Off-Road Worthy? 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Jeep Compass Take On Gold Mine Hill [Video]

Compact crossovers are red hot right now – with space for a small family and their gear, they can easily do the urban hustle. But how well can these two hack it off road?

Most of us buy cars not necessarily with our hearts, but with our heads. We need something practical, something efficient, something easy to drive around town. Those are some of the reasons compact crossovers are incredibly popular in the marketplace. They drive like normal cars and are reasonably efficient, yet they are more spacious and robust than an ordinary coupe or sedan. The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL and the Jeep Compass Limited both tackle the urban beat easily enough. The Eclipse Cross gets around by way of a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine making 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Jeep’s recently-refreshed Compass makes its power from a 2.4-liter “Tigershark” MultiAir engine making 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The Eclipse Cross costs $31,715, while the Compass is more expensive, at $34,860. They’re both similiarly sized, and they both get an estimated 25 MPG combined.

On paper then, these cars are fairly well matched. But how do they perform when the scenery shifts from sprawling cityscape to rough roads and off-road trails? How well does the all-wheel drive 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Jeep Compass perform heading up Gold Mine Hill? Find out in the video above!

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