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post #1 of 3 Old 07-06-2008, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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First long trip in my 2008 Compass-MPG

Just drove my 2008 Compass 5 spd from Iowa to Colorado...and back.

Got 28.5 MPG going to Colorado, which as you know is "uphill" alot of the way (averaging about 70 miles per hour)...

Got 30.6 MPG coming back (again averaging about 70 MPH)...

By the way, the Compass handles great on mountain roads- we even took it off road on some unmaintaned roads that were dry and it did fine. I have two wheel drive. Back seat...not terribly comfortable on long rides!

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post #2 of 3 Old 07-07-2008, 04:23 PM
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Thanks for the feedback.

Livin' here in Colorado is a bit of an adjustment. Vehicles have ~20% less power, are climbing steeper grades, and don't need premium fuel.

Oh, and FWIW we dislike the back seat in our Land Rover LR3 doesn't off recline like a Patriot/Compass does (!) and can be quite the bun burner.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-07-2008, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Estes Park is quite the tourist trap, but a good stopping off point to Rocky Mountain National Park, which is what we went to see anyway. Mostly hiking on some of the more "established" mountain trails. Over the week I did about 30 miles of trails- cub lake/etc, bear lake/etc, and Ouzel falls/lake, to name a couple that I remember. Took the Compass off road on a couple poorly maintained roads off of Ridge road, just below the Alpine visitor center. Good to know that even with 2 WD, the Compass can hold it own on a rough dirt road!

Yea, the back seat folder down nicely- we had 3 people and two dogs and put 1/2 of the back seat down to accompany luggage- so 3 people with luggage for a week, two 20 lb dogs and we were not terrible cramped- except when it was my turn for the back, where the leg room was abit limited and the seats won't recline...
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