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post #1 of 21 Old 09-15-2017, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb One Week Owner's Review of New Compass 6spd vs Cherokee

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Most of us cross-shop for ourselves or for our better halves. I thought with one week of ownership I'd share what I have found to be good and bad between the two vehicles. Cherokee was 2015 Trailhawk 3.2L, Nav, Tow, Cold Weather. New vehicle is the 2017.5 Compass Latitude 4x4 6spd. Options include Cold Weather Group, Trailer Tow Group, Safety & Security Group, Popular Equipment Group and Beats Premium Audio System.

Pros:
- Lots more space around the spare tire with the foam pieces removed.
- Easier to see over left shoulder due to smaller B pillar.
- Headlights (halogen) are TONS better. High beams are terrific.
- It has a manual transmission. 1st is really tall. 6th is a true overdrive. It does not like to lug / chug below 1,900 RPMs.
- Pulling 28 MPGs on the same roads I pulled 17 in with the Cherokee.
- Push button start & proximity door locks.
- Less torque steer when accelerating.
- It has 3 pedals.
- Power driver's seat and steering wheel adjust to just about anyone.
- Floor heat vents actually warm your feet. Heater core is right by driver's right foot.
- Center console slides so you can put it where your elbow likes it.

Cons:
- Heated seats do not feel as warm.
- No rear HVAC ducts, at all. Foot or console.
- No sunglasses holder.
- No good place to put your phone.
- Center console is small.
- A bit more road noise.
- Foot wells are a bit smaller. My right leg rests on the hump.
- Rear lift gate only has one hand pocket on right to close it.
- Passenger seat does not fold flat.
- HVAC and radio are very vertical, so it takes some getting used to. No angle like the Cherokee.
- No 8.4 Uconnect with a 6spd manual.
- Hood prop rod vs shocks.
- Steering is a lot lighter and therefore takes a bit more effort to keep it straight.
- 2.4L torque band is a bit higher, and needs to rev a little more for the power to come on.

For now, I think that about sums it up. I hope this helps someone out.
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Helped me out, albeit a little on the late side. I left it too late to order as in Canada we didn't have the option of the two-tone color until now. Trouble is, now we don't have the option of a North/Lattitude with 4x4 and manual transmission. Really disappointing.

I just can't stomach the automatic transmission, and options for 4x4 with MT are very limited when it comes to what I consider to be, good looking vehicles. I lusted after the Renegade since its debut, test drove it and loved it, but ended up placing a factory order this past Monday for the Sport Compass after test driving the MT. It shifts so lovely!

It's nice to see someone review the MT. Thank you.
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Helped me out, albeit a little on the late side. I left it too late to order as in Canada we didn't have the option of the two-tone color until now. Trouble is, now we don't have the option of a North/Lattitude with 4x4 and manual transmission. Really disappointing.

I just can't stomach the automatic transmission, and options for 4x4 with MT are very limited when it comes to what I consider to be, good looking vehicles. I lusted after the Renegade since its debut, test drove it and loved it, but ended up placing a factory order this past Monday for the Sport Compass after test driving the MT. It shifts so lovely!

It's nice to see someone review the MT. Thank you.
Same here, Jeep says no 6spd in 2018 Latitude...yet some people here ordered one. Maybe there was a later cutoff? What options can you get up 'dare in a Sport?
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Same here, Jeep says no 6spd in 2018 Latitude...yet some people here ordered one. Maybe there was a later cutoff? What options can you get up 'dare in a Sport?
Up here we have the options of cold weather pkg, and sport appearance. The back up camera is not standard for Canada, but can be added for all trims.

If I had placed my order a month or so ago I would have been able to get the North with the MT and 4x4 option, but not with the black roof and I really wanted that. Honestly though, even with the North I would've been stuck with the 5 Uconnect (again in Canada, we didn't have the option of adding the 7 or 8.4 Uconnect with MT on either Sport or North trim).

