By on April 12, 2016

2016 Jeep® Compass 75th Anniversary edition

Ten years since what?

The Jeep Compass is the only remaining member of a certain group of vehicles. All other vehicles in that group have been cancelled, crushed, annihilated.

What group is that? Take a guess. We’ll tell you more soon.

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112 Comments on “It’s Been Ten Years …...”


  • avatar
    Hummer

    The caliber?

    Why does it always have to be the boring useless vehicles that stick around why can’t we still have the GMT800 platform in production alongside the newer trucks.

    • 0 avatar
      MoDo

      Is there anything that’s been made as long as the Infiniti FX35 (now QX70) which has been largely the same since 2002?

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Its not just boring cars, its awful cars. The Patriot/Compass are terrible. Yet, the fairly decent Dart and the fairly good (and damned good looking) 200 are staring down death’s door. I just dont get it, their “phone-it-in” jobs, as in the Jeeps previously mentioned, hang on year after year, but when they actually TRY, it blows up in their face.

      I think Mazda would be a good partner to build replacements for the Dart and 200, and introduce a Mazda2 variant as a subcompact. Yes, they already build it for Toyota, but with better styling more akin to Dodge design language, I think it would work. Lets just hope they dont replace the Dart with a Mirage with a cross-hair grille. Uhhhggg.

      If I were looking at new cars today, Id try to find a 200 S (isnt the Pentastar V-6 standard on that one?) and hammer out a deal that would put my payments lower than if I had bought a Corolla or Forte. Either that, or a two (three?) door VW Golf gas burner with a manual trans. I dont like either manufacturer, really, but if its insanely cheap for a pretty nice car, they could put a Yugo badge on it for all I care.

      Id really rather have a new Accord LX coupe 6MT (I-4), but I dont imagine Honda is ready to make the kind of deal VW or Chrysler would.

      Maybe leasing the Golf would be better, time it so I turn it in 5 miles before the warranty expires lol.

      What I really need is not another car, but a truck. It might take some time, but I imagine with some effort, I could find a new F-150 SuperCrew XL 4×4 in ANY color other than “fleet special” white. Steel rims, base engine, and A/C. Thats all I need.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I think most guys would love a beater truck at the right price/condition but it is no easy feat. I still think you should pick up that Fat Panther Townie you mentioned for $1200. Tis no truck, but will serve you well if you needed it too plus can tow a trailer.

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

          Its not towing Im after, although that is part of it. I plan to haul some decent sized cargo that a car, any car, wouldnt be able to handle. I was speaking theoreticly anyway, Im in no way looking to get under payments any time soon.

          I found a 1995 Mitsubishi Mighty Max, my favorite Japanese small truck of the last 30 years, but again, bigger things going on right now so another vehicle purchase is not going to happen right away.
          Although….the 5-speed Mighty Max would be a good vehicle to teach John how to properly drive a manual.

          I love that Town Car, but I seriously doubt it is still there. Im betting someone already snapped it up. If I got a big, RWD, BOF, V-8 American car, itd probably be an Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Broughm coupe. Just something about a huge car in coupe form that demands my attention…unless its a 1970s T-Bird or similar…theyre just too damn ugly. A 1990s T-bird, Coug (V-8 required) or Mark VIII LSC would do, but they arent nearly as big as the Olds I want, nor as comfy. I know a guy with one, but he painted it brown and it has blue interior…so that needs to be changed lol. Dont know what he was thinking. My cousin has a 2015 Silverado in a very nice blue, that color with a white vinyl half top would be boss on the Olds. Add a removable glass panel over the front seats, oh man, Id love it.

          Im probably moving to Florida with John here not too long, he has an amazing job oppertunity there and its our chance to start our lives together properly, this time without depending on the flakey promises of his extended family.
          I will need a truck to move all my stuff there, and I bet the Mitsu would do it with no issue. I wanted 4wd, but I can probably find a decent 1995/6/7 Explorer later on, with the OHV 4.0L, not the timing chain mess SOHC version. I suppose a V-8/AWD Explorer or Mountaineer would do.

          @Dal Youre not wrong. I wish you were, but youre right on the money (literally it seems, as for Jeep anyway).

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            My nearly-two-year-old sees CUVs and says “[Color] car!”

            He sees sedans and says “Low car!”

