Like yours, ours is a multi-Jeep family. Presently we have two, a 2014 Patriot and a 2019 Compass.
These replaced a 2008 Patriot (almost 300,000 miles
) and a 2018 Compass (totaled
As for problems, my 2018 Compass used a lot of motor oil. I was getting 3000/quart and that was a vast improvement over the first 20,000 miles when I was only getting 1000/quart. So make sure your daughter knows how to find the dipstick and checks it frequently. If it runs low on oil it will quit right where she is without warning -- middle of an intersection or the back side of a mountain -- and she's staying right there until its gets more oil. Might be smart to keep a quart in the trunk. If you bought this used, high oil consumption might be the reason the previous owner parted with it. Other than a nuisance, its not a problem if you're willing to put out a couple extra bucks to keep the oil level where it should be.
The other problem I had was a grumbling noise around 25-35MPH. My dealer did a software update and it moved the noise up to 45-50MPH where it was not nearly as noticeable. My 2019 makes the same noise but only below 25MPH so again, its hardly noticeable at that speed. Apparently it is a normal function and not a defect, but it has gotten a lot of people worried.
On the bright side, these get excellent fuel economy. I'm getting low 30sMPG overall, and mid-30s on a long trip. The Compass rides and handles great and is quite comfortable on long trips. Overall I'm very happy with my Compass. I liked it enough to replace my 2018 with a 2019. She should be the envy of the dormitory!
Nor should she ever have to worry about getting stuck in the snow, just give her a good set of snow tires if she's going to be driving in northern latitudes. IHMO the OEM tires are great on the highway but not so good in winter conditions.