Couldn't you have planned your trip around a better FCA product?
What did you think of power and interior materials?
They had available two Compasses, one Kia whatever it's called, a couple Jeep Renegades, and a Fiat 500X. Our daughter wanted a Jeep and the Compass was the roomier of the two so that's why we ended up with it. Had I chosen I'd have picked the Kia as it was a bit larger.
Regarding power, it's weak, but really this is an economy car so it's hardly surprising. The engine is smooth running so at cruising speed it's great, acceleration is acceptable, but passing is a non-starter. We cruised across Alligator Alley at 80MPH with no problems. Again, for the purpose this vehicle is meant for I think the engine is fine. My only complaint about the drivetrain is the shifter when in drive, if you bump it ever so slightly left or right goes into manual mode and given it's location relative to the cupholders it happens often. I also tend to rest my hand on the lever so and even then just the slightest movement left or right and you're in manual mode, very frustrating.
Interior quality is again, unsurprising. Hard plastics everywhere. The seats are comfortable, it has power windows and locks (doesn't everything now?) and room for five passengers and three large suitcases. Given this is a base Compass I cannot imagine anybody would expect more.
I guess my point in posting this isn't to rave about the Compass, but just to share my shock at just how good even the worst vehicles available actually are!