Yes, sorry to say I must leave you guys as my Versa has been traded in and I am living a new life as a "Jeep Guy". We found we had an ongoing need in our household for a larger, reliable vehicle with 4x4 and towing capacity.
We wanted to be able to take trips to visit her family in the Cascade mountains in winter in a vehicle that could better handle adverse winter weather, and I need something reliable with pulling power to take my collector cars to car meets several states away sometimes. Then at home up here in northern Minnesota having one good 4x4 for the worst days of the winter so we can always get to work, and being able to pull my utility trailer to get lumber and sheetrock and other supplies as we continue to work on our house.
We were both driving small cars and had one 20-year-old chevy off to the side trying to do those other duties but the chevy was played out, not trustworthy for cross-state trips anymore. I had it for 10 years and it was a good run, but it was time to replace it.
With a little bit of poking and research we stumbled across the newly redesigned Jeep Compass, and I tell you what they could not have released this redesign at a better time for us because there was nothing else on the market that checked all the boxes for me (well, maybe a Land Rover or a BMW, but nothing affordable
that checked all the boxes).
Jeep Compass is 100x better looking than the old compass:
These are stock photos of one like the one I ultimately got. I ended up with a silver and black in "Limited" trim. Compared to the model S Versa I have really made out like a fat cat. I know have power locks and windows, power drivers seat with power lumbar adjustment. Heated seats, heated steering wheel, heated mirrors, heated windshield wiper de-icers. Black leather interior with the 8.4 inch touchscreen infotainment system paired to six speakers. Dual climate control, built in 115V household inverter for charging the laptop on road trips, auto-dimming rear mirror, cruise control, factory remote start, 18 inch rims, automatic headlights, apple carplay and android auto, the list goes on and on. It has a class III receiver and enough towing capacity to pull my boat and trailers and do what I need to do.
The sticker price was pretty high compared to the Versa but we talked them down a large margin and with some finagling I only ended up adding about $120 to my monthly payment, which is not bad considering the upgrade. Took a hit in gas mileage but this jeep is rated 29-30 on the highway and I've been close to that so far so not as bad as buying a big truck or anything, actually really great for a small SUV with a tow rating. The engine has an optional auto-stop feature to shut down and save some gas at long stops like stoplights and fast-food drive-through lanes. I had one other car with this feature once and I really liked it, but I enjoy being able to turn it off if I'm not in the mood to be "green".
Anywho, I would have been fine with keeping the versa and trading in her turbo civic, but she is really fond of her civic, it has pretty much almost all the same cool things this new jeep has so when one of our two small cars had to go on the chopping block, the poor Versa got the short stick. Nothing wrong with the Versa itself, it was still a great car for going to work and back but we had household needs for a larger 4x4 vehicle and this is how the cookie crumbled.
She is very pleased to be getting two cars out of the yard and replacing them with one, and in hindsight it was a bit ridiculous for me to have two vehicles (the Versa and the old Chevy) and pay insurance and tabs and gas for both. Once you factor in those costs we are not adding much to go this route where I have one do-it-all vehicle.
It has been fun chatting with you guys but this forum is getting overgrown with spam anyways, easily the worst one I've ever participated in spam-wise and I have participated in close to a dozen forums for all the different cars I have owned over the years. Hope the admins get the garbage cleaned up for you guys so you can continue to have fun.
Off I go into Jeep land, this is my first Jeep ever (and arguably my first Chrysler, and my first Fiat too right?
) so it should be a fun adventure. I've already got a cargo rack for our bicycles and some mild off-roading and camping lined up. Onwards and upwards.