            It’s the default.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I’m not sure where you reside, but being from Western PA, I would U-haul it and buy my used car in Florida where the chance of corrosion and rust on my used car is near zero.

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

            Rust is not a problem here, at least not so far back as a 1995 Mitsubishi or even the 85 Olds I mentioned. Sure, all cars will rust eventually, but there is no salt here to speed up the process.

            Still cant beat the west coast for rust-free cars, my 1978 Mercury Zephyr Z-7 had zero rust. I mean none anywhere. I put it up on a lift and tried my best to find the tin worm’s tracks, nothing. Of course, had the owner lived closer to the beach with the salty air, it wouldve been a different story.

            I did find (on craigslist) an Olds coupe like I want in Orlando, in black, good condition, for like $1400 or best offer (IIRC). I dont see how I could convince John that we need it, lol, its something to add to a collection when we are more stable. But, like dad always says, it doesnt hurt (or cost money) to look. :-)

            He, of course, wants a newer car, but he trusts that Im the car guy and he will pretty much go with what I pick, assuming its a useful vehicle and not just something Id like to cruise around in lol. He wanted a new Sonata after renting one, but after we drove those new Hondas awhile back, he understood what I meant when I said there are better options. He loved the Civic and is quite fond of the Ford Focus, but said he would leave it up to me and so if I want the Accord coupe, thats what we will get. I dont see us going wrong with any of those choices, except I like the Focus hatchback more, but he likes the sedan. I gotta get him to get used to a manual trans, each of those cars beg for it. I thought about finding him a mid-90s Accord manual trans so he will get used to it before we take on buying something new.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I might look for something cheap to insure there. My understanding is Florida has very expensive car insurance.

          • 0 avatar
            pragmatist

            I bought a used utility trailer. Carries the occasional lumber, stove, couch, etc just fine.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        “The Patriot/Compass are terrible. Yet, the fairly decent Dart and the fairly good (and damned good looking) 200 are staring down death’s door.”

        Such is the current market power of the CUV and the Jeep badge.

        Every week, literally, it becomes more and more clear that the CUV is the default car and the sedan is the choice of either the old-fashioned, the cheap, or enthusiasts.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you calling me old fashioned over the rustling of my tweet jacket!

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            Speak up, sonny, I’m hard of hearin’.

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            Tweed. And they don’t rustle, not really. Ask me how I know… :P

          • 0 avatar
            shaker

            The Professor swayed uneasily in the doorway of his home, as one of his loveliest students, Jessica Crowley, faced him on the stoop. It was no coincidence that even on this chilly afternoon, she was clad in a skirt and partially-unbuttoned blouse, pleading with him regarding a rather poor grade that he had hastily scratched onto an essay that she had written – subconsciously, perhaps. It had been two years since his wife had died, her 1956 Mercury forced through a guardrail and down a steep cliff by a moving van on Waterloo Drive. As the two aspects of his personality struggled with the situation, he began sucking furiously on his briar pipe, belching smoke like a locomotive. Suddenly, he refocused on the young lass before him; “Please Professor, I’ll do *anything* if you’ll reconsider!” and with that she pressed herself against him. This desired, yet feared reaction caused him enough of a start that he coughed into his pipe, spraying her lovely blond hair and his prized tweed jacket with a shower of sparks.

            Months later, under the baleful looks of her classmates, she opened her short story titled: “Sparks To A Flame”, boldly emblazoned with an “A+”.

            Sorry: “Tweed” did that :-)

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Ugh, that typo was awful. Normally I catch em.

        • 0 avatar
          sgeffe

          Get the [email protected]& off my lawn!

        • 0 avatar
          pragmatist

          A while back I was at a big Jeep event. Old ones, new ones, military ones, modified/lifted ones, Jeepsters, etc.

          At the end of the day they announced the numbers for each category. When they announced ‘Compass/crossover: zero’ the crowd spontaneously broke into a cheer.

      • 0 avatar
        paxman356

        “Lets just hope they dont replace the Dart with a Mirage with a cross-hair grille. Uhhhggg.”

        You rang? http://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/news/2015-dodge-attitude-is-a-reskinned-mitsubishi-mirage-photo-gallery-91780-7.jpg

        Meet the 2015 Dodge Attitude, currently only sold in Mexico… okay, I’ll chip in for your therapist.

