2018 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2018 Jeep Cherokee
The Chevrolet Equinox has recently been the second best-selling product of General Motors across all brands. Banking on its popularity, Chevy gave it a full redesign for the 2018 model year, significantly reducing the size and weight. This has generously improved the vehicle’s handling. Moreover, the current model is loaded with plenty of high tech features.
The Jeep Cherokee, like the Equinox, has sharp handling and plenty of features packed inside the cabin. It also shines when it comes to off-road driving capabilities.
The current model year Equinox is lighter and smaller than the outgoing model. What’s more, it is powered by new turbocharged four-cylinder engines along with an optional diesel, which is highly fuel-efficient. Despite the downsizing, the interiors of the Equinox continue to remain spacious and roomy. The headroom and legroom are more than sufficient for tall passengers and foldable rear seats add to the cargo space. Chevy has also added plenty of safety features as standard for the 2018 model year like a lane departure warning, rearview camera, and a Teen Driver reporting feature.
The Jeep Cherokee beats most small crossovers when it comes to off-roading. However, that is about it. It may match the Equinox’s sharp handling and interiors, but most people don’t prefer the Cherokee as a day-to-day ride to get you to work. It can be a weekend car that you take for long drives and vacations. The suspension is soft and it matches with the V6 engine option. However, the cargo space falls short and the acceleration is not powerful enough.
As mentioned earlier, due to the immense popularity of the Equinox, Chevrolet decided to redesign the current model year crossover, taking all of the best from the previous model. It is a tricky thing to change something that is not broken. However, Chevy got this one right, as the vehicle is reduced in size and weight from the outside but continues to retain its inner space. The base L trim seems like a perfect variant, but it is a custom order model, which means there is ample waiting period for you to get your hands on the wheel. The LS is the one above it that can be found in showrooms with the addition of a few extra features. The LT comes with almost all of the available features while the Premier is the top end leather trimmed model.
The Jeep Cherokee, on the other hand, remains mechanically unchanged for the current model year. The only changes are in the trim structure. Jeep has taken away the Cherokee Sport, which makes the Cherokee Latitude the base variant. A new trim, the Latitude Plus, has been added while Trailhawk and Limited variants are added with some extra features. Thus, the Cherokee comes with seven trim options: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk.
All Equinox trims come equipped with a touchscreen. The 7-inch screen comes as standard, while you can also opt for a larger 8-inch MyLink screen which has added functions and clearer graphics. The infotainment is easy to use and Chevrolet does offer many more features than most other carmakers do. Connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard while OnStar emergency services and 4G LTE Wi-Fi are also available. The cabin has four USB ports along with smartphone charging.
In addition, the inside of the car is spacious and even taller passengers can enjoy plenty of headroom and legroom both at the front and rear. The back seat is foldable which adds to the cargo space. Normally, it is 30 cubic feet but with the back seat taken down, the space increases to 63.5 cubic feet. This comes in really handy and is clearly superior to the Jeep Cherokee.
The Cherokee also has touchscreens as standard across all trims. However, you either opt for a large 8.4-inch screen that is extremely user-friendly or settle for the standard 5-inch model. Although the infotainment system is OK, it does fall short when it comes to available content. While Bluetooth and 3G Wi-Fi are the basics, the Jeep does not have connectivity to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto yet. This makes the Equinox infotainment system look better.
As Jeep has laid more emphasis on off-roading, the Cherokee comes with a higher load floor due to the available full-size spare tire and heavier four-wheel drive. While this is the Cherokee’s primary USP, it does have a significant impact on the cargo space. With the rear seat up, the cargo space is 24.6 cubic feet, while it is 55 cubic feet with the seat lowered.
Engine & Performance
The Chevrolet Equinox comes in three engines with a mileage oriented diesel one as well. The base is a 1.5L four-cylinder, generating 170hp of torque. The 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder makes 252hp while the 1.6L diesel churns 137hp.
The Jeep Cherokee’s engines are certainly more powerful than the Equinox – a 2.4L Tigershark four-cylinder making 184hp and a 3.2L Pentastar V6 churning 271hp. Despite the figures, the acceleration of the Jeep engines lags and is not as smooth as the Chevrolet crossover. What the Equinox lacks in power, it makes up with its fuel efficiency. The 1.5L makes 28 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, while the diesel engine makes 28 mpg in city and 40 mpg on highways. The Cherokee, on the other hand, makes 21mpg in the city and only 28 mpg on highways. This makes the Equinox a more practical and affordable car for everyday use.
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is an exciting and powerful crossover for off-roading and as a weekend vehicle. However, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is the best all-rounder amongst the two. Loaded with better tech, safety features, larger cargo space, and extremely high fuel efficiency, the Equinox is the perfect package of comfort and practicality.