Here’s the latest reader question – along with my reply!
Adam asks: I have the chance to get a pretty good deal on a low mileage 2016 Jeep Compass. I’m pretty sure there’s a reason for that. I’m wondering what you think that reason is.
My reply: The last-generation Compass (this model was thoroughly updated in 2017) is considered mediocre vs. rivals but isn’t a bad vehicle. Its deficits include a plasticky interior, an engine that hasn’t got an abundance of power (vs. the weight of the vehicle) and not-exactly-adroit handling. But it’s a very serviceable – and inexpensive – ride, with very decent all-weather capability. This latter accounts for it selling pretty well, despite its shortcomings.
The 2016 you’re looking at is also “priced right” because the current/updated Compass is a much nicer/more capable vehicle.
But – again – there is nothing wrong with the older Compass and if you get a great deal on one (and like the vehicle) there’s really no reason not to go for it. I’ve bought several vehicles for exactly these reasons – good deal/gets the job done.
If you’re similarly practicality minded, you will probably not be disappointed with this Jeep!
PS: All the usual caveats that apply to any used car purchase apply. Be sure you have the vehicle sussed out by a mechanic you trust before you commit to buying.
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