2019 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

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As far as crossovers go, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox are two powerful contenders in the car game. And while each has something over the other, it really comes down to what the driver plans to do with it that determines the best option. So let's go over the ups and downs of each one.

Power and Fuel Economy
If you're looking at raw, overall engine horsepower, the Cherokee comes out on top.

Cherokee Engines:
  • 3.2L Pentastar V6 at 271hp
  • 2.4L TigerShark Four-Cylinder at 180hp
  • *New* 2.0L Turbo I-4 at 270hp
Equinox Engines:
  • 2.0L Turbo Four-Cylinder at 252hp
  • 1.6L Diesel at 137hp
  • 1.5L Four-Cylinder at 170hp
Of course, this also translates into towing capacity. The Cherokee can reach a maximum capacity of 4,500lbs while the Equinox caps at 3,500lbs. The Equinox gets slightly better mileage, however, sitting at 28/39 City/Highway(diesel engine only--otherwise, it's a few mpg lower)compared to the Cherokee's 22/31 City/Highway.

Unique Features
The Cherokee maintains its focus on off-road capabilities 
while the Equinox leans towards interior comfort.

Cherokee:
  • Rock Selec-Terrain option
  • Skid Plates
  • 56:1 Crawl Ratio
Equinox
  • Wireless Device Charging
  • 4G OnStar Wi-Fi Hotspot
Originally in the Equinox alone, Android Auto and Apple Carplay are now also available in the Cherokee.
Cost
2019 Jeep Cherokee Starting MSRP 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
$23,882   $23,462

Price-wise, the Cherokee is slightly higher. However, with more standard features and manufacturer rebates available for the Cherokee, it can end up potentially being lower.

Final Verdict
In the end, the decision between these two really comes down to what you plan on using the vehicle for. If you're planning frequent off-roading treks and towing, the Cherokee is the surefire choice. But if you want a simple inner-city commuter with increased comfort, the Equinox would be more up your alley. However,(shameless plug incoming) in the event that something came up that required you to have a little more "umph" in your vehicle when the tires hit the mud, you just can't go wrong with a good ol' fashioned Jeep Cherokee that's clawing its way into the future.













 
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