2013 Compass-Urban Tactical Grocery Getter
Hello from OK. Just took delivery of a 2013 Sport, base as you can get. We have a Durango (Company car) I drive, have a 2011 Ram to tow the camper, and wife had a 20010 Wrangler Unlimited, but we sold it to scrape up some cash to buy a house. House is bought, wife decides she doesn't want to keep driving the big truck, so, we start looking for another economy car. She's had a Hyundai Accent 2 door hatchback a while back, which she liked, so that was on the list. We also swung by the Dodge dealer to check out the Dart. Both, she decided, were too small. Hadn't even considered the Compass, but she saw one, and wanted to drive it. She liked it, but hated the auto, that CVT is just plain loud....And, since this is essentially a 3rd car for commuting and taking the kid to school, economy was key here....that's where the Jeep won out, we also (after deciding she wanted a small SUV instead of a car) compared the CRV, Hyundai something or other, Rav 4, etc.
Prices were all higher than we wanted, so we started looking for used,....found several Compasses at what I thought was a reasonable price, but decided to give the new dealer a shot-Long story short, we ended up with a new 2013 Compas, with everything we wanted standard on the base Sport model (A/C, cruise, power window/locks etc) and pulled it in for more than $4000 off sticker. Not bad, it was actually cheaper than I could get a 2012 Sport on the used market!
So far, wife loves it, thought I'd pop in here and do a little reading, see where the trouble spots are, and how to catch them early. We don't plan on doing any mods-It's strictly a grocery getter and urban tactical soccer mom transport for us, but I think it's going to fit the bill just fine, low entry cost, relatively good milage (for something larger than a compact, with decent ground clearance to get the kayaks to the river) seems comforatable, and room for us and the dogs. Think it turned out to be a good purchase!