Both will retail under $25,000 fully loaded, and start near $17,000. Dodge M80 Harboring a secret longing for the toys of your dimly recollected youth? If so, the M80's got your number; with its squat, rounded lines, the vehicle looks an awful lot like that childhood fave, the Tonka truck. Slate-gray plastic bumpers and fenders, round headlamps and Dodge's trademark stainless-steel-look grille conspire to lend the vehicle's front fascia a certain plucky charm. The M80's profile manages to be both uncluttered and imposing, with push-button door handles, integrated plastic side storage lockers and massive 20-inch wheels. In rear, the truck boasts super-sized performance-tuned dual exhaust pipes and gleaming round taillights. A 5-foot cargo bed offers ample room for hauling. The back of the truck's cab boasts a full-width flipper glass that allows easy access to the bed; owners may add the cabin to the vehicle's load-length by leaving the flipper-glass open. Inside, the M80 is rugged and decidedly no-frills, but that doesn't mean it's short on excitement; the truck is loaded with what Dodge deems "youthful and unexpected" features. The vehicle's cabin gets a sporty edge thanks to Detonator Yellow sheetmetal panels; driving the look home are satin-silver hard plastic covers, gobs of aluminum metal trim, and water-repelling Neoprene-look seat trim. The truck's center console does double duty as a portable cooler, and its fold-flat seats may be removed and used outdoors. There's a vehicle-wide wet-good bin behind the seats; the instrument panel also boasts a large storage drawer. Simple back-lit gauges keep the driver abreast of crucial information. The audio and heating systems are operated via large rotary knobs, and aluminum foot pedals play up the vehicle's performance aspirations. Based on a Dodge Dakota frame, the M80 features an independent front suspension and leaf-spring solid rear axle. The truck is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 tuned to serve up 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque, with a standard four-wheel-drive transfer case and a five-speed manual tranny connecting its grunt to the tarmac. The M80's slew of off-the-shelf parts would make production versions affordable. Jeep Compass The Compass represents an all-new design philosophy from Jeep. This car will not climb the Rubicon trail, in fact, it doesn't even have low-range off-road gears. Instead, all-wheel-drive traction gives the [Compass rally car-like capability to fulfill the Jeep tradition of outdoor adventure. A 3.7-liter, 210-horsepower V6 gives it plenty of road-shredding power, while the short wheelbase assures quick, precise handling reflexes. The interior is a futuristic, but not overly complicated. "Even as the instrument panel looks like the cockpit of a fighter jet with technical dials and gauges — and, of course, a compass — we have kept the interior styling simple, uncluttered and functional," said designer Michael Castiglone. The four-passenger vehicle has bucket seats front and back, with folding rear seatbacks that create a flat, steel-covered load floor. Jeep is trying to explore ways to expand its popular brand name beyond traditional sport-utilities. The Compass looks like a good way to do this without completely leaving behind the off-road tradition.