I think it would be worth taking a test drive with the stick. I don't do a lot of off roading but have had it out a few times on some seasonal roads in the hills that were in rough shape. I haven't had issues getting off the clutch on inclines either. I don't think I'd take the compass anywhere that required a lot of time in low range. If nothing else, the power will limit the types of off road situations you'll want to tackle. That being said I would have jumped on a low range option with the manual (you know, for times when I choose to do something stupid).
Also I have the 7" Uconnect system and the latest firmware update helped clear up most of the minor issues. Android auto and Apple carplay both work reasonably well for nav and I typically use amazon music for tunes. For me I don't think the extra 1.4" would make much difference (although my wife might disagree).
Don't forget if you can't find what you want on the lot you can always order one. On the rare occasions I buy new, I order my vehicles so I don't have to compromise on options. Also I ldo prefer manual transmissions which are almost non existent in my area.
My dealer also provides a lifetime powertrain warranty if they do the oil changes/maintenance. I can still do brakes and consumables myself. Thats what sold me on giving the new redesign a go, especially as I typically will run a vehicle past 200,000. Good luck...I'm pushing past 9k miles on mine and am happy so far.
2018 Compass Latitude 4x4 6sp - Pref group, Cold Weather, Tow pkg
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