After doing 4 months of extensive research on various small SUVs, the Compass Lattitude 4x4 proved to be the best value for my dollar.
Love the new 'baby Grand Cherokee' design.
Decent gas mileage with surprisingly more power than I was lead to believe from reading the expert reviews.
Handles like a car but still has the solid build of a Jeep SUV.
All in all, IMHO, beats the Rav4,
If i had made my decision soley on edmunds review i would not own a compass. totally satisfied plenty of power if you want more buy a 8 cylinder.i got 26 mpg on the highway cruising at 70 mph drove 400 miles my first trip comfort was excellent.my wife loves it
After 2 months and 2k miles, am ready to give you observations.
They're almost all good, I've been been very happy so far.
Fit & Finish is fine and I've had no issues at all during the break-in period.
I chose this over a comparably equipped 2012 Ford Escape.
Would I buy another someday?
Probably, but if they gave it better thigh support?
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.
After driving 30 or so miles continuously, the jeep will not accelerate properly. It "bucks" and skips after coming to a complete stop, then pressing on the gas ped. It does this for about 300 feet, then something catches and it starts driving ok again. I brought the to the Jeep dealership in Brandon Florida, and they say that unless they can re-create the event, there's nothing they can do.
The car is narrow, not roomy or comfortable. There are a few unsafe blind spots from the driver's view. Specifically front left. Be careful driving through a crowded parking lot, as this blind spot can block out a complete person.
The exterior design is cute. The mpg is more like 19 city and 22 hwy.