Welcome georgef! Glad to have you on the site.Hi, I recently purchased a 2019 Jeep Compass Latitude 4x4 with the "Cold Weather Group", "Popular Equipment Group", and 9–Speed AutoStick Automatic Transmission.
It's my first Jeep and first 4x4 and I'm really liking it so far. I have to deal with northern Vermont winters and am looking forward to seeing what AWD is all about since I've never had much problem with traveling in winter with a front wheel drive vehicle.
I have been reading this forum for the past month so I am aware of some of the issues others are experiencing, so I have been keeping a close eye on the oil level (so far so good at just over 1000 miles).
Around here many AWD vehicle drivers try anyhow (except Subaru drivers, they slow down to 25 mph when the first snowflake flies) smile:Living in Vermont you know this too, so please don't think I'm patronizing you. However this is a good chance to offer a word of caution to whoever else might be reading this: under most conditions AWD offers no benefit! You have no more rubber on the road with AWD than you did with FWD or RWD, so don't think that because you have AWD you have "more control." :rotfl: When driving in snow, a driver can't drive any faster, corner any better, or stop any quicker with AWD.
I do run winter tires, I prefer to have them mounted on dedicated wheels, it makes the changeover much easier. I just need to find the right wheels, tires, and sensors.FYI, the OEM Firestone Destinations are good highway tires and as LRR tires they deliver good fuel economy as advertised; however, they are only mediocre in snow. Spend the money up front -- think of it as extending the life of your summer tires (and possibly the life of your Compass).