Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Vaughan, Ontario
2011 Jeep Compass
I'll try my best to be as objective as I can, but I do own a 2011 Jeep Compass (see my sig).
I came from a 2003 Ford Escape V6 FWD (just to set a little background) and my wife owns a 2008 Ford Escape FWD 2.5 XLT.
I looked at all the vehicles in the Compass class (RAV, CRV, Escape, Tucson, Sportage, Forester) and read as much as I could about the vehicle before I bought one.
Most new vehicles have some level of blind spots, and when they don't have them , the make _me_ feel as if I am in a fishbowl. I have adjusted my mirrors and I am getting used to using them and then doing a quick shoulder check before changing lanes.
The pillars (A-Pillars I think they are referred to) are large, but for me I have adjusted my driving habits to them by approaching intersections and stopping further back when possible so everything stays in view thru the windshield.
I am getting used to the CVT, and found that if I get the RPMs into the right spot, the car moves fast (remember I am coming from a V6). While it is no rocket, I have not found myself feeling underpowered as the car writers. While I have not done any official comparisons, the 0-60 times of the cars I mentioned above with a 2.x size motor have approximately the same times. I wish that info existed on some website so potential owners could compare.
Take a test drive, if you have not already and see what you think.
Hope this helps,
2011 Jeep Compass North Edition
4x4 with CVT Freedom Drive I
Trailer Tow Prep Group
Security and Cargo Convenience Group
North All Seasons Group
5 year 100k Gold Components Coverage (Plan 415)
Last edited by gbridge; 07-02-2011 at 12:16 AM.