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author photo by Autotrader January 2011

During its four years in Jeep showrooms so far, the Compass has been the proverbial answer to a question few have ever asked. Sharing its underpinnings with the Dodge Caliber and Jeep Patriot, the Compass has supplied its (relatively few) buyers with neither the former’s low price or the latter’s raised ride height.

For 2011, this crossover has come in for some aggressive freshening. A new grille accompanies new front fenders, hood, headlamps (that look copied directly from the Grand Cherokee), rear fascia, LED tail lamps, badging and a color-coded rear spoiler. This new, sophisticated appearance, a higher level of standard equipment, more than 30 standard safety features and three drivetrain configurations show that the Compass is now finding its way.

Air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and locks, heated exterior mirrors, and keyless entry are all standard -- with a base price of just under $20,000. Jeep adds a standard CVT transmission and remote start to its off-road-specific Latitude trim.

Under the hood is the same 2.0-liter four, offering 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. The optional 2.4-liter enjoys 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque.

On the road, the 2011 Compass surprises with its new-found poise, a comfortable ride meshing beautifully with composed handling. Within the context of “normal” driving, the Compass carries itself well.

Off-road, and with Jeep’s Freedom Drive II all-terrain setup, the Compass Latitude borders on spectacular. Even with modest Firestone rubber, it is as sure-footed as a tightrope walker, able to follow the ups and downs of a snowy creek bed without a moment of hesitation, capable of tackling conditions that would bring lesser cross-utes to a full stop.

And the timing couldn’t be better, since the 2011 Compass makes its debut in late December/early January. For a dose of real Jeep ability (albeit rationed carefully), the Compass can fit the bill.

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