So the dealmaker will be either 4x4
in the Sport package verses the heated leather seats
in the Limited.
Bad weather performance/handling v/s comfort and esthetics.
Tuff choice for sure.
So lets consider for a minute where you live:
The Atlanta region.
OK so you are far enough south that the front wheel drive will suffice in most conditions. In the worst winter snow and ice comes and goes, where as, up here, winter starts in November and stays ‘till May . . .but that’s anther story.
Ditto for the heated leather seats, so nice when cold, but in Georgia, for most of the year, a useless feature. Vented cooled seats would be more appropriate.
The leather seats will resist staining and out-wear cloth seats, which is important, if you like me, like to drive vehicles into their old age. Also important for resale, as a cleaner looking car makes for easier sale.
So finally, lets consider color, Black verses White, and again where you live.
Black cars are warmer in the winter but hotter in the summer, requiring more air conditioning to keep cool. The sun heats them up, so in the winter they are not as cold in the daytime but in the summer, waaayyyy hotter' The white car will be cooler in the summer sun. Air conditioning sometimes has to work overtime in the black car just to keep it bearable on the hottest days, which you get so much more of then we do.
The same factor leads to white cars rusting sooner then black cars. The sun naturally bakes out moisture quicker in the black car, less moisture, less rust. Rust shows more on white cars, so any paint chip or nick will become a more unsightly blemish on a white car, and more difficult to touch up with a paint stick.
All cars look better freshly washed, but there is nothing like the shine of a clean and polished black car stands out more in my eyes then an equally clean and polished white car. Both colors show dirt, but road salts being more apparent on the black car, may make you more inclined to keep it washed, which is a good thing, I think. Those who like to drive a dirty car that does not show the dirt buy grey
* cars (I always wonder if they do that with their clothes as well
*GREY - aka in dealer’s terms: SILVER.
Hope to have been some help, best luck with what ever you choose, the Compass is a fine ride :!: