I am new to this forum. I wanted to give a brief review of my 2010 Compass after 29,000 miles of ownership, listing "the good, the bad and the ugly", (older folks will appreciate this expression) to see if others can relate to my own experiences with the Jeep Compass.
To begin with the good
Along with the Patriot is the most inexpensive all wheel drive SUV on the market by at least several thousand doillars. Overall fit, finish, features and driveability is quite good (except for driver visibility--see comments below).
Also, because it is a 4 cyclinder (as opposed to many of the other SUV's which are 6 cylinders) the gas mileage is very good.
The biggest negative of the 2010 Compass is by far the driver visibility, especially the vibibility when backing up is absolutely horrible. The headrests (both driver and passenger) block out probaly 70 percent of the rear visibility, and the small rear windows and back window along with the small side mirrors (which do not stick out far enough to provide good rear visibilty) compound the problem. Add to this the upper height of the front winshield is too low, which means that when you pull up close to a light you cant even see it (and mind you I am of average male height, roughly 5'9"). In short, the windows are too small and therefore the visibilty on the Compass is very poor, in my opinion. And this, by the way, is where the Jeep Patriot is superior to the Compass, because its "boxy" style and shape the windows are significantly larger, offering a much better view in all directions.
Needed new Tie Rod Ends: (29,000) What is up with the Jeep Patriot and Compass Tie Rod Ends? I notice that a good number of the folks on the various Jeep forums are complaining about having to replace them (both left and right sides) after only a year or two, and in my case at 29,000 miles---and this on a Jeep that has hardly been off-road but a few times, and even then quite "gingerly"....
Additionally, the Firestone Affinity tires that mine came with offer poor traction (in my opinion), and wore out pretty quickly (I just had to replace them at 29,000). The tread design is not even in the least bit "aggressive" and seems much more suitable for a passenger car than an all wheel drive Jeep 4x4. I mean this is a Jeep for goodness sakes and the Affinity tires look like they should be on my grandmothers Buick.
I ended up getting the more "aggressive" Goodyear Wrangler SR-A 215-65-R17---the "65" is a small step up from the standard 60, and according to Jeep is the largest allowable size. According to what I have read though apparently these tires don't last all that long either (roughly 35,000), but at least the tread and tires look like 4X4 tires, and the white "Goodyear" lettering on the sides is sharp looking.
One other thing I would like to see in the Compass is I wish that it would sit a little higher off the ground (ie- more ground clearance). According to Jeep the ground clearance is a little over 8 inches...I'd like to see at least 10 inches personally.
All in all, I like my Compass, but to be honest, I do wish I bought the "brother" of the Compass--that is the Patriot, because of the visibility issue mentioned above.
I would love to hear if others have similar experinces/opinions with the Compass.
Best wishes to all-
-Webmaster of St Gemma Galgani