Jeep always brings an interesting bunch of trucks for us to test each year at Easter Jeep Safari. This year included the new 2011 Compass which is a huge improvement over the previous generation and can be equipped with a Trail Rated package. The design team took it even a bit further and added a 1″ lift and taller tires – then we got it dirty on Fins and Things.
The new Compass is actually an attractive cross-over, with 6/10ths Grand Cherokee appearance and a significantly refined styling. While not a serious trail machine it now looks more like a Jeep and would likely reward the driver looking for gravel road and snow performance.
Given enough of a running start, it even scaled the mini Lion’s Back in Moab and completed all of the Fins and Things trail. Lack of low range limits its climbing ability.
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The Compass ended up being pretty fun in the mud and a rewarding challenge to drive on a moderate trail.