Glad it was a rental! Uncomfortable and horrible
December 29, 2018
I was given one of these as a rental while my care was in the shop after an accident. As a bigger man, this was the largest vehicle that they had to offer on the lot so there was not a lot of choices. The first thing that I noticed was the problem of just getting in and out of the vehicle. (I am a 2 car family I own a Ford focus and my husband a Chevy Equinox). I have no problem getting in and out of my Ford, but the Compass No matter what, when my butt was in the seat, I could not tilt my head far enough to get in the Compass with any ease. I drive 50 miles between work and home and that is when my problems with the compass began. The rental place was kind enough to fill the tank before I left, but just as I came home I noticed the dip in the gas gauge (not a good sign folks). The main issue that I took umbrage with was the stop/start feature. To me this is the dumbest most idiotic thing to put on a gas guzzler. I have about 7 stop lights and 4 stop signs that I have to get trough just to get to work. For those who say that this feature saves gas... you are an idiot, PERIOD. the wear on the battery and starter alone negates the savings in fuel economy. (Yes, I am aware that they beefed up the starter and the battery to compensate for the start/stop feature). After 1 trip from the rental place to home and then one to work and one back home the compass was below a 1/2 of a tank. The Equinox it would take me a week and 3 days to reach a 1/2 of a tank. The Ford 2 weeks. The seats were uncomfortable as I felt like my rear end was hanging in the air while my butt cheeks were being poked by the seat edges. I felt like i was setting on a cardboard box that could support my weight. No matter how I adjusted, inflated, moved, raised the seat, it still felt like only the bare edge of my can were being supported. Now let's get to my issue with the infotainment unit. Looks nice till you have to use it. Why is the seat controls in a different section than the climate controls? The other thing is there is only 2 settings low and holy xxxx that is hot. Unfortunately, the heated steering wheel gets extremely too hot. The entire ergonomics of this SUV are horrible, the stereo controls are on the back side of the steering wheel is just bad placement. To operate them please hold your arms at 3 and 9... did I mention that the arm rest is about 4 inches below your elbow? Welcome to the Detroit lean club! As it turns out my brother owns an older Compass, When I told him of my issues with it, I was given the retort of "It's a Jeep thing" I replied that this is actually the 3rd Jeep that I have had to drive, I can honestly tell you that trough study and experience, and you are dumb as xxxx. Yes I figured out the start/stop feature can be turned off, which I promptly turned off. Guess what the gas mileage improved... but not enough to even recommend this SUV, go with a Honda, or a Toyota, xxxx, go with a horse, it would be better than the 2018 Jeep Compass.