Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Almost in the Northwoods
My Initial Impressions
Good morning. Here are my initial impressions of the 2017 Jeep Compass Latitude 4x4 6pd manual. I took delivery with 14 miles on it. On the 80 mile drive home, I averaged 35 MPG doing the speed limits. 6th gear is a true overdrive gear. Anything below 63ish MPH and it is lugging. Comparing the ride to the trade, the 2015 Trailhawk 3.2L, I'd say the ride is not as refined. I feel more bumps and road seams in the seat and the wheel than in the Cherokee. It could be the smaller tires as I ran factory 17" rims (same as the Compass), but had larger Load Range E Goodyear tires on it with more than twice the sidewall. The steering is lighter than the Cherokee, so you do steer it at 70 a little more. Not a bad thing, just lighter. Seats are comfortable and the power driver seat has a HUGE range of adjustment. The steering wheel tilt and telescope also has a huge range. It is easy to get comfortable that way. My right leg is riding on the center hump, but it also did that in my VW Jetta TDI 6spd. The factory spare is a steel rim with a matching Firestone Destination LE2 temp tire, as marked with the big "O" on the sidewall. But, at least it is matching and not a gumband. I threw my old Weathertech cargo mat for a try in the Compass. It is only about 1"-2" smaller on two sides. If I wanted to loose the lips from the mat, it would fit perfect. The rear seat is not as comfortable compared to the Cherokee, but only our two small dogs ride back there...and their opinion does not matter.
Two things that are a HUGE improvement over the Cherokee, okay well three things. First is mileage. 80 miles, brand new, on under 1/8 of a tank. Winning! Second, I get to shift and the gears row very smooth. Third, is the lighting. Reverse lights are actually useful. Rear camera is great in daylight and at night. Headlights do not shine down super far, but they are 100% better than the KL. Fog lights could be brighter, but their spread and match with the headlights is spot on. Brights / high beams, WOW. I won't say they are magical, but I threw them across 200 yards of field at my apartment building and lit the whole thing up. I could not do that, at all, in the Cherokee. Magical for all sorts of reasons. The headlights will stay, but I might improve the fogs if an option comes to market.
Blindspot monitoring is new for me, and it worked well on I-43 yesterday. Backup beepers combined with the camera work very well. The Beats speakers are worth the $700. Not a Bose home system, but I'd say its better than my Cherokee's Alpine factory system. The 7" Uconnect works well and is responsive. It is more vertical than the Cherokee, so it is a bit different viewing angle...like they designed it for the rear passengers...but I found it easy to adjust settings and change channels.
Overall, yesterday was a win. Cherokee loan paid off via trade...no neg equity. $3,000 off MSRP on the Compass. Mopar Lifetime warranty with $100 deductible at cost. Total loan came in UNDER what MSRP plus taxes would have been. A big plug for Griffin's Hub in Milwaukee.
Funny edit reason...the Auto Start-Stop sticker on the window...FCA did not get their own memo because mine does NOT have that...the button is a dummy place holder. False advertising?
Last edited by Mudman1; 10-09-2017 at 05:09 PM.