IKEA-Sized SUV - 2007 Jeep Compass Long-Term Road Test

2007 Jeep Compass Long-Term Road Test

2007 Jeep Compass: IKEA-Sized SUV

September 06, 2007

Earlier this week my husband and I went to the mall by ourselves and left complimenting each other on the fact that we didn't buy anything for our seven-year-old daughter.

On the way home, we decided to stop at Ikea. Forty-five minutes later, we were loading Emma's new desk, chair, desk lamp, and other accessories into the Jeep Compass' cargo area. So much for self-control.

With the second-row seats folded down, the Compass handled the build-it-yourself furniture boxes with ease, but it was while we were unloading that I realized just how much the Compass and Ikea furniture have in common. They're both shiny on the outside, masking questionable quality on the inside. They're both built on a slightly smaller scale than the average full-size adult needs, making them functional, yet not quite comfortable. And neither the Compass nor an Ikea desk are aspirational items. They're both something you settle for until you find the replacement piece of your dreams.

If the Compass arrived with a plastic bag of hardware that included a funny, little wrench in its glovebox, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 9625 miles

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