Those in the market for a small Jeep crossover should look no further than either the Jeep Compass or the Jeep Cherokee. The fact that both are similarly priced, similarly sized, and offered with a similar range of engines and optional extras might make it hard for some prospective buyers to choose, but we’ve gone ahead and broken down each crossover to help people determine which best suits their lifestyle. Let’s see how these two fare when compared head to head.
Available Powertrains and Fuel Economy
Standard under the hood of the Compass is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine capable of generating 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque – mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is also the standard, but all-wheel-drive marketed under the Jeep brand’s 4×4 systems is available as an option as well. There is also a six-speed manual transmission should customers desire it. Front-wheel drive Compass models (with automatic) offer a fuel economy rating of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, while all-wheel drive Compass models (with automatic) offer 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Manual front-wheel drive Compass models offer a fuel economy rating of 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, while all-wheel drive manual Compass models are rated at 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
When it comes to drivetrains the Cherokee offers buyers plenty to choose from – there are three engine options total: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and a 3.2-liter V6. All engines are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and are available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The 2.4-liter engine offered on the Cherokee is the same as the one under the hood of the Compass – its horsepower and torque ratings remain the same: 170 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter turbo option is capable of generating 270 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.2-liter V6 is the heftier option with its 270 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque.
Front-wheel drive models are rated as follows: when equipped with the 2.4-liter engine the Cherokee offers 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, the 2.0-liter option yields 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, and the 3.2-liter offers 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive models with the 2.4-liter engine offer 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while the 2.0-liter gets 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, and finally, the all-wheel-drive V6 gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Both the Compass and the Cherokee look similar thanks to their modern and youthful design options. The Compass is outfitted with short overhangs that give it a taut appearance, while the Cherokee recently had its front and rear fascia have both been redesigned. Both the Cherokee and the Compass are offered with LED daytime running lights, 19-inch wheels, and other available cosmetic add-ons that lend to each overall appearance.
The Jeep Compass offers the brand’s latest Uconnect infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities and a range of touchscreen display sizes capping at 7 inches. Active safety features include blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning with active braking and much more. The Cherokee also comes standard with a Uconnect infotainment system including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while a 7-inch touchscreen display is standard with an 8.4-inch being available on the high-tier trims. Active safety features on the Cherokee include blind spot monitoring, forward collision alert with full speed active brake, adaptive cruise control, and even trailer sway control for those buyers looking to tow.
Since the Compass is available with a manual transmission its bare-boned starting price is a mere $23,808. The model that follows, the Compass North, is a more robust starting point with basic features at a starting price of $27,041. The front-wheel-drive 2.4-liter Cherokee has a starting MSRP of $27,041. All prices mentioned reflect a destination fee.
Of course, each vehicle has its own advantages, and deciding which one to pick depends entirely on the needs of the buyer. Those who are looking to tow any cargo or looking for a bit more power under the hood should opt for the Jeep Cherokee thanks to its varied drivetrain options. Buyers looking for a daily driver might be better suited to opt for the Compass instead as it’s more of a crossover than a true SUV.
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