This is my wife's Compass - first year of the model.
Let's be honest, this Compass for this year was never meant to go on serious off road excursions.
I bought it for her so that she would have a reliable vehicle - we traded in a 2003 Ford Fucus wagon.
Over the last 2 years, no problems. One thing that has been a PITA - putting gas in it.
It has a kink, maybe, in the breather hose which, during fill up, takes vey little gas before the pump goes 'clunk' like the tank is full. So it takes 10-15 minutes to fill up. Other then that, a good SUV; goes into AWD flawlessly when roads are slick in rainy downpours. Engage the "4x4" in snow for better control. She likes it.