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CompassCompass Named One of the Six New Cars to Watch For
Posted by mike on 2006/1/22 21:11:25 (1530) reads

The not-yet-released 2007 Jeep Compass was named one of the six new cars to watch for by CNNMoney.com. In addition to the Compass, the other 5 cars are the Volkswagen EOS, Honda Fit, Toyota Camry, Ford Edge, and the Lexus LS460. Here's what they had to say about the Compass:


Search all you want, you'll find no "Trail Rated" badge on the Compass, as Jeep's new addition to the line-up isn't designed to go off-road.

This is a car designed for buyers who like the idea and style of Jeep vehicles but don't want the reality of owning a genuine off-roader. (The rough ride and all that, you know.) The question is will the fakery of the off-road look bother potential buyers?

"The market that they're going after has not been raised on Wranglers and the toughness of Jeep," said Bell.

"I think that they'll be very happy with the pseudo-toughness and will not be offended by the lack of off-road ability," he added.

At least Compass buyers, as opposed to asphalt-bound Jeep Liberty buyers, will be honest about faking it.

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RUBICON
Posted: 2006/1/24 8:17  Updated: 2006/1/24 8:17
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 Re: Compass Named One of the Six New Cars to Watch For
I look at the Compass, and then I look at the Caliber... the Caliber's proportions are all right, the Compass' are all wrong. At least we know it isn't the architecture that produced the swollen bumper.

I think the Compass could be a very strong selling vehicle but it needs some tweaks to the design before it becomes a production model.

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dbh_jeep
Posted: 2006/1/23 9:36  Updated: 2006/1/23 9:36
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 Re: Compass Named One of the Six New Cars to Watch For
I think this is a good thing for Jeep. If you look at the history of the brand it has produced quite a few vehicles geared toward the non-offroad types - and it's helped keep Jeep afloat. I know of two cases where people bought one Jeep (GC and a KJ) and went on to later buy a TJ. Introduction to the brand is a good thing - keeping Wranglers on the market is a GREAT thing. I hope they sell like crazy!

Just my $.02...

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TKL
Posted: 2006/1/22 22:27  Updated: 2006/1/22 22:28
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 Re: Compass Named One of the Six New Cars to Watch For
ugh. pseudo-toughness and lack of off-road-ability. way to go jeep, you pansies! i expect nothing less to come from a guy whose last job was hocking fords.

you know, those barbie jeeps at toys r us don't have the trail rated badge, so maybe they'll end up in dealerships too!

-TKL

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bkcurtis
Posted: 2006/1/23 19:07  Updated: 2006/1/23 19:11
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 Re: Compass Named One of the Six New Cars to Watch For
Let's see, some pavement pounders only: 2WD JGC, Cherokees, Jeepsters, Commander, and the SRT JGC. I guess Jeep has been a pansie for a long time. Like the previous poster said, if this allows Jeep to continue to build tough, off-road vehicles, more power to them.

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CanJeepYJ
Posted: 2006/1/23 22:26  Updated: 2006/1/23 22:26
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 Re: Compass Named One of the Six New Cars to Watch For
Absolutely...every dollar the soft roaders brings in...the better change that Jeep and the Wrangler will be here for a long long time.
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