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Old 11-22-2013, 07:18 AM   #1
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Thoughts on the 2014 Compass?

I realize that this may not be the best place to ask, but I've got a lot of good advice on this forum over the past few years, so though I might as well give it a shot...

Anyways, my wife's car ('04 Honda CRV), after ~140k miles, is getting to the point that it's starting to cost us $$$ just about every month to keep it going. Over the past 6 months, we've replaced the brakes, battery, starter, compressor, and radiator. On Tuesday, it started acting up again and is now sitting in the driveway waiting to be repaired yet again due to some electrical demon (think it might have to do with the neutral relay switch at this point, but we're still trying to trace it out).

With the fear that the Honda is just going to keep asking for $$$, we've been looking for a replacement and she likes the looks (and price) of the new Compass.

This will strictly be the grocery getter/ mom-mobile and we don't live in an area where it snows, so she won't be needing 4wd. With that in mind, I've been looking at one with the 2.0 & new 6-speed tranny. About the only negatives that I can find atm are the facts that it has rear drum brakes (really? in 2014?!?!) and limited cargo capacity.

Does anyone here have any firsthand insight or advice re: the new Compass?

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Old 11-22-2013, 08:20 AM   #2
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after owning a CRV (I have owned 2) no way would I go to a Compass for a grocery getter. You know how that CRV is starting to nickel and dime you at 140,000 miles the Compass will do that from day one lol. There are many good reliable grocery getters that far surpass the Compass in reliability.

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Get a Subaru... forget the compass, IMHO.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:01 AM   #4
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I agree with the Subaru. GREAT vehicles and their AWD system is second to none.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:20 AM   #5
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I have owned 4 Subarus (2 new and 2 used) and currently own an outback. When it was time I needed to buy my mom a smaller car (my 85yoa dad who was suffering from parkinsons could no longer get into their lexus 330) I bought them an Impreza. If my dad could have gotten into a CRV easily I would have went that route. Can't go wrong with either a Subby or Honda CRV. We also own a 2009 Accord and it is a pretty good grocery getter too. If you do not live in snow country I find the accord has more actual room then either the outback or the CRV and gets better mpg.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:41 AM   #6
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Thanks, all.
Until very recently, her CRV has really been a great, reliable car & we'd probably buy another if she wasn't so put off by the design of the current model. I'm also trying to keep costs as low as possible since she's currently not working & I'm still paying on my JKU.

Subaru: Haven't really given them much thought until today, but I have seen a LOT of recommendations for the brand. The Forester looks very promising, though; I'll have to look more into it.

Accord: Great cars! If we were looking for a car, it'd be among my top 2 choices. Heck, my mother is on her 4th or 5th Accord. The wife is set on an SUV, though.

Keep the ideas coming!
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I have owned 4 Subarus (2 new and 2 used) and currently own an outback. When it was time I needed to buy my mom a smaller car (my 85yoa dad who was suffering from parkinsons could no longer get into their lexus 330) I bought them an Impreza. If my dad could have gotten into a CRV easily I would have went that route. Can't go wrong with either a Subby or Honda CRV. We also own a 2009 Accord and it is a pretty good grocery getter too. If you do not live in snow country I find the accord has more actual room then either the outback or the CRV and gets better mpg.
I agree with this. My wife drives a 2014 outback. I would suggest another honda tho in florida. Subarus are awesome, they go thru tires a little faster than a front wheel drive only. Just cause the AWD wears them faster. In florida you probably wont see much use of a subaru AWD system.
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I agree with this. My wife drives a 2014 outback. I would suggest another honda tho in florida. Subarus are awesome, they go thru tires a little faster than a front wheel drive only. Just cause the AWD wears them faster. In florida you probably wont see much use of a subaru AWD system.
Well, AWD would definitely come in handy during the 'wet' season.

& like I said above, if Honda didn't make the current gen CRV such a fat pig, my decision would already be made.
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I would have to say stay away from any new Chrysler product... We got a dart last year and from day one it way a pile of s#!t
Recently traded it for a 14 Toyota corolla... For sure a major upgrade in quality and fuel milage!!
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I would have to say stay away from any new Chrysler product... We got a dart last year and from day one it way a pile of s#!t
The main problem there was you bought a first year release of a new model. NEVER do that until they've had a year or more to work out the bugs.

