Hello, friends. I am wondering why one chooses to buy a compass over other Jeep offerings; if price is a primary factor then let me know why a compass over other vehicles? What other vehicles did you consider before buying one?
Ok, having just purchased a 2014 Compass Latitude last week, I'll explain why I made my decision to do so.
I was in the market for a new commuter rig. I drive (60) miles/day. (50) on the highway. I bought a new 2013 JK Wrangler Sport S (6) months ago (my DD at the time), had a 2012 KK Liberty (wife's rig) as well as a 99 S10 Blazer 4x4 (beater rig). New 4x4 will not see off-road duty at all. The others will do that!
Although, our KK only had 8,800 miles on it, we got tired of the horrid handling, poor front seat comfort and the extremely annoying wind noise from the front windshield. So we decided this would be traded in and my wife would get my 13 JK as her DD. The JK wasn't the most comfortable rig on long highway driving.
My priorities for my new DD were (in descending order) as follows;
#1) It had to be a 4x4 w/auto trans. I wanted a car, but "the Boss" insisted it be a 4x4. lol!
#2) The price had to be <$25,000. Wanted to keep the payment the same area as the KK was. This limited my choices down to the small SUV segment.
#3) I researched the following. Wanted another JK but w/auto put it over $25k. Looked at the..... Ford Escape (too many blown up Eco-boost engines for my comfort), Hyundai Tucson/Kia Sportage (nice engines with Direct injection), Honda CR-V (Boring!), Toyota RAV-4, Suburu Forester/Crosstek (good luck finding them), Mazda CX-5 (too far away), Chevy Equinox/GM Terrain (can't get a 4x4 under $25k), Dodge Journey AWD (love the 3.6 in my JK + huge rebate) and finally the Jeep Patriot/Compass.
BTW, Here's a great research website -->
#4) Value.....Bang-for-the-buck options/features. Had to have a Sunroof and an upgraded Sound system. This added $1300 to all the above. Trying to stay under $25 Grand, this put all the above (except the Patriot, Compass) out of the running. Has pretty much everything a loaded Limited has except Leather and Power seats.
#5) Best Deal.... Jeep had the best incentives/rebates out there currently by far as well. Ended up getting my Compass Latitude around $4,000 under MSRP. Options are Sun/Sound group, EVIC, uConnect, 18" chrome wheels, auto-start and it has the 430 touch screen stereo! Couldn't get close to that price from the other manufacturers!
#6) I prefer the looks of the Compass (small Grand Cherokee) over the Patriot (small KJ old Liberty-had one, not a fan of the slanted nose). You Homophobes who think Compass's are for girls and Patriots are for boys need cracked upside the fukking head! LMAO!
So far (400 miles), I'm very satisfied with my decision. IMHO, the Compass is very under-rated. Not nearly as refined as the others, but still very capable, very comfortable, very decent ride and handling, Highway MPGs 27-28 so far (not broken in). The new (6) speed auto transmission is awesome (very smooth shifting).