You know those moments when think “Wow, they won that by the skin of their teeth?” This isn’t one of one of them.
Most compact crossovers aren’t exactly speed demons. We know that, but it can still be interesting to see how well they do perform. Yes, you may not take a 2018 Jeep Compass or Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to the track every weekend. However, it is helpful to know whether it can accelerate up a freeway onramp with relative ease. We’re a big fan of drag races, as its one of the most straightforward demonstrations of out and out speed any given car can muster. Today, we pit the Compass and Eclipse Cross against each other on the IMI Motorsports track. Which of these suburban scrappers will come out on top in an Eclipse Cross vs. Compass drag race? Check out the video above to find out!
In one corner, we have the 2018 Jeep Compass. There’s only one engine choice available in the new model: a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder. Making 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, the Compass does outclass the Eclipse Cross for power. Although, there is a handicap at play here, and it weighs against the Jeep. Since it is naturally aspirated, the 3,300 pound Compass struggles for grunt at a mile above sea level.
On the other hand, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. It does weight slightly more than the Compass – at just over 3,500 pounds – and it’s less powerful, putting out just 152 horsepower. However, it does produce more torque, at 184 lb-ft, and forced induction helps make up the weight difference. Find out which emerges as the ultimate victor!
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