2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 2.4 from North America
Got this Jeep immediately after selling my 2 seater convertible, because the dog didn't fit in the Miata.
The good news: Off road, the Trailhawk is very capable. I've taken this thing on a trail up a steep grade in the snow and it was very competent. It has a good amount of space for its size. The 110V inverter is a real nice touch.
The bad news: this thing is SLOW! I understand that it's not a sports car, but its lack of power has become a liability in several situations, including passing safely, climbing a steep incline, and accelerating to highway speed. This is not aided by the 9 speed transmission and its dim-witted programing. Up changes are jerky and down shifts are slow and inaccurate. It feels like there is a committee sitting around a table in the TCU trying to decide which gear the car should be in. This also doesn't help the fuel economy; I average 19 on a good day with lots of freeway driving. I can't help but feel that a larger engine would have helped with all of these problems.
The infotainment system is as responsive as a coma patient, and there are already a few weird electrical gremlins like twitchy gauges and window switches that sometimes don't work as intended.
All in all, not a bad rig, but I can't help but feel that one would be better off with a Mazda or Toyota.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st June, 2018
21st Jun 2018, 17:21
Good review. I follow the local car dealer ads in my southern California area. See these vehicles pop up from time to time on their lots. Didn't really know a lot about them. Did look up on the Internet that the Compass is a world car... built in Mexico... Brazil... China and India, and they sell a lot of them in the USA... Sales were about 65000 units in 2017... That's a lot of Jeeps...
24th Jun 2018, 02:39
What does the dealer say about the transmission?
These have been a problem since it was introduced - and not just with Chrysler/Jeep et al - Acura has had problems as well.
24th Jun 2018, 17:17
My son just bought a new black Rubicon edition and absolutely loves it. Even with the factory options, he just spent a lot of additional money on many aftermarket add ons. Literally thousands of parts available to make it all your own. Pretty classy too being it’s a Jeep. Black really makes it a standout. I doubt it will ever see mud or sand under it. Even though a winch was just added. He did a lot of aftermarket suspension work without more lift. Far better ride and steering. A nice street machine.
I once had a new black Cherokee Limited long ago in the late 80s when they first came out. Didn’t really like it after a short while, other than really its looks. Mainly the rocky side to side ride and its small gas tank requiring lot of fuel stops. I bought a small junker pickup and guys at work cut it off cab, changed out the axle to make a small matching trailer, painted matching black with the gold limited edition stripes. Used the exact same gold Jeep wheels. Diamond plated inside of the bed. For a small trailer it was really beefed up. Kind of a cool tow pair for a short while. Got the thumbs up when going down the road.