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What are the Jeep Compass vs. Jeep Cherokee Differences

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How are the Jeep Compass and Jeep Cherokee Different?

Jeep vehicles have a well-earned reputation for building a capable lineup of crossover SUVs. The Jeep Wrangler is among the most recognizable platforms in the world and the Cherokee has all but set the standard for luxurious, but rugged, crossover SUVs. Designers have expanded the Jeep lineup to meet more customer needs – to great success. However, sometimes new Southside Dodge customers need a little help examining their options. So, how are the Jeep Compass and Jeep Cherokee different? Let Southside Dodge show you how these vehicles stand out from one another.

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Jeep Compass vs. Jeep Cherokee

Seeing the Jeep Compass and the Jeep Cherokee side-by-side, it wouldn’t take an automotive expert to be able to tell the difference between the two platforms. The Cherokee is categorized in Jeep documents as a midsize crossover SUV and the Compass is a compact platform. Functionally speaking, the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Compass are pretty similar. In terms of available interior space, the two models are very closely matched. The chief difference between the current Compass and Cherokee is going to come down to the available powertrains and overall performance output.

Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Compass Size Interior Space

All crossover SUVs are designed to offer owners a flexible interior that can accommodate an evolving mix of people and cargo. A Southside Dodge customer looking for a vehicle to solve either of these issues will find that the Compass and Cherokee will have plenty of space to offer its owners. Both Jeep models will hold five people, two in the first row and up to three passengers in the backseat. Additionally, measurements for legroom and overall cargo volume are very similar between the two vehicles. Take a look at the table below to see how closely the two vehicles are matched.

 Jeep Cherokee Dimensions Jeep Compass
 2/3 Seating (Front/Rear)  2/3
1,045 (41.1) Front Legroom (mm/in.) 1,046 (41.8)
1,23.2 (40.3) Rear Legroom (mm/in.) 973 (38.3)
0.7 (25.8) Cargo Room, Seats Up (cu.-m./cu.-ft.)  0.8 (27.2)
1.5 (54.7) Cargo Room, Seats Down (cu.-m./cu.-ft.) 1.7 (5.9)

Cherokee and Compass Performance Differences

As Jeep vehicles, the Cherokee and Compass are true Trail Rated vehicles and can be equipped with an array of four-wheel drive and terrain management systems to dominate rough off-road environments. The larger Jeep Cherokee is available with three engine options and the Compass will be equipped with one engine choice. Check out the official performance specifications for both vehicles below.

2022 Jeep Compass

2.4-litre, inline four-cylinder
Horsepower: 177
Torque: 172 pound-feet
Max. Towing: 907 kg* (2,000 lbs.*)
*4×4 models only

2021 Jeep Cherokee

2.4-litre, inline four-cylinder
Horsepower: 180
Torque: 171 pound-feet
Max. Towing: 907 kg* (2,000 lbs.*)
Available On: Sport, North, 80th Anniversary
*When properly equipped

2021 Jeep Cherokee

Turbo., 2.0-litre, inline four-cylinder
Horsepower: 270
Torque: 295 pound-feet
Max. Towing: 1,800 kg* (4,000 lbs.*)
Available On: Altitude, Limited
*When properly equipped

2021 Jeep Cherokee

3.2-liter, V-6
Horsepower: 271
Torque: 239 pound-feet
Max. Towing: 2,041 kg* (4,500 lbs.*)
Available On: Altitude, Trailhawk, Limited, 80th Anniversary, North
*When properly equipped

If you would like to examine the differences between the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Compass for yourself, make an appointment to test drive both models at Southside Dodge, today.