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post #1 of 13 Old 04-18-2018, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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Wife Sitting on the fence on new purchase, please advise

Hi All,

We are looking at purchasing the following 2018 Jeep Compass:

Trim: Limited 4 X 4
Panoramic Sunroof
Tow Package
Electric Tailgate
8.4 U Connect
Roof = Black
Exterior: Preference is White
Interior: Preference is Ski Grey
19 inch Wheels.

She loves the look, looks very premium (mini Grand Cherokee), She saw some reviews about the engine lacking power, and the gears not shifting correctly. She is debating about purchasing a Honda CRV or Nissan Rogue as a result.

Any regrets about purchasing the 2017-2018 compass?
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-18-2018, 03:22 AM
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We have similar taste! You guys are looking at a Compass almost the same as mine (except I donít have the tow package). I can tell you that I absolutely love my Compass! The exterior and interior look great. No, it isnít crazy fast, but I donít street race anymore, so I can manage! LOL... And funny you mention that you guys are looking at a Honda CRV, too, because I used to own one. My Honda CRV was a very reliable vehicle. It wasnít very fast either, but it also doesnít look as good as the Compass in my opinion. Take both for a test drive and pick which one you like best. Of course, I would pick the Compass.
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Hi All,

We are looking at purchasing the following 2018 Jeep Compass:

Trim: Limited 4 X 4
Panoramic Sunroof
Tow Package
Electric Tailgate
8.4 U Connect
Roof = Black
Exterior: Preference is White
Interior: Preference is Ski Grey
19 inch Wheels.

She loves the look, looks very premium (mini Grand Cherokee), She saw some reviews about the engine lacking power, and the gears not shifting correctly. She is debating about purchasing a Honda CRV or Nissan Rogue as a result.

Any regrets about purchasing the 2017-2018 compass?

We have the 2018 Compass Trailhawk and love it. I do not consider our Trailhawk lacking in power but the Trailhawks get 4.33 gearing and I feel this helps a lot. The Limited gets the worse gearing for acceleration and off-road use out of the Compass trim levels. Our transmission is mostly right where it needs to be but I'm seeing every now and then it feels like it selected the wrong gear for the conditions. This has been a very spotty condition and does not concern me. Test drive one and if it feels slow or trans feels wrong to you test drive a different trim.

As for looking at Honda or Nissan they are decent choices but ask yourself how you will be using your new SUV. If you go off-road much the Jeep has the better 4wd system. Jeep will also do better in snow and ice in hilly terrain. We had a 2006 CRV with realtime 4wd. I can tell you if you go that route don't pay for the 4WD-AWD version because it is crap for sending power to the rear wheels. Just get the front drive and real good tires. My understanding is the Nissan is close to the same.

On the flip side if you don't have to worry about snow/ice or off-road use both the Honda and Nissan will ride better get better MPG and likely be quicker. However watch out for CVT transmissions on these and other little SUVs as they are often troublesome and a ton of money to fix/replace.

I can honestly say if we went back in time I would still buy the 18 Compass Trailhawk all over again the only thing I would change is to get one with the factory tow package. This only because adding the factory tow components ran into some snags at the dealer also very expensive to do but we had the dealership throw it in as part of the deal so it worked out ok for us in the long run.

Best of luck in whatever you choose!
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post #4 of 13 Old 04-18-2018, 02:25 PM
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The Compass is definitely the best way to go if you are in the market for a compact SUV, that is IF you are actually going to use it for SUV-type things. If its just to ride the pavement to work and back in an urban environment then thats fine but you are just buying something for looks and to try to give off some specific persona. Nothing wrong with that it just means there is no reason to give more weight to things like the Jeep's superior 4x4 capability. If you ain't gonna use it (regularly, pretending like you plan to go camping and trail riding one time someday doesn't count) then don't weight it when making the decision. Pay more attention to the things that matter, like is your wife a super aggressive driver who has miniature battle royales on the freeway every single day? If and only if that is the case she might need to be concerned about the amount of power the current Compass offers. For anything below 65 MPH it does very well because of sufficient gearing to launch it and be effective at fighting traffic in the 35-50 MPH range. Its mainly freeway acceleration where physics exceed what the gearing can make up for. Its true the Limited trim is geared the highest and this does hurt accel a tiny bit but it also gives it the highest MPG potential, and I can say depending on your speed ours can hold an average of 30 MPG on a road trip if the conditions are right which is pretty great (more like 28 MPG when she is driving tho...)

Keep in mind, the alternatives she is considering are no faster. They are all sub-200 horse wagons, so give or take a few pounds and their gearing everything she is looking at is roughly the same amount of slow. You'd need to look at entirely different vehicles in a different price range from some "premium" brands to get any meaningful horsepower in a vehicle this size (see: Land Rover Discovery Sport). Need, of course, is subjective. I am screwed because my wife has a small turbocharged coupe she is now used to and she will never be happy driving a sub-200 horse vehicle ever again. We want her next vehicle to be at least all-wheel drive because we live in the sticks of Northern Minnesota, the only way to get power and all wheel drive is to open up the wallet wider I'm afraid. I put up with the lack of power in the Compass because I can always take her turbo for a spin to scratch that itch...

Anywho, I have never had any issues with the transmission shifting properly in our 2nd Gen Compass Limited 4x4. It works great. Really makes the most of the power available.

