2019 Jeep Compass

Starting Price: $23,340 | Price Yours

“Honey, I shrunk the Jeep Grand Cherokee” is one of the likely comments you’ll hear about the 2019 Jeep Compass. Looking like a scaled-down version of its big brother Grand Cherokee, the Jeep Compass is a competent off-roader that can hold its own, especially in Trailhawk trim. The base model Compass is equipped with rugged good looks, an impressive array of features, including many desirable safety assists, a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission for those inclined to row-it-themselves.

Above average: Good off-road abilities when 4-wheel drive is specified, easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system, availability of a 9-speed automatic.

Below Average: Available with only one engine choice, resale and fuel economy could better.

Consensus: With good ability to go both on and off-road, the Jeep Compass is a desirable package, especially if you are a fan of all things Jeep, including the larger Grand Cherokee. A single engine choice yields only average power ratings although there is the ability to choose 2WD or 4WD powertrains and a variety of available features and trim levels, including Trailhawk and Limited versions that could send pricing for the Compass north of $35,000.


2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Starting Price: $24,590 | Price Yours  

It has good looks that you won’t see at every stoplight. Match that with excellent technology, and good fuel economy, you’ll see there are many compelling reasons to take a look at the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Features include Mitsubishi Connect, an available subscription-based telematics suite that offers remote lock/unlock, automatic collision notification--a la OnStar, and a parental notification feature that we like to call “the electronic snitch.”

Above Average: Styling, longer warranty, all-wheel drive availability, flexible interior.

Below Average: Engine output, resale value and relatively cramp quarters that comes at the expense of zoomy styling.

Consensus: Practical, efficient and somewhat comfortable are all good adjectives to describe the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Although lacking in some of the features of the others in the segment, the Eclipse Cross with its 5-year/60,000-mile, bumper to bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty offer reliability and protection for the road ahead. 

The Jeep Compass offers an available all-wheel drive option to go along with its 180-horsepower engine and up to 9-speed automatic transmission. There’s a certain refinement found in this newer style Compass than you will not see in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and although its resale value is not exactly top-shelf, it should out-perform the Mitsu.

The Mitsubishi, while lacking in the power department, tries harder with a more extensive warranty and features like the Mitsubishi Connect suite and Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel-drive on all models above the base ES trim level. While the 4WD Compass is capable of towing 2,000 pounds, the Mitsubishi tops out at 1,500-pounds.

Jeep Compass Advantages

A more traditional looking compact SUV, the Jeep Compass plays it safe design-wise by sticking to the traditional 2-box design ethos. Opting for the Compass Trailhawk will deliver an impressive off-roader and Jeep’s Selec-Terrain terrain management system to tailor the vehicle to specific road or off-road conditions.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Advantages

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is eager to make up for lost time. As a result, the brand is working hard to regain market share through smart packaging at competitive prices. Its turbocharged 152-horsepower 4-cylinder won’t exactly embarrass itself on the job but does come in with less power. An adaptable interior with sliding / reclining / folding rear seats help to adapt the interior to your specific needs. An available 710-watt, 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, multi-view camera, head-up display and other features make the Eclipse Cross desirable in its own way.


Both vehicles are 4-door crossovers with hatchback access that can carry up to five passengers. The Compass is a more capable off-roader but that’s not to short-change the Eclipse Cross. Neither could compete in World Rally Cross, but they are well-suited for trips to the local big box wholesale stores and a weekend road trip.

Final Recommendation

The Jeep Compass and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross both offer reliable transportation and cargo-carrying capabilities. If safety, interior craftsmanship, and reliability, along with better resale value are more important, the Jeep Compass will likely be your choice.

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  2019 Jeep Compass 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter MultiAir I4 1.5-liter I4
Horsepower 180 hp @ 6400 rpm 152 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 175 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm 184 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm
Transmission Manual, 6-Spd Automatic, CVT
Fuel Economy 23 city/32 hwy/26 mpg 29 city/27 hwy/26 mpg
Also Available 6-spd auto, 9-spd auto, AWD AWD
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 4 Stars Not Rated
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 103.8 inches 105.1 inches
Overall Length 173 inches 173.4 inches
Width 73.8 inches 71.1 inches
Height 64.6 inches 66.3 inches
Turning Diameter 36.3 feet 35 feet
Headroom, Front 39.2 inches 39.5 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.5 inches 37.3 inches
Legroom, Front 41.8 inches 40.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.3 inches 35.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.7 inches 56.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.1 inches 55.1 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 126.7 cu. ft. 94.6 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 59.8 cu. ft. 48.9 cu. ft.
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