Hi, I recently purchased a 2019 Jeep Compass Latitude 4x4 with the "Cold Weather Group", "Popular Equipment Group", and 9ĖSpeed AutoStick Automatic Transmission.
It's my first Jeep and first 4x4 and I'm really liking it so far. I have to deal with northern Vermont winters and am looking forward to seeing what AWD is all about since I've never had much problem with traveling in winter with a front wheel drive vehicle.
I have been reading this forum for the past month so I am aware of some of the issues others are experiencing, so I have been keeping a close eye on the oil level (so far so good at just over 1000 miles).
Welcome georgef! Glad to have you on the site.
You know about checking the oil. My 2019 seems to be doing better than my dear departed 2018 did, but like you I'm keeping an eye on it.
If you got along well in snow with FWD, you should do just as well with AWD.
Living in Vermont you know this too, so please don't think I'm patronizing you. However this is a good chance to offer a word of caution to whoever else might be reading this: under most conditions AWD offers no benefit! You have no more rubber on the road with AWD than you did with FWD or RWD, so don't think that because you have AWD you have "more control."
When driving in snow, a driver can't drive any faster, corner any better, or stop any quicker with AWD. In every event you are a the mercy of your tires, so if you live in snow country as we do, then good dedicated snow tires are what you need. While not magic good snow tires will offer much better traction in snow and ice. AWD is only useful for starting up on an incline or going through deep snow.
FYI, the OEM Firestone Destinations are good highway tires and as LRR tires they deliver good fuel economy as advertised; however, they are only mediocre in snow. Spend the money up front -- think of it as extending the life of your summer tires (and possibly the life of your Compass).