  • avatar
    vtnoah

    It’s been a long time… shouldn’t have left you… without a dope Jeep to step to..

  • avatar
    seth1065

    What was / is left from the merger of equals ???

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Cars developed under Cerberus.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    What is the Mitsubishi GS platform?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_GS_platform

    “The Jeep Compass is the only remaining member of a certain group of vehicles.”

    Oh and Jeep Patriot is also still sold…

  • avatar
    JimZ

    What is “the single worst family of Chrysler vehicles in recent history?”

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Okay, Ill start typing, and someone else will have to pick up when my fingers break from over use. Lol

      Id say that recently, the hand-me-down Mitsu GS platform is high on the list (underpinned the awful Sebring/Avenger/200 (first one), Caliber/Patriot/Compass, and the Journey I believe). With the “world” engine, oh man, its as though they said “remember the Dodge Spirit? I think we can do worse. Far worse.”

      Disclaimer: I kinda like the Plymouth Acclaim. With a V-6, the boxy styling, for some reason, its just kinda works for me. But, Im a weird duck, you all should know that by now lol. Yes, I know the Spirit R/T was the performer, but the Acclaim always looked classier to me. Its a car that can pull off beige pretty well IMO. I also liked the Plymouth Breeze with a manual trans, although the quality was awful. Decent handler, as I recall.

  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    Then as it was, then again it will be
    And though the course may change sometimes
    Rivers always reach the sea

  • avatar
    balreadysaid

    Total integrated power module…

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    Easily eliminated choices from the past 10 years-
    Cancelled: Any version of a RWD coupe from any manufacturer shown at an auto show

    Crushed: R33+ versions of the Skyline imported into the US.

    Annihilated: Any pretense that SUV/CUVs are actually supposed to go off road and are anything more than station wagons with 1.2″ additional ground clearance over the sedan they share platforms with.

  • avatar
    JimZ

    has anyone else been having problems on this site in Chrome? Specifically the scroll bar disappearing and leaving the page unscrollable?

  • avatar
    tresmonos

    TTAC “Best of the Worst” is all I can think of

  • avatar
    Philip Lane

    You’ve had to have been here for a while to remember this, but …

    It was on the first TWAT list.

    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2006/10/ttacs-ten-worst-automobiles-today-twat-award/

    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2006/11/the-truth-about-cars-2006-ten-worst-automobiles-today-twat-awards-the-winners/

  • avatar
    nels0300

    The last transverse engined, uni-body, “car based” platform assembled at Belvidere?

  • avatar
    thegamper

    Chrysler CVT? Sorry haven’t shopped Chryslers in a while (ever), may be more that I am not aware of. Just looked, there is a transmission option called autostick. Not sure if that is CVT. Maybe autostick is the answer, never driven a car with a transmission by that name that I know of.

  • avatar
    cgjeep

    Last vehicle based on the Dodge Caliber platform?

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    The last platform from Chrysler/GM to be alive pre-BK to still be alive post-BK?

    EDIT: Wrong – never mind – LX platform by Chrysler for starters.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    Wikipedia says: Chysler MK platform

  • avatar
    dal20402

    I’m never going to write “GM BOF SUV” ever again.

    Not when I can steal from a former TTAC writer the wonderful word “Yukotahoburbelade.”

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Here are my nominations for 2016 (sadly, I don’t have time to write a proper paragraph for each, even though that’s at least half the value):

    10. Mazda CX-3
    9. BMW X6
    8. Honda HR-V
    7. Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV
    6. Kia K900
    5. Mercedes CLA250/GLA250
    4. Fiat 500L
    3. Range Rover Evoque
    2. Jeep Compass
    1. Honda CR-Z

    I honestly didn’t try to put so many subcompact CUVs in. I just think it’s a class that’s very poorly executed right now. (And my #11 would be another one, the Chevy Trax.)

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      Additional nominees:
      – Dodge Journey
      – Acura RLX
      – any VW diesel
      – any Mitsubishi
      – any Infiniti, but especailly the QX30
      – Toyota Yaris
      – Lexus GX
      – anything “classic” or “limited” and especially Nissan Rouge

      I might add the Buick Encore, but mostly just to piss off Norm.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        The QX30 should be together with the GLA/CLA… it’s basically the same thing. Other Infinitis aren’t that bad, except maybe the poorly packaged and old QX70.