My wife was undecided as to whether to buy a Dart or a Wrangler this time last year. She chose a Wrangler, mainly because I had been on the Dart forums and I told her about many of the problems first year owners were having.

At least with your import Toyota all you have to worry about is the accelerator pedal sticking and causing a fatal crash. I think I'd rather take my chances with a few bugs in the Dart.

BTW, you might take a look at the following article. The Corolla finished in last place out of the 4.

2014 VW Jetta 1.8T vs Honda Civic vs Dodge Dart SXT vs. 2014 Toyota Corolla S
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Ever consider a Toyota suv? My in laws have a 2013 Highlander and that thing is really nice. I drove it for the first time yesterday, took a trip across the Arizona desert in it. 90+mph for almost 300 miles. Didnt skip a beat, rode smooth, pulled hard and was super comfy.
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:27 AM   #12
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Well, AWD would definitely come in handy during the 'wet' season.

& like I said above, if Honda didn't make the current gen CRV such a fat pig, my decision would already be made.
It's always good to have AWD in my opinion. I had two Foresters several years back and loved them both. From your needs it sounds like they're just the right size you're looking for and Subaru makes a terrific vehicle.
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:32 PM   #13
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The main problem there was you bought a first year release of a new model. NEVER do that until they've had a year or more to work out the bugs.

My wife was undecided as to whether to buy a Dart or a Wrangler this time last year. She chose a Wrangler, mainly because I had been on the Dart forums and I told her about many of the problems first year owners were having.

At least with your import Toyota all you have to worry about is the accelerator pedal sticking and causing a fatal crash. I think I'd rather take my chances with a few bugs in the Dart.

BTW, you might take a look at the following article. The Corolla finished in last place out of the 4.

2014 VW Jetta 1.8T vs Honda Civic vs Dodge Dart SXT vs. 2014 Toyota Corolla S
Two of those are turbos. So they are not in the same class as a normally asperated engine... ProbAbly with manual trannies. Her dart was a base model.. The road noise from inside was unbearable. Almost as loud as haveing the top down on my TJ. The auto tranny was garbage.. The AC blew warm and the dealer said that was normal for the darts... I know it was the first year run... But it was on development for over 6 years... I think that's more than enough time to work out a few major "bugs". And the corolla gets almost 10 mpg better with the same size engine.. 2.0L. But hey. It won't be long before there's not more chrysler at all ... Fiat is mostlikely degrade the brand even more and then sell it off to a Japanese company. So they can finish the job...
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Update: we've ruled out the Compass, I won't even consider the new Cherokee, & she thinks that the Dodge Journey looks like a mini-van, so it looks like Chrysler products are completely off the table.

Also, she's not too keen on the Subie, as the nearest dealer is over a half-hour away.

Toyota Highlander = too much $$$ right now (still paying on my Jeep).

All that being said, she wandered by the Honda dealership last week and has pulled a complete 180 on the new CRV; she loves that it still comes with arm-rests attached to the seats & has decided that pretty much ALL small SUVs have a rounded rear end. Now I've just got to find a good deal on one!


Thanks for all the input!



P.S. Turned out that the problem with her old one was something in the ECU (& about the only thing we couldn't easily test); likely a cold solder joint that finally failed. Ordered a new one through a buddy's shop for $400, slapped it in, and she's up a running again.
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Update: we've ruled out the Compass, I won't even consider the new Cherokee, & she thinks that the Dodge Journey looks like a mini-van, so it looks like Chrysler products are completely off the table.

Also, she's not too keen on the Subie, as the nearest dealer is over a half-hour away.
Toyota Highlander = too much $$$ right now (still paying on my Jeep).

All that being said, she wandered by the Honda dealership last week and has pulled a complete 180 on the new CRV; she loves that it still comes with arm-rests attached to the seats & has decided that pretty much ALL small SUVs have a rounded rear end. Now I've just got to find a good deal on one!


Thanks for all the input!



P.S. Turned out that the problem with her old one was something in the ECU (& about the only thing we couldn't easily test); likely a cold solder joint that finally failed. Ordered a new one through a buddy's shop for $400, slapped it in, and she's up a running again.

man that sucks...I could not live in a place like that.
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you cant let women pick out cars. that's how the compass actually exists. get her a subaru and be done with it!
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:52 PM   #17
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lol. U guys are funny.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:39 PM   #18
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you cant let women pick out cars. that's how the compass actually exists. get her a subaru and be done with it!
lol, and I agree.

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