Jeep Cherokee vs Chevy Equinox

Are you on the hunt for a sporty SUV that offers the utmost style for your next adventure? Then you’ve probably come across the Jeep Cherokee and Chevy Equinox, two of the most popular models on the Graniteville, Aiken, and Augusta streets. Each has its own unique flair, so which is better for you? Bob Richards Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is here to help.

Below, you’ll find our head-to-head Jeep Cherokee vs. Chevy Equinox comparison. We put these models side by side and dove in deep to find their differences, so you can decide which is the best match for your needs. Let’s get started.

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Chevy Equinox: Engine Lineups

Just by watching these two SUVs hit the roads, it’s clear that they both harbor a lot of power under the hood. But upon closer inspection of their powertrain choices, there are quite a few differences.

The 2020 Cherokee offers three fine-tuned engines to choose from. Standard is the 2.4L Tigershark® MultiAir® 2 engine that’s paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. This presents up to 180 horsepower.

If you’re looking for even more power, you have two options: the 3.2L Pentastar® V6 with 271 horsepower or the 2.0L turbo engine. This gives you an impressive 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

On the other hand, the 2020 Equinox only offers two engines in their lineup starting with the standard 1.5L 4-cylinder. This offers 170 horsepower and is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission providing less power and control. Additionally, the Chevy available 2.0L turbo powertrain also comes up short compared to the Cherokee with 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

2020 Cherokee vs 2020 Equinox: Capability

SUVs are known for their versatility, allowing you to travel off the roads and tow heavier loads seamlessly.

The Chevrolet Equinox does this thanks to the available all-wheel drive system that makes tackling tough terrain easier. Additionally, this model can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped with the right configuration.

However, Jeep models are known for their capability and with the Cherokee, it’s no different. First of all, when properly equipped, this SUV can tow 1,000 pounds more than its competitor and when it comes to off-roading, unfortunately, the Equinox doesn’t stand a chance.

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee is a Trail-Rated® vehicle that proves its exceptional ability to perform expertly on all sorts of road conditions and terrain from water fording to on the trails and over rocks. Plus, there are three available 4x4 systems to choose from, giving you just the capability you need.

Cherokee vs Equinox: Interior Space

When shopping for an SUV, you expect it to have a lot of interior room for your passengers and belongings. Luckily enough, both the Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Equinox offer ample cargo space behind both the front and rear seats. Although, the passenger room is a little different.

First of all, the 2020 Cherokee offers tons of wiggle room for you and your travel companions with 128 cubic feet of passenger volume. This is quite a bit more when compared to the Equinox, which sports 103.5 cubic feet of passenger room, even though they both seat up to five.

This is especially noticeable when it comes to legroom. Take a look at the stats below:





Front Legroom

41.1 in.

40.9 in.

Rear Legroom

40.3 in.

39 in.

Jeep Cherokee vs Chevy Equinox: Verdict

At Bob Richards Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we think both SUVs are suitable for any Graniteville, Aiken, and Augusta commute. But when you’re behind the wheel of the 2020 Cherokee, you’ll have more power, capability, and space at your fingertips. Isn’t that incredible?

To see if the 2020 Jeep Cherokee is right for you, schedule a test drive with our team today!