The infotainment in the Compass is great, better than Honda for sure. My mother has a 2016 CRV and it has "good" infotainment but Jeep/Chrysler hits some marks just a bit better, like actually having a GD volume knob, having physical buttons to mute the audio, turn off the screen (for nighttime driving), and also physical buttons for parts of the climate control that matter. They may have fixed some of this in the new models but the 2016 comes up short in this area. Otherwise their interiors are very comparable in terms of quality. I don't know about the Rogue, no hands-on experience there, but I came from a Nissan sedan into this Compass and I can say I will likely never buy another Nissan again. Their marketing is strong (or should I say, "the Marketing is Strong with this one" ?) but I'm not convinced Nissan delivers on what they purport to offer.

The only other thought I had was BE SURE TO GET EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT THE FIRST TIME. You don't strike me as this kind of buyer but here on the forum we are up to our elbows with people who purchased a low-end Compass and then they want to "Upgrade" to the big Uconnect screen and stuff like that. Jeep has made it pretty difficult to do these kinds of things, if you think you want Sirius XM Guardian you better buy the Jeep with it from the get-go because you pretty much cannot add it after the fact.

In the sub-200 horsepower compact SUVs the Compass is a clear winner. I think it turned out that way by accident, because its the product of FCA wanting to build a reasonably priced AWD CUV and they basically said "We (Chrysler) are not in a position to make an entry into the compact SUV segment right now, lets put the JEEP name on this one and replace their dated CUV" and Jeep division replied "Hold the phone, you aren't going to put OUR name on this glorified car until it meets a minimum set of standards!" and then they battled internally until the Jeep side was satisfied that that the powertrain and suspension were good enough to be on a lot in the vicinity of the beloved Wrangler, and the Chrysler side was satisfied that the vehicle was of sufficient quality as to appeal to modern buyers while not being too expensive to produce. (Separately, they also battled the aesthetics out until it looked like it belonged on a lot with the Grand Cherokee. Search Google for the Fiat 500X if you want to know how bad this vehicle *could have* came out in the looks department).

Good luck with your decision making!
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for what I was looking for (manual transmission 4wd under 25k) it was this or the forester. I would make the same decision again.

Despite how much I will forever complain about infotainment touch screen; as @arudlang said at least it has the physical knobs/buttons for a lot of the controls, and you can hit "screen off" and use those or the steering column or voice command for most things.

Only regret is not getting one with a spare tire before I left the dealer lot. The spare tire is an option (for my trimline) and they are backordered with no ETA on delivery. If you are looking at several, double check in the trunk that there is a spare tire kit.

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I would stay away from a limited and get a latitude with less packages or forego getting a Compass altogether..

I've been at the dealer more times than I can count for issues related to our 2018 Jeep Compass Limited 4x4. Every issue i've had is different. My biggest gripe with this car is quality and lack of storage. Aftermarket can help but can only do so much.
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Only regret is not getting one with a spare tire before I left the dealer lot. The spare tire is an option (for my trimline) and they are backordered with no ETA on delivery. If you are looking at several, double check in the trunk that there is a spare tire kit.

Just a bit of info on the spare tire if you get either the factory tow package or the Trailhawk a full size spare is included.
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Wow, thanks for the detailed feedback. I will discuss with the wife further.

She is coming from a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited V8, purchased brand new. Unfortunately the transmission has issues, not worth repairing. She has rented a 2019 Jeep Cherokee for the week while we narrow down her next vehicle. It’s has a panoramic roof, 8.4” uconnect which is a must after using it with CarPlay for a couple of days. Not a bad overall ride, she however likes the front end of the Compass a bit better.

Her primary use will be local city driving, but she is sold on 4X4 after struggling to climb some higher inclined streets in the snow with a friends vehicle. Doesn’t matter if I say FWD with great tires will do the job as well in our local streets. Only snows like 2-3 days out of the year here in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Just rains heres...

Thanks again for all your input...
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She very well may like the Cherokee better after she drives the Compass for a while. Depending which engine the Cherokee she is driving now has.
IMO the 2019 Cherokee is the better buy with the extra room and storage areas and the 2.0 w/turbo is one sweet running motor compared to the 2.4

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The two big keys. If it is about passing speed on the highway the Cherokee will win no questions asked with either the turbo or the pentastar v6. If it's about city driving the Compass is as good as any. The transmission is ridiculously smooth in the car and it's hard to notice it at work. It only has one major issue, that is the slam on the gass at highway speeds action. What will happen is the car will take a moment to drop down a couple gears, but then the engine is going to be very strained, and the trans will start working it's way up while you are accelerating. The way it's geared also means that basically 6 and up is made for the highway.

Basically if you do a lot of highway driving and want a car that feels a lot less effortless on the highway the Compass isn't the car. Anything else it is great. Honestly I enjoy just setting the cruise to 65-70mph and getting 28.5-29 MPG.
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I had a 2014 Rogue SV...loved it. Comfortable. Lots of head room etc. I now have an 18 Limited...love it too. A bit smaller than the Rogue. Smooth comfortable ride. I have had no issues other than needing an update on software. I bought mine in August 2017. It seems like the next batch had issues. Try them both out and decide from there.
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I own the Trailhawk trim. Love it. I personally feel that the power IS underwhelming and the transmission does seem to get "lost" often enough to be annoying. The easy fix is to do what i do - shift it manually.. which is alot of fun! Gives you more of a connection with your jeep.
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we have both a new to us 2017 Compass and a 2018 Cherokee

I honestly like both - but my Cherokee barely edges the compass - barely

definitely drive both a bit to be sure =P

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