I spent two months in a late first gen Compass as a rental when my Dart was having accident damage fixed. The vehicle came to be when Chrysler was pretty much in the mode of push any trash out there that they think they can con the public into buying. It was never competitive with the competition when it was released, not to mention that it had one of the most solid dunkings in the ugly bucket since GM foisted the Asstek on the public. Over the years, they got rid of the CVT and fixed the looks, which brings me to the time I had one as a rental. Very quickly, I christened it "the Gremlin" as it reminded me of the 1970's AMC "economy" thing that rattled and buzzed around the roads when I was a kid. I found it to be a vehicle that I wanted to like, but just little things kept me scratching my head and putting me off. By the end of two months, I was ready to be rid of it. Still, it put them on the radar as Jalopnik started posting articles on the redesigned model. THAT one got my attention, enough so that I found myself specing and pricing them. When my Partner and I moved in together, it was decided that we needed to dump the Dart before the accident found its way onto carfax and autocheck, rendering it worth the approximate value of a soggy newspaper. We stumbled across an orange one at a dealer while setting up a time to get the new key fob reprogrammed by the dealer for the beater P.T. Cruiser (the old one was dead so I was going to be forced to have the new one done by them). We went in and took it for a test drive, and consequently drove it home instead of the Dart. The 2nd gen isn't even in the same universe as the first gen Compass, and all for the better. I won't put hate on the 1st gen model. It was obviously successful just judging by the sheer numbers of them on the road. Still, Chrysler is Chrysler, and the "fun" keeps going as people heap hate on the "fiat" side of FCA, because it's "cool" to do so. Is the hate deserved? Yes, and no. Some complaints are valid, and that goes for the 2nd gen models as FCA obviously did little to no testing on some of the equipment in extreme environments. Other's hate because they can and they think it makes them sound cool. Look at articles that compare the Compass with other similar CUV's. They'll bitch about how slow the Compass is when the specs are dead in line with the Toyota/Honda offerings on performance, of which they applaud the performance of those cars.