Are you looking for an adventurous SUV to take you around the Watkins Glen and Ithaca areas? If so, you may be trying to decide between these two popular models: The Jeep Compass and Jeep Cherokee.

To help you know which is right for your travels around the Elmira and Corning areas, the team at Maguire CDJR WG compared the Jeep Compass vs. Cherokee.  Schedule a test drive today to get started!

Jeep Compass vs Cherokee Engine Specs

If you want your Jeep to have plenty of power and refined efficiency, you'll be happy with either the Compass or Cherokee. Both models come standard with the 2.4L Tigershark® MultiAir®2 I-4 engine that generates 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque.

While this is the only engine available with the Jeep Compass, the Jeep Cherokee has two other engine options to pick from:

  • 3.2L Pentastar® V6: 271 horsepower, 239 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.0L turbo I-4: 270 horsepower, 295 lb-ft of torque

Both models also have an available 9-speed automatic transmission. This is the only transmission offered for the Jeep Cherokee, however the Jeep Compass gives you even more variety here.

In addition to its 9-speed automatic transmission, the Compass has an available 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission that gives you complete control over your shift schedules.

Cargo Capacity in the Compass and Cherokee

When it comes to the Jeep Compass vs. Cherokee, both have enough seats for five passengers in total with plenty of adaptable cargo space.

Behind the second row of seats, the two models offer the following trunk dimensions:

  • Jeep Compass: 27.2 cubic feet
  • Jeep Cherokee: 24.6 cubic feet

If you need more space for luggage or other gear, you can fold down the second-row seats completely to create a flat load floor. They also both have a 60/40-split folding feature that allows you to maximize space for passengers and cargo. The total cargo dimensions for the two SUVs are as follows:

  • Jeep Compass: 59.8 cubic feet
  • Jeep Cherokee: 54.9 cubic feet

Both models have different convenience features for loading the cargo area. The Compass has an adjustable cargo floor that gives you up to three levels of versatility.

The Jeep Cherokee makes loading up your cargo area convenient with the available hands-free liftgate feature that opens automatically with a simple wave of your foot under the rear bumper.

Safety Technology

When comparing the Jeep Compass vs. Cherokee, you'll have plenty of safety features available in both models to help you get where you're going safely. For example, they both have an available blind spot monitor that provides a visual alert when another vehicle enters your side blind spot.

The Compass also has available rain-sensing windshield wipers that help you navigate more safely during inclement weather. These automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on the rate of precipitation on the windshield. This way, you can focus more attention on driving and less on adjusting your wipers.

The Jeep Cherokee doesn't offer this feature, but it does have the available Parallel and Perpendicular Park and Exit Assist System with Full Stop. This system helps you identify available parking spaces. Then, simply follow prompts to shift, brake, and accelerate, and the system will take care of steering you into place.

Jeep Compass vs Cherokee: Which is Right for You?

We hope you found this car comparison of the Jeep Compass vs. Cherokee to be useful.  The best way to know whether the Jeep Compass or Jeep Cherokee is right for your drives around Watkins Glen and Elmira is to try them out for yourself. Ready to get behind the wheel? Drivers near the Ithaca and Corning areas can contact Maguire CDJR WG to schedule a test drive today!

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