I agree with everything that everyone said in this post so far.
The Compass really handle very well. Much much better than what I hoped for and I'm a very aggressive driver. Believe me when I say that I tested the very limits of this truck in the last few days (snow/ice/rain) and I'm only about 1000km on the counter. This truck is really the best thing I've driven so far. It is fun and exciting to ride every time I get in it. This is my fourth brand new car (I had 2 corollas and 1 Chevrolet Venture before) and it is the very best I had.
As an example of my stupid aggressive driving, just tonight, I thought that was it. I tried a very fast right turn to get on the highway, just for the fun of it. However, it became clear to me, when I began to turn right to get to the exit to go on the highway, that I was going way too fast to be able to make it in the turn and that I was doing a very big mistake here and that it was too late to correct it. the problem was, I thought the pavement was dry like the road I was on just before my turn, but when I entered the exit, it was all wet and it was a very, really, bad surprise.
I was sure I was going to hit the cement border on the side of the road (I'm a french speaker, I can't remember the name of this 6 or 7 inches tall thing on the side of the street) and at least puncture a tire and maybe hit other parts of the truck because I was sure I was going off the road because of my stupidity. But as soon as it began to slip a bit because of my reckless driving and wet pavement, all the electronic stability systems came online (ABS, engine cutoff, 4wd) and I negotiated the turn like nothing happened. Surely I came very close of the cement border but, I never touched it. The systems knew where I wanted to go and they did their best to get me there, not off the road like most cars would've went, no doubt about it now.
Two things allowed me to take this turn without crashing the truck tonight.
1 - The Electronic Stability System which helped counteract what I was not doing right while turning.
2 - And, mostly, the handling and the way this truck seems to be glued to the road whatever happens and whatever the road conditions are.
I would never had tried something like this with my previous cars. I would never, never, have made it through.
I would definitely not recommend you to try any of what I did here, but this surely made me very much more confident about this truck capabilities, even though I would never try that again, except off-road or in a vast parking lot.
That however, I would recommend you to try. Go on a rainy or snowy day in a parking lot when it's almost empty (make sure you have enough room in case you get out of control) and test the limits of the Compass and the ESP. I do think it is important for a driver to understand how his vehicule reacts and what are its limits, you never know when this knowledge might come in handy in a emergency situation.
Bottom line is, this truck handles exceptionally well and the steering is perfect, I wouldn't change anything about it. And it is surely not sloppy in any way.
The other question was about the engine. I had a V6 before and surely it was more powerful than the engine in the Compass but I'm not missing it at all. I have enough power to do everything I want. Passing others is a bit different than before but it is easily done nevertheless. More power would've been almost useless. I do think that the engine fits perfectly with this truck.
I can't think of any way that you might not like your Compass. My excitement is still very high after a thousand kilometers driving it. And it will surely not die off before a few weeks or months since winter is coming and I bought the 4x4 model
I had very high expectations and I'm in no way disappointed.