2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Jeep Cherokee doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Equinox Premier offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Equinox and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Cherokee:

 

Equinox

Cherokee

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

4 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.7/.1 kN

3.5/1.6 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.47/.51

.84/.45

Tibia forces R/L

1.2/.2 kN

1.5/1.1 kN

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Equinox the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 149 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Cherokee’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Equinox. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Cherokee.

There are over 27 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 2 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 239) than the Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6.

The Equinox’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 171) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl.:

 

Equinox

Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.2 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

18.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Equinox diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

 

 

Equinox

Cherokee

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/39 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/38 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Equinox gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

 

 

Equinox

Cherokee

 

2WD

 

n/a

22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/32 hwy

23 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/29 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto

4WD

 

n/a

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

25 city/30 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping

The Equinox stops shorter than the Cherokee:

 

Equinox

Cherokee

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Jeep Cherokee.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Equinox LT AWD is quieter than the Cherokee Limited 4x4:

 

Equinox

Cherokee

At idle

43 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The Equinox has .6 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

The Equinox has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 24.6 cubic feet). The Equinox has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (63.5 vs. 54.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Equinox easier. The Equinox’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.6 inches, while the Cherokee’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

The Equinox’s cargo area is larger than the Cherokee’s in almost every dimension:

 

Equinox

Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.9”/67.4”

33.9”/67.6”

Max Width

53.7”

49.2”

Min Width

40.7”

39.4”

Height

31”

28.8”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Equinox LT/Premier’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The Equinox Premier’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Cherokee doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Cherokee does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

On a hot day the Equinox’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The Cherokee doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost Uconnect Access can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Consumer Reports rated the Equinox’s headlight performance “Good” to “Very Good” (depending on model and options), a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair.”

When the Equinox Premier is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Cherokee’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Equinox Premier has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Cherokee offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $105 less than the Cherokee over a five-year period.

The Equinox will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Equinox will retain 44.23% to 46.77% of its original price after five years, while the Cherokee only retains 41.2% to 43.04%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Cherokee because typical repairs cost less on the Equinox than the Cherokee, including $69 less for a starter, $143 less for front struts and $147 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Equinox will be $645 to $5998 less than for the Jeep Cherokee.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Jeep Cherokee by 71% during 2017.

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