I was expecting so little when I climbed into the Jeep Compass that I was actually happy to find that it had heated seats, navigation, and satellite radio - it was a prime example of the soft bigotry of low expectations. (At the time, I wasn't aware of the Compass's $30,000 price tag. For that amount of money, the aforementioned amenities are a must.)
It would just be piling on to add to the litany of complaints above, but suffice it to say that the Compass has always been sort of the odd man out in Jeep's lineup. It doesn't have the off-road ability of Jeep's other products, and it doesn't have the refinement or performance of its crossover competitors from Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Chevy, and even Hyundai.
Reports of the Compass's death were apparently premature, as Chrysler says that the Compass isn't going away anytime in the near future. In light of the fact that 2009 sales were down 54 percent, we can only say: Are you sure about that?
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor