Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Two locations in NH: One near Concord, the other at the 45th.
Compass & Patriots are built on the same platform, i.e. pretty much the same under the skin. Some suggest the 1st gen Compass was intended the female market but to me they are just machines with slightly different styling. The dimensions are virtually identical but some newer years may sit an inch higher than their ancestors.
I've had two Patriots, and my Wife still drives a 2014 Patriot. Both FWD, both competent in typical New England snow.
Early years were notorious for leaking sunroofs
Some complain of premature front end problems but mine have been solid (400,000 miles between them).
The 2.4 is certainly adequate, but its not a sports car. Pretty comparable to my Compass.
My 2.4 Compass gets about the same fuel economy as my Wife's 2.0 Patriot with the 5-spd.
The CVT is very comfortable on hilly highways because its not constantly hunting for the right gear like an automatic.
Warning: If you get the CVT, change the transmission fluid every 50-60,000 miles!!! Do not wait for the recommended interval, it may not get there. The owners manual is OTL on that.
As you probably know some (not all) of the earlier years had premature rust on the subframe. Mine was solid (300,000 miles and 10 NH winters) but it would be smart to check the subframe carefully. Just cuz it hasn't rusted through doesn't mean it won't. Make sure its in good shape and don't trust the selling dealer! "Its OK" means it passes inspection today.
We love(d) our Patriots and I seriously considered buying a lightly used Patriot before I bought my Compass. There were just so many rebates on the new Compass that's what I went with.
Last edited by Jasmine; 02-14-2019 at 12:26 PM.