2018 Jeep Compass: Off-roading on a budget

So here’s the Deal or No Deal (without Duchess Megan Markle): if you like to off-road and really do go off-road a lot (be honest), the 2018 Jeep Compass is a reliable SUV to take over hill and dale and to enjoy in all its roughness.  If enjoy thrills and spills and don’t mind getting dirty (and you do your own laundry), this Compass can point you in the right direction.

On the other hand, if your idea of roughing it is staying at the Ritz-Carlton and not ordering room service, this ain’t your vehicle. If you want an SUV and you’ll be using it mostly to get around town, go to work, go shopping, go clubbing and occasionally do charity work (sexually or by court order), you have better options.  While affordable, the strength of this year’s Jeep Compass lies its ability to wear the tiara of the terra firma, not play soccer mom. If you need maximum interior/cargo room and inner-city flexibility, there are other SUVs to fit the bill.

That being said, the Compass is more affordable than many of its competitors. Starting at $22,000, even if you can’t get everything you want out of the Compass, you may be able to get into one for a monthly payment of $200 or less, depending on your credit score. Of course, you won’t get a lot for that base price other than A/C and the Uconnect interconnectivity system.  For snazzier items like AWD and automatic transmission, you have to go up the food chain.

Materials and appointments inside the cabin are pretty nice and yet you wouldn’t feel too bad if you spilled a juice box or a Fat Tire on anything. I really have no concept of what size the average adult human being is like anymore, but assuming you and your friends are that demographic, you should fit nicely into the Compass.

I’m not really into full disclosure: hell, if I have to start telling the truth, there goes the good life.  Just so y’all know, I tested the Limited 4×4 trim, and that was a really nice vehicle to drive. Remote start, lumbar, ambient lighting, leather inserts, sunroof, 8 1/2 inches, all kinds of important safety features. And by the time it was all tallied up, the cost was close to $35,000.  I have mixed feelings about spending that kind of money of this kind of car, but I can tell you that for brief moment in time, I did enjoy driving it.

As always, do your homework, take your time and don’t feel like there is any pressure to buy.  If you ever do feel pressure, walk away. Something is going on that is not in your favor.

It’s the same way in the world of dating. So I’m told…

 

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