past: 05 Wrangler LJ, 90 and 92 Trackers and 98 Wrangler SE