I don't think "truck" is the word I would use... more like a glorified over-sized all-wheel-drive car in most respects... but its still a great machine!
Whether it lives up to the Jeep name... thats a tough one. In Trailhawk trim maybe... kinda... Otherwise it might as well be badged as a nice Chrysler. Its a nice road buggy and if it were sold under the Chrysler name it would be considered fantastic
for what it is. As a Jeep
its a bit like a weird first cousin that you are required to invite to family gatherings but doesn't exactly fit in with the others.
When someone asks what you drive and you say "A Dodge!" They instantly go "Ram Truck?! Nice!" and then you have to tell them ".. no... Dodge Dart..." --- "Oh..."
Same thing with the Compass.
"I drive a Jeep!" --- "Oh nice! Is it the two door wrangler or the four?" --- "Uymmm.... Neither..." --- "Ohhh a Grand Cherokee? those are sweet!" --- "Yeah.. not that either..."
Don't get me wrong, its an amazing vehicle overall and with the Trailhawk package its close enough to be considered a basic intermittent off-roader but it doesn't hold a candle to the wranglers and it doesn't have the power and clout of the grand cherokee. A real Jeep I would say it is not, and I say that because mainly you have to look at the lowlyst base model to understand what any particular vehicle is or is not. Any cool extra stuff tacked on in the form of trim upgrades is smoke and mirrors, they all are the base model at heart.
Its an excellent CUV that came about when Chrysler and Fiat decided to build something together and said "Hey, we want to be better than Subaru and smoke Toyota and Honda, lets call our buddy Jeep over here and take some pointers from him." and when it was done Jeep said "Hey that little guy turned out pretty good" and FC said "Glad you think so, we named him after you!"
I don't know how else to put it. I bought one, love it, feel great driving it, but I have no delusions that I am a member of the real "Jeep Guys" club. The Renegade owners seem to live in that fantasy world, as if their Jeep club membership card is simply "lost in the mail somewhere"..
All that being said, the new Compass is still so, so great. Excellent advanced technology AWD system, quality interior, great tech options, spot-on exterior styling, all at a great price. Its everything I had wished the Honda HRV would be back when it was first announced and looks so much better than any of subaru's offerings, I would have bought the Compass no matter which of their stickers FCA put on it. (I am really glad it doesn't have a Fiat sticker, tho)