We went to the dealer to look at a Renegade at the same time, and ended up with our Compass. You must have got in on the $5,000 rebate for your rene? Thats what lured us in there but they had this Compass on the lot and once we saw that there was no going for the Renegade anymore. We pointed at the Compass and said "that one" then we pointed at the Renegade and said "we'll pay the same price as we would for that Renegade." They didn't like that much (the Compass was a 3/4 loaded limited trim) but a couple days later we had our deal sealed and we've been happy as clams ever since.
I will say, the Compass does not punch in the same weight class as a 4runner. More or less the Cherokee is Jeep's direct answer to the 4Runner, if not the Grand Cherokee perhaps. You are talking about a significant drop in cargo capacity, towing capacity, power, etc. The Compass is more in competition with the RAV4 and maybe the lower-end Highlanders to a small extent.
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$$, the smaller size is a plus in many aspects and the smaller amount of power to tap into is a part of getting better overall fuel economy. Pretty much getting the best of all worlds for my purposes. Its just big enough for four people to take a weekend road trip, per my testing so far, and plenty big enough for two people to adventure in. Nicest thing I've ever owned to drive to work and back on the weekdays, lot of bells and whistles in ours.
I think the Compass looks a lot better than the Cherokee (can't get over the Cherokee hood design). The interior is holding up great even though sometimes I use it like a work truck. Today I barreled right past a "road closed" sign and had fun cruising through the muddy bed of a road that is being rebuilt, easy as pie. Was good all winter too.
Overall I think its a really sharp looking, capable vehicle and I plan to drive mine for a long time. Part of me would also like to have a Grand Cherokee, but the price of the Compass is right and it can do everything I want it to do.
Test drive one thoroughly and spend some time making sure you like it space and power-wise, use the radio and all that good stuff, and if it still seems good then go for it!