Hello everyone! I had been holding out to see if the new generation of compass would get a forum of its own, rather than being tacked onto the first generation compass forum, but seeing as that doesn't appear likely I finally joined in the fun. I just... really did not care for the old generation of compass, you know what I mean? Not my cup of tea, thats all.
The new rehash of the compass though, wow! I actually had gone into the dealership to look at the Renegades, they had a super great deal going on them and on paper a Renegade sounded great, I wanted very badly to like it because it had just the right combination of capability and economy for my needs but I couldn't get over the shape of the thing... I was going to leave the dealership and not come back but on the way out I saw this billet silver, black roofed 2017 compass in limited trim and (not knowing they had been redesigned) I said "wow what is THAT?!" I thought was a shrunken Grand Cherokee or something, when I saw the Compass badge I couldn't believe it because it was such a far cry from the previous generation of Compass.
Well of course upon inspecting the sticker I found that it was basically the same powertrain and drivetrain as a Renegade but in a way nicer looking package.
Boom, the search was over. Had to have it.
I've been driving a combination of two cars for a decade now. Since 2007 I have had my trusty 1997 S10 blazer 4x4, a 4 door with a 4.3 V6. Throughout all these years I owned various compact cars to drive to work and long trips because the Blazer was old and high mileage, but I could never get rid of that Blazer because when I needed it I needed it badly. 4x4 for northern minnesota winters, towing package for hauling boat, snowmobile, ATV, firewood, building supplies, etc. I couldn't get rid of it, I needed a light to medium duty 4x4 off and on all the time, but I racked up a lot of miles on it and it was pretty tired, needed constant maintenance. Meanwhile, I am paying insurance and tabs on two vehicles always keeping a newer compact economy car around to have more reliability and make better gas mileage because I used to have to drive 600+ miles per week.
Currently, I only drive a hundred-fifty miles a week so I no longer need a long-distance commuter. The new Compass has come in to slot perfectly between my budget economy car and my trusty workhorse Blazer, and replace them both. (My fiancee cheers in the background, she was sick of me having two cars also). She drives a 2016 Turbo Civic so when we take long trips to visit family we do have one slightly more economical and faster option.
Anyways, the new Compass has been awesome. It has great mannerisms on the highway, and is extremely comfortable and well equipped, more than I could want for going 10 miles to work and back. Then, when I need to do some chores it really shines, easy to fold down the seats and load up our bins of recycling, easy to pop my little utility trailer on there and haul some things around, easy to hook onto the boat and go, easy to pop the bicycle rack on the back and take the mountain bikes on an adventure, etc.
I was highly interested in the 6 speed manual option, my aforementioned commuter cars were always stickshift, but ultimately we wanted all the goodies that came in the limited trim and the exact one we wanted with all the right options was just sitting there in front of us at the dealership (that huge beatiful touchscreen!). I'll have to let this one shift itself, I'm sure I will survive.
My fiancee and I are going to take a lot of adventures in this little thing, I can hardly wait. Right away I got the mopar all-weather floor mats and a rear cargo rack.
I think my one and only gripe is the crappy bottom of the barrel tires they put on there. With the limited trim we get these big beautiful 18 inch rims and what do they wrap them with? Some cheapo continentals! Oh well, when they wear out I'll be happy to put some good tires on there, maybe after a year or so. Other than that, not much to complain about so far. Its no speed demon but its adequate for what I need. On days when I feel the need for speed I'll just swap her for the turbo civic
Looking forward to chatting with you all! I'll get more pictures eventually and a signature block too.