Compare 2021 Jeep Compass vs. 2021 Jeep Cherokee

2021 Jeep Compass
2021 Jeep Cherokee

2021 Jeep Compass


2021 Jeep Cherokee

2.4L 4cyl


2.4L 4cyl
180 HP


180 HP
22 city / 31 hwy*

Fuel Economy

22 city / 31 hwy*

Serving Brunswick, GA

Jeep is one of the most popular SUV brands, with a lot of loyal customers. Two of the best models in its lineup are the 2021 Jeep Cherokee and Compass. Both of them offer incredible off-road capabilities, but they also have some differences.

So, which one should you choose as your next SUV? Here we will compare the Cherokee and Compass to find out which one is better for you.


A 2.4-L engine powers the 2021 Jeep Cherokee and produces 180hp, with 171 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired with nine-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, it has an exclusive patented MI4 Zero Evap MultiAir technology. The engine has an estimated EPA rating of 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

On the other hand, the 2021 Jeep Compass gets powered by a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine that produces 180hp and 175 lb-ft of torque.

Although both engines produce the same amount of horsepower, the Cherokee has a better towing capacity. The Cherokee can tow up to 4,000 pounds, while the Compass can only tow 2,000 pounds. However, both Cherokee and Compass base models come with the same towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.

Both vehicles come with a Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 drivetrain. It provides better climbing and crawling capabilities with a 20:1 crawl ratio. However, the two-speed unit on the 2021 Jeep Cherokee diverts extra torque to the rear wheels for better climbing and paving capabilities.

It makes the Cherokee the ultimate off-road machine. The feature only comes as an upgrade option on the Compass. You can also have a better feel of these two drive trains with an online test drive at CDJR Brunswick.

Interior Features

As SUV enthusiasts, you know the importance of the space inside a vehicle. You want enough room for the driver and passengers, along with luggage and other accessories. They both came with a generous amount of space, with the Compass offering a space for five people and the Cherokee seating up to seven people.

The Cherokee offers more standard interior features than the Compass making it more luxurious. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MediaCenter Electronics Storage. You will also have a tire pressure monitoring display, a Stop-Start multiple VSM system, and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

Standard features found in the Compass include Bluetooth® streaming audio, a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, and two 12-volt power outlets.

The Compass offers 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Cherokee offers 27.6 cubic feet. With the rear seats flipped down, the trunks have a capacity increase to 59.8 and 54.7 cubic feet. Passenger volume on the Compass is 100 cubic feet, and on the Cherokee, it’s 128 cubic feet.

Safety Features and Drivers assist Technology

Both vehicles have standard safety features that help to protect occupants from harm. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave both SUVs a four-star overall rating out of five. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave both a Top Safety Pick+ rating of Good.

The IIHS faulted the 2021 Jeep Compass on headlights, rating them as poor. The 2021 Jeep Cherokee received Good on most safety tests apart from the headlights that received a rating of Marginal.

The 2021 Jeep Compass has only one standard advanced safety feature; a rearview camera. Available advanced features include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane keep assist
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control

On the other hand, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee has all the standard safety features available in the Compass and comes with additional advanced driver assistance technologies. These include 4-wheel ABS, Knee airbags, and Overhead airbags.

These two SUVs closely compete and can be hard to choose either. However, you can always take an online test drive and decide which one best suits your needs.

Step One Automotive Group provides an immersive 360 videos online test drive experience. This way, you can experience how it is like to drive either of the two cars in the comfort of your home. It’s available on your tablet, phone, or laptop.

You don’t have to visit the CDJR Brunswick showroom and have to wait for hours to get a car test drive. To online test drive 2021 Jeep Compass, contact Step One Automotive Group today

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.