I cannot disagree with a single point that my colleague Eric Tingwall has made. We all know that the Compass was one of the least competitive efforts by Chrysler Corporation when it was still owned by the Germans, and time has only accentuated its many weaknesses, foremost among them the ridiculous asking price. I do suspect, though, that no one really pays full asking price for a Compass. But I wouldn't want one of these for even $20K, let alone the as-tested price of $30K of this example.
Do I have anything good to say? Yes. The Compass performed well in our fresh snowfall this morning, but that's hardly an achievement; Jeep has been doing four-wheel drive for decades. One other thing: I do like the illuminated cup holders, and the navigation package is a bargain at $1200.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor