OFF ROAD

Quite possibly the subtlest vehicle brought to Moab by Jeep, this Grand Cherokee is simply called the Off Road. Using regular steel springs, the vehicle has a 2-inch lift, leaving just enough room to squeeze a set of 33-inch BFG Mud-Terrains at each corner. The Off Road does have the optional 5.7-liter Hemi under the hood, but no modifications have been made. Our favorite aspect of the vehicle? That's easy -- the paint. Jeep designers had been looking at naval boat colors for a while, and thought this low-gloss, heavy-duty ship paint would look outstanding when accented against some black and red highlights. And they were right. If this doesn't get into some Jeep or Mopar ordering guide, it'll be a crime. Our only change would be to offer some kind of Mopar rooftop tent package if you're going to offer an Overland Edition.

COMPASS CANYON

Mark Allen was almost apologetic about this one when it was introduced. "We've never had one of these out here before...and mostly I just wanted to prove to myself that it could play." As you might expect, you can't really do all that much to a Compass (even though it now sports the slightly more capable Patriot underpinnings). The Canyon does have a 2-inch suspension lift, plenty of skidplating, and both the front and rear anti-roll bars were removed. That, along with bigger, more aggressive tires and a Mopar cold-air induction system, helped the little crossover quite a bit on the Fins and Things trail just outside of Moab, but there was only so much that could be done. Trying to make a CVT-equipped crossover (which mean no low range) into a trail climber might have been too much to ask of this chassis and powertrain. The four-cylinder engine just doesn't have the low-end muscle to climb the steeper hills. The Compass looks cool, though.