So...I've saved a little money and gotten the MT 4x4 (which was non negotiable for me) and the color I wanted. I did add the above mentioned packages along with back up camera. I guess I don't need anything more than that.
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Nice Mudman.

We've had ours for a few weeks and have noticed some of the same.
Ours is a Limited 4x4, so it has the 9spd transmission.... which is the same 2.4l with 9spd that we have in our Cherokee.

My main things we've noticed:
PROS
- Much lighter than the Cherokee, so it feels peppier around town
- Android auto and Apple carplay are excellent
- Backup warning, lane departure warning, blind spot warning all work very well.

CONS
- The hood support surprised me. Such a nice vehicle with such a glaring omission (no struts).
- Biggest complaint inside is the lack of space for the cell phone. Drives my wife crazy.
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Ok, so yeah, The hood support...I can deal with that. But an overhead console for sunglasses would be pretty nice. And the center console storage is pretty limited. Minor complaints for sure. Maybe a pair instead of a single 12v outlet in the front too??? In Sport Trim, there's actually a small compartment ahead of the gear shifter that works pretty good for a cell phone.
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Cons:
- No rear HVAC ducts, at all. Foot or console.
I re-read your post... I'll have to look again, but I swear we have vents at the back of our center console, just like we have in the Cherokee TH.
We're out of state now, so I'll have to look tomorrow.

But that surprises me that something like rear vents would change between trim levels.

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I washed it, dried it, wiped it down, did the Clay Bar treatment, and two coats of wax. I like how the rear drive module is more serviceable than on the Cherokee, with drain and fill plugs easy to get to. Gas tank is not as tall on one side. Raingler Net from the Cherokee fit in the front, turned upside down and rotated 180 degrees.

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Looks great! After all that work, are you gonna want to get her dirty? 😉
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Looks great! After all that work, are you gonna want to get her dirty? 😉
In two weekends the gf and I are going camping. Until then, not really!
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I tried to double like your reply, but it only took one of 'em. Hope you have a great trip, and maybe a little mud!!!
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Cons:

- No rear HVAC ducts, at all. Foot or console.

Not unheard of, I guess to switch between trim levels. But we do have rear vents, with rear USB port and 120v plugin.
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Not unheard of, I guess to switch between trim levels. But we do have rear vents, with rear USB port and 120v plugin.
It looks like the 9 speed auto comes with rear HVAC vents, the 6spd manual does not.
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Not as pretty and certainly not as effective, but in Sport trim, there are "vents" for the rear under both driver & passenger front seats.
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It looks like the 9 speed auto comes with rear HVAC vents, the 6spd manual does not.
That's still odd.
Is there some physical restriction with the manual transmission that prevents the vent tubing?

hmmmm.

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Since Jeep decided that no one buys these in cold climates, I'm ordering one of these off Amazon: https://www.wolverineheater.com/Model-9-p/9.0.htm. I measured and it will fit nicely in the center of the oil pan. I much prefer a block heater, but I'm not a fan of after factory installs of them..too many horror stories.

Side note...Weathertech is starting to move along with options. They have rear seat covers and rear floor mats up. I'm hoping the vent shades come along soon.

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Wolverine Heater is in the garage. Weathertech has released both front and rear mats; mine will be at my door tomorrow. Mopar vent shades will be at my local dealer on Tuesday. Trailhawk skid plates arrived and I pick them up tomorrow. Fumoto valve arrives early next week. Mods are almost done!

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Man! You are gittin' er done!!! Awesome!
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Wolverine Heater is in the garage. Weathertech has released both front and rear mats; mine will be at my door tomorrow. Mopar vent shades will be at my local dealer on Tuesday. Trailhawk skid plates arrived and I pick them up tomorrow. Fumoto valve arrives early next week. Mods are almost done!
Nice!

Not something I would E V E R need here in Arizona.
But nice quick mod.

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Mopar Vent Shades installed. They look good and fit good. I did not use the dumb metal tabs. $100 even from the local dealer.

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