2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Jeep Cherokee are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The Cherokee has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Equinox doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland offers optional Parksense with Rear Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Equinox doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Cherokee and the Equinox 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, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

Cherokee

Equinox

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

166

376

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

51 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

241/259 lbs.

264/236 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

Cherokee

Equinox

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

64

109

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

133 G’s

195 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

264

288

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

55 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

203

377

Hip Force

490 lbs.

730 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The Cherokee’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Cherokee’s reliability 29 points higher than the Equinox.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Jeep 1 place higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Cherokee has more powerful engines than the Equinox:

Horsepower

Cherokee 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

180 HP

Cherokee 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 HP

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

170 HP

Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

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

Cherokee

Equinox

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.3 MPH

81.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Cherokee has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cherokee’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Equinox:

Cherokee

Equinox 1.5T

Equinox 2.0T

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

The Cherokee stops much shorter than the Equinox:

Cherokee

Equinox

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Equinox (245/65R17 vs. 235/50R19).

The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Equinox, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cherokee has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Cherokee flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Cherokee has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Equinox doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Cherokee’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Equinox doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cherokee is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Equinox.

The Cherokee Limited 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Equinox LT AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Equinox LT AWD (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (8.7 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has .2 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room and .4 inches more rear legroom than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Cherokee. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Cherokee’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Equinox’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Chevrolet Equinox is only 3500 pounds. The Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Cherokee uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Equinox uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Cherokee’s front power windows open or close 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 Equinox’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The Cherokee’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Cherokee’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Equinox’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cherokee Overland has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Equinox doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Cherokee Limited also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland’s optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Equinox doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $855 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cherokee than the Equinox, including $51 less for a water pump, $126 less for a muffler, $86 less for front brake pads, $283 less for fuel injection, $64 less for a fuel pump and $271 less for a power steering pump.

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