We have had our 2015 Compass High Altitude for 6 months and are very pleased with it. First of all it was a great value-$25,599.00 out the door. This model includes leather and moonroof.
We find the ride to be compliant and composed. It is surprisingly quiet and when going 65-70 on interstates it's all good.
A couple of minor complaints- first, there is no auto lamp feature so have to remember to turn on headlights when it starts to get dark. Also the six-speed transmission sometimes delays shifting into 6th gear longer than seems necessary. Overall we are very satisfied so far. We live on a rural gravel road and it has been great in the mud and also in snowy slippery conditions.
I can't believe how nice this Compass is -- at least for me. I was expecting cheap and thrashy, and instead it's smooth, quiet and very composed. Soaks up bumps. Firm, supportive seats. Interior is not nearly as cheap as some of the reviews would lead you to think. I mean, lighted cupholders, cruise control and Jeep floormats on a car I paid $13K for brand new! The plastics are soft enough in most places, a decent quality vibe.
Update after 1.5 years: I don't drive much, but it's city driving. In that context the pluses and minuses include (pluses) nice turning radius, responsive controls, perfect size, very useful cargo-wise, firm suspension, great ground clearance, easy to park. (Minuses) a bit too firm on washboard surfaces, watch the tire pressure since if too low the abs gets wonky.
No real problems to report. I think this is the perfect city car: good size for driving with decent cargo capacity. Great visibility. Gas mileage OK for the capability of vehicle. I get an honest 30mpg on freeway, but I do mostly city and get around 22. After 1.5 years of parking on the street and driving over potholes the Compass is still tight and responsive. Really glad I didn't get a bigger or heavier car; this one is perfect.
I traded in my 2013 Kia Soul+ (2.0ltr 6spd automatic) for this car. So far I'm happy even though I loved my fun punchy Kia. I decided to get a new 2015 instead of the current year model (better warranty and discounted price.) I have the 2.4ltr 5spd manual FWD. I have already taken the car on two 200 mile round trips to Vegas. It handled great and was a comfortable ride.
After a few times driving I had the shifting dialed in. The clutch is a soft clutch. I was expecting it to be a lot stiffer, but happy it wasn't. As someone else mentioned, it's not a Porsche. I get good acceleration with enough power to get up to speed and move through traffic. I did notice that very steep hills it did require downshifting (to 4th) if under 55 in some cases, but that's why I wanted a manual. I hated "putting my foot in it" just to get the Kia to go sometimes. The Kia paddle shifting is a joke. The Compass handles speeds up to at least 85 with no problems at all. I'm sure it can handle more, I just haven't pushed it yet since it's still new. There's plenty of pedal left for accelerating. The ride is smooth and fairly quiet. Braking is smooth and not grabby like my Kia which makes me, hubby and our dog happy.
The only thing I miss is some of the technology the Kia had. I have to use my mp3 player instead of having an internal storage built into my radio. The "miles till empty" and "miles per gallon" features were nice on my Kia as well. Keyless entry (will be installing aftermarket soon) and power windows are missing on the Compass too. There's a good bit more room in the Compass and it does "sit up" a little higher which I really like.
I really don't understand why this vehicle gets such a bad rep. Why even take the time to write a review if you're just renting it? Obviously it's not your vehicle so of course there are going to be things you don't necessarily like. Everyone who writes reviews like that I just picture them in their Honda Prius looking cool af. Anyways I can't complain about the Jeep Compass, I love it!
I had a Jeep Compass 2015 for two weeks and it was just bad. I picked the Jeep over others in the line I could choose from mainly because I had always want a Jeep and it was white colored, I figured in the AZ heat a light colored car would be cooler than the dark colored ones.
The first thing I noticed was that I sat very low to the ground for a SUV. My Tucson sits higher. You also sit low in the car, at 5'6" I could not see over the windshield wipers to see the hood. The wipers also took up a lot of real estate on the windshield.
The next thing was the shirfter just wan't straight from park to drive or drive to park, you had to go right and around each gear, that drove me nuts for two weeks.
3rd the Jeep is VERY bad at accelorating, getting into traffic was dangerous. If you stepped on the gas be prepared to wait a few seconds 3-5 at least for it to go.
4th Poor rear cargo space, again my Tucson is much better.
5th small gas tank and average or below fuel economy.
6th The rear door handles are vertical and not horizonal like most cars, what a pain that was. The sit high near the window.
7th Poor storage in the passenger area, not seat pockets. Although I will say the center console was OK.
8th Parking was again just ok.
9th Slanted dash means nothing could be placed on it, like a GPS with out falling down.
10th The damn seat belt chimer would charm non stop even if the passenger un buckled their belt for a few minutes.
I would not buy one.