2021 Jeep Cherokee vs Chevrolet Equinox

2021 Jeep Cherokee
Features & Specs
2021 Chevrolet Equinox
40.3 inches
Rear legroom
39.7 inches
128 cubic feet
Cargo volume
103 cubic feet
Blindspot monitoring
Available on higher trims
180 horsepower
Base engine power
170 horsepower

2021 Jeep Cherokee vs Chevrolet Equinox

The Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Equinox have been in tough competition for years now. The two American compact SUVs both come with some fantastic standard and available features that are sure to please drivers from all different lifestyles. With both models boasting impressive features, it can be hard to choose between the two. At Victory Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Kingwood, we want to make this decision easier for you, so we’ve put both vehicle’s best features on display side-by-side for you to compare and contrast. Please continue reading to get an inside look at how the 2021 Cherokee stacks up against its Chevrolet counterpart.

2021 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

Three engines are available for the 2021 Jeep Cherokee lineup. The standard engine is a 2.4L I4 that kicks out 180 horsepower, 171 lb-ft of torque, gets an estimated average of 26 MPG, and can tow up to 2,000lbs. Next in line is the 3.2L V6 standard for the Trailhawk and Limited trims. This cranks out 271 horsepower, 239 lb-ft of torque, maintains an average of 24 MPG, and is rated to tow up to 4,500lbs. Drivers who need quick acceleration will be satisfied by the 270-horsepower 2.0L I4 and its 295 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged engine gets 26 MPG and can haul up to 4,000lbs. All four of the Cherokee engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard across the lineup, while four-wheel drive is optional on all trims besides the Trailhawk, where it is standard. For unbeatable handling on all road surfaces and conditions, Selec-Terrain Traction Management comes on all four-wheel-drive configurations. Selec-Terrain has Auto, Sport, Snow, and Sand/Mud modes on a rotary dial conveniently placed on the center console. The Trailhawk trim adds Rock mode to the dial for greater off-road capability.

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Power & Handling

Only one engine is available for the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox. Standard across the whole lineup is a 1.5L turbocharged I4 engine. This kicks out 170 horsepower, 203 lb-ft of torque, and can only tow up to 1,500lbs. The Equinox does get an impressive estimated 28 MPG. Similar to the Cherokee, the Equinox comes standard in front-wheel drive, while an all-wheel drivetrain is optional. However, none of the Equinox trims come standard with all-wheel drive. The engine comes linked with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

The 2021 Cherokee has an extensive trim lineup, and the list of standard and available features seems to never end. The Cherokee Latitude kicks off the lineup with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, Bluetooth, two USB ports, LED headlights, heated side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, and ProTech I driver assists. ProTech I includes a backup camera, forward collision mitigation, lane keep assist, blindspot monitoring with rear cross-traffic warning, and rear park assistance. Skipping up to the Latitude LUX, you’ll find heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, leather-trimmed seats, an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, power-adjustable front seats, and more. The Limited trim features 18-inch alloy wheels, a powered liftgate, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Nappa leather-trimmed seats. The Trailhawk focuses on off-road capability with standard 4×4, Selec-Terrain with Rock mode, an off-road-tuned suspension, added ground clearance, all-terrain tires, red tow hooks, skid plates, and more!

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Features & Design

The 2021 Chevy Equinox comes in four different configurations. Kicking things off is the L trim with 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, smartphone integration, and a suite of driver assists somewhat similar to that of the Cherokee. The LS trim comes next with a compact spare tire, floor mats, and available package options like all-wheel drive. The LT trim comes third with a powered driver’s seat, HID headlights, and tinted rear windows. Topping off the lineup is the Premier trim with its leather upholstery, 8-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a power liftgate.


With four powerful engines, a full suite of driver assists, advanced technology, and seemingly endless features, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee certainly bests the Chevy Equinox across the board! If you’re interested in getting into a new Cherokee, you can find our full inventory right here on our website to peruse the different trim levels and all the features. You can also apply for financing on our secure application and value your trade from the comfort of your own home. If you prefer, we invite you to come to see the professional sales team here at Victory Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Kingwood to find the perfect vehicle for you!