Article by Tim Esterdahl and republished from DigitalTrends.com
We gave it a try anyway.
Why? Frankly, we were invited to, and it wasn’t our plastic we thought we’d be shattering.
In the sporadic rain near Woodstock, Virginia, we joined up with the inaugural Trail Trek Tour to drive seven compact crossover vehicles with seven other automotive judges. The mission was to take these compact crossovers places, well, heck probably their own engineers didn’t think they could go before – off-road.
The competitors for this challenge ranged from the formidable 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk to the subcompact 2018 Hyundai Kona, with similar ground clearance of a Prius. We also had a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure, 2018 Kia Sportage, 2018 Mazda CX-5, 2018 VW Tiguan, and a 2018 Honda CR-V.
We bashed them over rocks, sloshed through standing water, and slipped along two muddy trails inside the George Washington National Forest, to see what today’s CUVs are made of – and which reigns supreme.
See full article at DigitalTrends.com : We dragged 7 crossovers onto 4WD trails to see what breaks, and who makes it