2019 Jeep Compass: Good looks, poor performance
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2019 Jeep Compass: Good looks, poor performance

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[MUSIC] Compact crossover class is really crowded. You've got the fun to drive Mazda CX five. The Honda CRV is a pretty good choice and there's the stalwarts, Subaru Forester, and they are all vying for your dollars takes a very special vehicle to stand out here and it's got to be well rounded. So it's too bad that the 2019 Jeep Compass just doesn't give me 360 degrees of awesomeness. Let's pull over and I'll show you what I mean. [MUSIC] All right, let's start with the Grand and that's why I really like the way this compass looks. You can definitely see the influence of the larger Grand Cherokee here in the front, but it's not quite as squinty and off putting is what you find in the regular charity. I think it's one of the better looking cars in the segment and it looks like Exactly the way a Jeep should. One thing I can't handle though is this sensor down here. I just wanted to be in the middle and it's making me crazy. Regardless, let's check out the inside. [MUSIC] The good continues on the inside with a spacious cabin full of quality materials and the excellent you connect infotainment system with Apple Car plan Android Auto along for the ride. A seven inch touch screen is standard, but I'm liking the larger 8.4 screen with navigation. Now, optional, you can get a robust suite of driver's aids including full suite adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and blind spot monitoring. And when it comes to storage, well, the Compass could do a lot better. I mean [UNKNOWN] in front of the gear shift is a place to put My sunglasses and my keys and my phone and not have it be a bog old mess, and this is a big old mess. Behind the rear seats is 27 cubic feet of space, but you can fold down those rear seats and that expands up to 60. Well that sounds pretty good but when you look at class leaders like the Honda CRV and the Toyota RAV 4 four It's actually pretty small. [MUSIC] So on the road, I can really not care about the small storage space. If the driving experience were pleasant, but here, it's just not This thing weighs three 3,300 pounds and it's powered by a 2.4 litter, 4 cylinder engine. We're just putting on 180 horsepower and a 175 pound fuel talk. I mean it is a really slow. My daily driver at home has almost as much go go juice and it's 1000 pounds lighter and I yell at that all the time because it's too slow here. It's just really really frustrating. And you'd think with a car that has not a lot of power, maybe you'd get good gas mileage. Well the EPA says that I should be getting 25 miles per gallon combined, but I'm only seeing about 23, so no. [MUSIC] And you know, it's not helped by this nine-speed automatic transmission either. It is so lazy and sluggish. I mean, if I want to pass somebody, I gotta put my foot to the floor and then wait for a little bit until it finally wants to downshift. And then if I'm trying to accelerate, I got to keep my foot out of it a little bit. Otherwise it's off shifts way too quickly. Now you can get a six speed manual, which I imagine would help the driving experience a little bit. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] You want four wheel drive? You are SOL'd. It's kind of a misnomer. This is really an all-wheel drive system. Power defaults to the front wheels but I can throw 50% of it to the rear by pressing this four wheel drive lock button. And then I've got some drive modes here for better performance. Auto, snow, sand and mud Listen, if you know you're going to go off road just get the trail hot trim, it's going to give you better ground clearance and a low mode for better rock rolling. The 2019 Jeep Compass starts at about $22,000. Now that is a very competitive price. It's less expensive than similar offerings from Honda, Toyota and even keel which is known for undercutting the competition. This however is a top of the line limited trim. So it starts at $29,000. And once you add some packages and destination, this one is about $37,000. Yeah, sorry Jeep. I'm doing a 180 on this one. [MUSIC]

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