Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Almost in the Northwoods
One Week Owner's Review of New Compass 6spd vs Cherokee
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.
- 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.
- 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.