The birth of our son got the clock ticking on my wife's Mini Cooper, and about a month ago, we traded it on a Jeep Compass Sport (FWD, 5spd., 2.4L engine).
While the Jeep was a great value, it really compares well to similarly-sized SUVs (Ford Escape, Subaru Forrester).
It isn't a performance vehicle, but some of its features are really well thought out.
The rear cargo light/flashlight has already come in handy, and the two-level storage in the armrest is very nice.
It also also has done very well with gas.
We've averaged over 26 mpg for the first 2,000 miles, better than we expected.
This little Jeep is not the most refined car we've ever owned, but it is an impressive package.
Great cargo capacity in a small package.
Well thought out inetrior design.
Styling is not SUV generic.
Priced below most competitors.
The engine is no powerhouse, but the gearing really doesn't help.
3rd to 4th seems particularly overspaced.
The shifter itself is actually quite good, but the ratios could be improved.
The standard Firestones also seem like too much of a "compromise" tire.
They aren't very grippy.