        VW diesel is a strong contender.

        RLX isn’t actually a bad car at all… just overpriced. If the FWD version were priced across from the Lexus ES and the Sport Hybrid $5000 more no one would have the slightest issue with it.

        I don’t really like to pick on the super cheapies like Yaris and Mirage. By and large they exist to be cheap and they do a good job of it. You get what you pay for.

        The Lexus GX is a perfectly good truck, provided you want a truck, and one of the two or three most reliable vehicles on the planet. Not sure why it would get the honor.

        • 0 avatar
          VoGo

          Agreed on the QX30 and VW.

          I added the RLX not because it’s a terrible car – it’s not. But because I could spec a TLX that is better in 95% of ways, and save $10K.

          Yaris, Mirage could be excused for being cheap, except that the Fit, iA and Fiesta do it so much better. Even the Chevy is better.

          The GX isn’t a bad vehicle. But it is terribly mismatched for the market. People spending $50K for a tall Lexus want a 3-row crossover like the MDX or XC90. Instead, they get a rough riding, gussied up ForeRunner (or nearly). Also aged.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            Agreed on the market mismatch for the GX; Lexus needs an extended three-row RX variant yesterday. But if you actually want a luxury truck it’s still one of the best out there despite its age. That may be “10 worst marketing efforts” but I don’t see it as “10 worst cars.”

          • 0 avatar
            Quentin

            Anecdote incoming: A close friend of mine (doctor with doctor parents) called me a few weeks ago. He was telling me that his mom and dad had ordered an X5 to replace the his mom’s GX460 because the “X5 feels more sturdy, better built.” I said that the X5 was probably a better choice for his mother seeing that she doesn’t go off the pavement, but the idea that the X5 is sturdier is asinine. I explained that the GX was basically a fancy version of a Land Cruiser Prado that is ubiquitous in Africa, Australia, and Asia. His parents are originally from India, so it is pretty likely he has seen a few LC150s on his travels back to see family. Curiosity got the best of me and I looked up the KBB value of a 10 year old GX and a 10 year old X5. The X5s were worth a little over half the value of the GX. That says it all, IMO.

          • 0 avatar
            gtemnykh

            Quentin,

            Having just witnessed the absolute basketcase that is a 8 year old E70 chassis X5 with higher miles, I can think of no bigger gap in longevity than a Land Cruiser Prado-based Lexus SUV and this marvel of “German engineering.” You’re correct, resale says it all.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            I humbly withdraw the suggestion of the GX. I do contend that Lexus would be better off with a 3-row RX and a gussied up Sequoia in place of the GX and LX, but that’s just my opinion. The GX is by no means a bad vehicle.

          • 0 avatar
            gtemnykh

            As an aside, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a GX described as being rough riding. Wallowy, maybe. But if someone asked me for a recommendation for the absolute best vehicle to tackle our crumbling infrastructure in comfort and confidence, a Lexus-tuned BOF SUV with fat sidewall tires would be a top pick. The older trucks with adjustable damper stiffness could be adjusted from ‘stable but still comfortable’ in Sport mode to “insanely wallowy 1970s US landbarge marshmallow that smothers all” in Comfort mode.

        • 0 avatar
          cbrworm

          Oh. I lust after a QX70 w/ 5.0 V8, or at least the idea of one. I like my old FX45 enough that I would gladly upgrade it with more power and technology.

          And the Lexus GX is as close to indestructible as you can get. The X5 is great when new, but a few years later I would definitely prefer the GX.

  • avatar
    thegamper

    Ok, no idea so I have to go with this: fixed long mast antenna.

  • avatar
    Polishdon

    Longest platform life still produced ??? I have a 2016 Jeep Patriot and it’s the biggest piece of junk I’ve owned. And trust me, I’ve owned a ton of POS Fords!

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Mitsu GS platform.

  • avatar
    RangerM

    Ten years since the Neon disappeared?

  • avatar
    Oberkanone

    Last Mitsu platform at Chrysler?
    In the earlier talk of old platforms did anyone mention Mitsubishi Lancer?

  • avatar
    kmars2009

    After checking Carcomplaints.com, these should have been killed off long ago…along with the Caliber, would have been perfect.

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