Just picked up my 2011 jeep compass latitude about a week ago and it's awesome. I don't have a long loved relationship with Jeep or anything, and I definately don't go off road, but the Compass was the only thing in its class that was affordable and didn't look like such a feminine mom-mobile. I wanted something small yet logical, and at the same time big... If that makes any sense.
The first thing I noticed about the compass when I test drove it was that when you sit in it you feel like your in a bigger car. From the outside it looks like the size of a Subaru Outback, but when you sit behind the wheel you think you're in a Cherokee. That's what I wanted in a car! The Kia Sportage felt like driving a van but this thing feels like a small truck. It probably has to do with the seats being elevated so high.
The car is not fast. It's not slow but if I wanted fast I would get a GTI or something, the whole idea was to get a car that wasn't big but I could put stuff in it, snowboard, guitar equipment, friends, etc.. People say this car is bumpy, I think those people bumped their head. The suspension is a little stiff but the car rides smooth like my grandmas Lincoln Towncar, love it.
The exterior is legit* (*that's californian for: cool) the main reason why I bought it. Just look at the pictures, the black pearl coat looks even better in person.
The interior is pretty good. It's no BMW, but the interior is pretty cool for the price. I stuck with the standard stereo, very few features but I like the steering wheel mounted controls, its $2500 to upgrade the deck so I declined, as long as i can plug in my phone/mp3 player that's enough for me. they shoud incorporate an actual compass into the dashboard, that would really tie the whole theme together. I added leather because the cloth seats were kinda ugly, other than that the interior is fly.
Now, if you are a mother of two, or a 64 year old retiree, this post will be absolutely useless to you. I'm a 24 year old single male that drives about 20 miles a day back and fourth to work. I don't have kids and I live in the 10th largest city in the U.S., I would not descirbe the streets of San Jose as treturous terrain. So take my sloppy review for what it's worth.
When I was looking for a car I found very few user reviews or information, so since I bit the bullet feel free to ask any questions about anything. Really, anything, even ask me about the smell of the car. I'm happy to be here and I look forward to contributing to this forum. By the way, the car smells beautiful.