2019 Jeep Compass vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee

January 8th, 2019 by

The Jeep Compass (left) starts at an MSRP of $21,595 and the Jeep Cherokee (right) starts at an MSRP of $25,240.


The Jeep brand has become synonymous with the term SUV. You could probably even say they invented it. Not surprisingly, the 2019 Jeep lineup features five SUVs: Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and, of course, Wrangler. Two of these occupy the same “Compact SUV” category; the Compass and the Cherokee. While most brands may have a difficult time selling two vehicles in the same category, Jeep has taken this challenge head on and designed both vehicles to appeal to consumers for different reasons. In this article, we compare the similarities and differences in the 2019 Jeep Cherokee vs the 2019 Jeep Compass and will hopefully help you determine which vehicle is the right fit for you.


While both the Compass and the Cherokee are built on the same platform, there are some key design differences that make them easily distinguishable. One of the most noticeable differences is in the design of the signature 7-slot grille that has become synonymous with the Jeep brand. The Compass has a shorter grille without the curve that is featured on the Cherokee. Another distinguishable difference between the two is the length and shape of the body of the vehicle. The Compass is about 9 inches shorter than the Cherokee however, this length does not transfer to more interior space. Another noticeable difference is the flat headlights on the Cherokee that wrap around the front edges of the vehicle. The Compass features wider headlights that connect to the grille.


The interior of the two vehicles are actually quite similar. While the Cherokee’s front center console is wider than the Compass, they both come packed with technology. Both the 2019 Cherokee and 2019 Compass come standard with UConnect 4 and 7” display and both models can be upgraded to the 8.4″ touchscreen. The Compass offers about 3 more inches of rear cargo space compared to the Cherokee despite having a shorter overall length. Previously, the Compass was only available on a limited number of trims, however the 2019 Jeep Compass features the same number of trims as the Cherokee. The key difference in available trims is that the Jeep Compass offers a budget-friendly Sport trim and steps up from there whereas the Jeep Cherokee begins at the Latitude trim level.



So far, we have discussed a few minor differences but nothing that truly separates the Cherokee from the Compass. That is before we look at capability. While both vehicles comes standard with the same 2.4L 180hp engine, the Cherokee can be upgraded to a 3.2L V6 which puts out 271hp (the Cherokee also offers a turbocharged option). While the engine difference may not appeal to the casual driver, it does make a significant difference when it comes to towing. The 2019 Jeep Cherokee can tow up to 4,500 pound when properly equipped. This compares to a maximum of 2,000 pounds in the Jeep Compass. Another key area of distinction is in off-road capability. While both options are Jeeps and therefore better than most compact SUVs when it comes to hitting the trails, the Cherokee takes the edge in this category. The Cherokee offers 3 available 4-wheel drive systems compared to just two on the Compass. Both SUVs offer 4×4 options as well as a Trailhawk trim level.



We may be biased, but we have a hard time declaring a winner. With a starting MSRP about $4,000 cheaper than the Cherokee, the Jeep Compass offers a comfortable, off-road capable option at a very reasonable price. However if you are looking for a little more from your Jeep, the Cherokee offers more engine options and more available towing capacity that isn’t available on the Jeep Compass. Despite these differences, with 7 available trim levels, both options have the available features you need to hit the road (and trails!) in style!

We hope you enjoyed reading this article! At Glenn’s Freedom Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we are proud to offer a great selection of the 2019 Jeep Compass and 2019 Jeep Cherokee. We’d like to invite you to come take a test drive at our Brand-New Jeep Dealership at 1560 E. New Circle Road in Lexington, Kentucky. You will be greeted by a Jeep-trained sales specialist who can walk you through any questions you may have.

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