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I'm wondering if anyone out there with the '11/'12 compass has any pics of it side by side with the older style Grand Cherokee from the early 2000s (I think that model was a WJ). I like the practicality of the Compass and the fact that its one of the few 4wd/awd vehicles that comes in stick, but coming from a long history of larger SUVs and trucks, it has been tough to make the jump. I'm hoping some pics of the newer compass with some more aggressive tires and lifts might encourage me to take the leap! It really seems like the compass isn't all that much smaller than the old Grand Cherokees, but maybe some pics will help.

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I have an 09 and its quite a bit smaller inside. Far less storage in the back and two adults in the back. 3 is real tight unless you all are thin and even them a lot of bodily contact.
 

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I have a 1991 XJ and by comparison, didn't feel cramped in the Compass. The fold flat front passenger seat also made for more room for bringing things home from the home improvement store lol but I didn't feel a lack of space between my Cherokee and my Compass. Didn't bother me to buy the 4x2 Compass since my XJ is 4x4.

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Check out Tyler98-w68's compass for an idea of bigger tires. TBH the compass is not in competition with the GC, they are good at different things. Compass is definitely 80% city, 20% jeep. GC is about 50/50, meaning its not as good as the compass when it comes to efficiency. Then again, the GC could go a million places the Compass cant. Also, even old GCs are considerably larger than the Compass, I'd say up to 500mm longer, at a guess.
If you want to be sure the specs are all over the net...
 

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You can do a search for dimensions for both of the vehicles.

It would probably be a good idea if you actually sat in a Compass to see if it feels "big enough" for you.
 

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Thanks for the feedback. I realize that the GC and the Compass aren't really intended for the same thing, just trying to figure out if I can get by with a smaller vehicle and do some mods so it wouldn't be so soccer mom-ish. I live in the northeast and need to have at least awd for heading to the mountains to ski, but can't afford to have a daily driver and a fun 4x4. It'd sure be nice to have a vehicle that finally gets well over 20mpg!
 

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I used to have a FDII Patriot, now I have what some would call the "soccer mom" Compass......I think not!





While I haven't owned a WJ, I did drive one a few years ago, and yes it was bigger all around, but if you are even the least bit concerned about gas mileage, they aren't the best. If you aren't into hardcore offroading and want to just have a bit of fun offroad, you'd be surprised what kind of trouble you can get into with a good set of tires on a Compass:)
 

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These suspensions wear out quickly unlike the WJ are far more robust and as a daily driver may never need an overhaul. I am neer 260,000km in my Wj with original ball joints etc. I replace tie rod ends less than 30k ago. But my Compass had already all 4 struts replaced and a control arm going in this weekend due to ball joint failure. The dealer did not pick up on it while under warranty. I found it while replacing the inner tie rod end. I am sure the other side will follow soon enough.

You can have ok millage but spend a lot more on repairs. I get 4MPG less on my WJ then on the Compass Hwy on the same run.
 

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Tyler, thats the direction I've been leaning...its amazing how much better so many vehicles, Compass included, look with a bigger set of tires squeezed in there. I apologize in advance if its elsewhere on the forum, but what size tires do you have on there? Looks like some 225/75-16s or thereabouts. Is yours a 5-spd?
 

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225/75/16 tires do rub a bit at full lock

Freedom Drive II with the cvt

stock tire diameter is 28" my tires are 29.28

I also run 225/60/18 on a set of caliber rt rims when im not offroading
 

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225/75/16 tires do rub a bit at full lock

Freedom Drive II with the cvt

stock tire diameter is 28" my tires are 29.28

I also run 225/60/18 on a set of caliber rt rims when im not offroading

Would it be necessary to lift it to get rid of the rub, I've got a '07 Compass I'm trying to put the same tires on and noticed the same thing.
 

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A lift may solve the rub, but it may not, since i'm not lifted I cna't say, the wheel backspacing has a lot to do with whether tires will rub or not, wheel spacers can help get rin of the runb as well.
 

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I may be looking for some good traction tires since my Nokians have cupping on the inner thread block. the tire shop said they won't wear back to normal and believe the alignment is out. With the way it handles I don't entirely believe that but its quite noisy and drives me banna's sometimes when I drive on the highway.

The suggest I get Cooper CS4 tires but some say they're good and other wear fast etc. These Nokian WRG2 are great in the snow being designed for snow traction.
 

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Have you thought about the Hankook Optimo 4S apparently they are all season while giving better traction that most all season tires.
 
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