With the rise of portable crossover vehicles these days, the renowned auto marker-Jeep is out there to satisfy your taste with its two famous brands; the 2019 Cherokee version and the 2019 compass. Both crossovers are quite similar but of course, comes with slight variations to suit different taste, which is worth considering.  If you’re exploring options within the 2019 Jeep lineup, you must have likely given thought to the Jeep Compass and the Cherokee. Both crossovers show an improved model from their respective predecessor; each offering a small, easy-to-handle platform compared to larger SUVs and more sedan-like handling. Quite confusing, right?  You need not worry; take a chill as we feed you with more details of the two cars.

 

Interior Features

The Compass offers much to be the desired comfort, with a spacious interior along with good head- and legroom in both rows, although the sunroof cuts into rear-seat headroom. The seats are generally comfortable and supportive. Irrespective of the fact that it is one of the most affordable SUVs, the Compass still has a classy, upscale interior with some nice materials. The 2019 Compass model comes with two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and an extra upper tether anchor on the rear middle seat. The lower anchors are set so deep in the seats, which ultimately makes it only to yield when a great force has been applied.

The Cherokee, in like manner, promises comfort. The back row seat is quite spacious enough to hold two average-sized adults with fewer squabbles. The 2019 model comes with upgraded plush leather, with the well designed delectable cabin. As you take on the wheels, you experience more class; from the wood accents to the noise cancellation system. Like the Compass, the Cherokee has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and an extra upper tether anchor, rather on the middle seat.

The better equipped 2019 Cherokee comes with LED headlights, 17-inch steel wheels, a 3.5-inch multi-information display, eight cargo-area tie-downs, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and so much more.

The Compass shares a good number of the Cherokee’s features, but it lacks the standard LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, and a few other features. It does, however, comes with dual-zone

automatic climate control; a feature lacking in the Cherokee.

 

Cargo Space and Comfort

The Jeep Cherokee does a great job when it comes to interior roominess and comfort with ample cargo space. Although the cargo room is just 24.6 cubic feet, the passenger side has up to 41.1 inches of front legroom and up to 40.3 inches of rear legroom. The back seat can be slid to a rearward position. With these rear seats all been able of sliding backward, the cargo room gains extra space. Also, sliding the rear seats forward expands the cargo area to 29.1 cubes as lowering the rear seats further expands it to 54.7 cubes.

The 2019 Jeep Compass, by virtue of being smaller, has lesser cargo space. In the same view, its rear seats offer less legroom at 38.3 inches. These rear seats also have less padding than what is obtainable in the Cherokee, offering lesser comfort. However, the Compass offers 41.8 inches of legroom, a slight advantage over the Cherokee.

 

Performance

The jeep 2019 Compass offers only one engine; a 2.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder rated at 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, with standard six-speed manual transmission. However, depending on trim and drivetrain, there are two automatic transmissions; a six-speed and a nine-speed. At the six-speed automatic transmission, the Compass gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The manual transmission offers an additional one mpg. In the event of needing downshifting, the nine-speed automatic transmission always lags.

The compass is slow to accelerate, and the engine can be noisy.  Albeit, it offers a comfortable ride, and the suspension smoothes out bumps and holes in the road. While it has a tight turning radius when making a turn in a bend, it leans heavily to one side, and its steering feedback is inconsistent. It also offers a four-wheel-drive system, having a four traction control settings – Auto, Snow, Sand, and Mud – while the Trailhawk adds a fifth setting: Rock.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee has a 3.6-liter V6 which produces 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. Also, V8s of 360-horsepower 5.7-liter, 475-horsepower 6.4-liter, and a supercharged 6.2-liter. For each engine, the standard is an eight-speed automatic transmission. With the turbodiesel engine, the Cherokee produces up to 22/30 mpg; with an EPA-estimated at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

However, quite similar to the Compass, the Cherokee provides cruising over rough terrain; with multiple four-wheel-drive systems. However, this SUV doesn’t offer much in the way of steering and seems a bit sluggish in navigating through bends.

 

Safety

The Jeep automakers always consider safety. The Compass and the Cherokee are both equipped with top safety features.

The rearview of the compass is fitted with a camera; seemingly the only big advancement. Also, driver aid safety techs offered by the Compass include the forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane maintains assist, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, wipers with rain sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

The Cherokee offers quite similar safety features. However, it earned the highest rating of Good in all crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as a top rating of Superior for its available front crash prevention systems.

Bottom line

There’s no doubt on the tight similarity between these two SUVs. However, considering your taste in auto, a close look at the slight distinct feature will help you make a choice. The Compass is quite cheaper than the Cherokee and offers a smaller, easy to handle, and off the road capable alternative.

However, if you need more comfort, additional engine options, and more towing capacity, the Cherokee should be your call. You should feel at ease picking between any of the two options, and you will never regret you did!