October 11, 2007
I remember hearing a while back that Chrysler/Jeep hadn't always intended to produce both the Compass and Patriot. The two Caliber-clone designs were shown to a focus group. The Compass was overwhelmingly preferred by women and the Patriot preferred by men. At that point, they decided to sell both.
After driving a Patriot last night (the gauges have the same compass points by the way), I walked away realizing that the only reason to pick a Patriot over a Compass is styling. So let's hear it, what do you prefer?
To make it easier, here's some multiple choice options.
1) Compass all the way! The Patriot looks like the deformed child of a Cherokee.
2) I'm a Patriot type of guy! The Compass needs directions to a crusher!
3) Neither. Give me a real Jeep, not some Caliber mini wagon thing.
4) Doesn't matter. The Compass and the Patriot are the greatest vehicles ever made and we should all be so lucky to own them
James Riswick, Associate Editor
October 10, 2007
Our long-term Jeep Compass earned its keep during the past week, when It hauled Brownies and camping equipment to the annual Girl Scout Camporee and carpooled kids to and from elementary school.
Despite the fact that the Girl Scout campground had warned (too late) against leaving food in vehicles, nary a feral cat or a ravaging squirrel smashed through the Compass' passenger window to gorge on the peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars I had left exposed in the Jeep's open dash storage bin.
September 20, 2007
OK. I need to say it straight-up. I'm not a big fan of the 2007 Jeep Compass. I think it's pretty damn unattractive.
Yes, brands need to diversify and change, but I don't think Jeep's had a good-looking new model in awhile. The Wrangler Unlimited is fantastic, but that body style is a tried-and-true classic (albeit with a stretched wheelbase) and the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are staples. But the Compass? Blech. Patriot? Wussy. Commander? Mercedes G-Wagen wannabe.
Maybe it's the almost trapezoidal slopes. The A-pillar naturally slopes back, but then the back windshield mimics it, rather than simply going straight up and down. Is it supposed to be more, uh, sporty? Edgy? Daring? And then there's that damn C-pillar, with the enormous blind spot, reminiscent of the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Why? What's wrong with a little glass and, you know, rear visibility? And that slapped-on shiny chrome on the rear bumper? Ugh.
Doug Lloyd, Senior Copy Editor, @ 11,186 miles
September 07, 2007
Our long-term 2007 Jeep Compass emits a loud horn honk every time you lock it with the keyless remote. Since I live and park within close proximity of my neighbors (the joys of apartment living), I immediately applied the usual button-mashing protocol to disable this feature.
No dice, so I immediately RTM'd, and oddly enough, there's no provision to disable the honk.
You can disable the light flash upon locking the vehicle, but you can't stop the honk. Obviously, if I wanted to fiddle with the electronic stuff or sweet-talk my service advisor, I'm sure something could be done. But so much for a 5-second DIY job. So I started locking the Jeep with the key, but unlike in the "old days," a double twist of the key doesn't lock all the doors -- you have to remember to hit the button before exiting the vehicle.
After several days of driving the Compass around town, I've decided that its adroit handling is its major saving grace. As small SUVs go, its steering is fairly direct and the chassis is capable enough for enthusiastic cornering when the mood strikes. One word of caution, though: Make sure you don't have your dry cleaning in the Compass at the time. My fresh-pressed suits flew right off the luggage hook.
Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor
August 30, 2007
I like the look of the Jeep Compass. The Inferno Red paint is a nice deep shade and the 18-inch chrome wheels are pretty spiffy. See how they reflect on my driveway in the morning sunlight.
I would like to see a more powerful engine offered than the 172-horsepower 2.4-liter inline 4.
Combined with the CVT it's not brilliant. You really have to floor it to get up to speed when merging onto the freeway or trying to pass. And it is LOUD at high rpm.
With that said, if you're looking for an economical little hauler, the Compass is not a bad choice. It's comfortable, it's cute and it'll cart you around town the same as a Honda CR-V.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 9,357 miles
August 01, 2007
As we approach the end of the Compass's long-term test year, I recall that in earlier posts I reported feeling that while driving the Compass crossover I required the extra height of a booster seat. I complimented the Compass for its design, but felt like I lacked the feeling of road control because it is not a full fledged SUV.
It is funny how times have changed. After months of driving the Compass and really getting used to its build I was surprised to see that the Jeep Cherokee parked next to my Compass in the parking lot looked huge, if not monstrous, next to the Jeep Compass.
Ironic, of course, since the Cherokee is by no means one of the largest in its class on the market, but all a matter of comparison I suppose!
Alison Steinlauf Anziska, Marketing Coordinator
July 19, 2007
It feels like it's been a while since we've generated any optimistic conversation about the Jeep Compass Limited and I'm starting to feel like it's too easy to be negative. I've driven around this week trying to stay positive and focus a bit on where this car succeeds rather than it's failures. Sometimes it's the little things that count and are often overlooked. Point #1- the turning circle. The Compass' smaller crossover build and nice compact feeling makes sharp turns easy and controllable. As I've mentioned in previous posts my parking space is tight and requires a quick left turn upon entering my garage. This has never been a problem with the Compass as it responds well to small spaces and handles smoothly on turns.
So I'm still on the lookout for some more positive qualities, I'll get back to you when I can figure them out!
Alison Steinlauf Anziska, Marketing Coordinator