I had a malibu with a v6 before my compass. Obviously I felt a bit sluggish when I got the compass. I do a lot (if not mostly) hwy driving and I'm mostly in the left hand lane as well. It's not as good at overtaking as a car that's better designed for picking up speed quickly, but realistically, I didn't buy the compass to race the kids in their civics.
Coles notes: not as powerful geting up to speed, but not a klunker either.