You are probably the type that likes to "red line" the engine. I must admit that I do it to quite more often than I should. The Jeep Compass is a fun to drive vehicle that has enough power and speed to take on other cars even with bigger engines. I owned other cars before. Three Japanese and one german and I did not find the Jeep to be more noisier than those other cars I owned. The only real complaint that I had with the Compass was the original tires it came with. It was a set of Goodyear Wrangler RSA that after about 45000 miles showed little cracks between the grooves and became very noisy when driven over 40 mph. Now with the Michelins my car can go to 120 with no tire noise or vibrations.