2018 Jeep Compass vs Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep family is known for a few different things: performance, forward-thinking technology, and, of course, adventurability. With impressive models like the 2018 Compass and the 2018 Cherokee on the market, it can be hard for drivers Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens to decide which is the better fit for them.

Below, you'll find a detailed comparison of the Compass and the Cherokee to help you make this decision a little easier. Let's get started by looking at how these SUVs compare when it comes to performance!

Compass vs Cherokee: Performance

Both the 2018 Jeep Compass and the 2018 Jeep Cherokee come standardly equipped with a 2.4L 4-cylinder MultiAir® engine and front-wheel drivetrain with the option to upgrade to four-wheel drive. However, the rest of their mechanical specifications differ and have their own individual benefits.

With the Compass, you'll have a standard 6-speed manual transmission and available Engine Stop/Start technology. This useful feature stops the engine when you're at a red light or in stop-and-go traffic to improve efficiency, which is why it receives an EPA-estimated 23 city/32 highway MPG1.

As for the Cherokee, you'll have a standard 9-speed automatic transmission and larger fuel tank capacity that can hold 15.8 gallons at a time. While you'll have to upgrade to the Cherokee's available engine to enjoy the Engine Stop/Start feature, one tank of gas will last you little while longer.

Compass vs Cherokee: Adventurability

The 2018 Jeep Compass and the 2018 Jeep Cherokee have a few trim levels in common, including the Trailhawk. This trim level, even more so than the others, allows both models to go beyond the pavement with its Trail Rated® badge.

This badge indicates that the Compass Trailhawk and the Cherokee Trailhawk are not only ready for off-roading, but they practically invented it with the following specifications:



2018 Jeep Compass

2018 Jeep Cherokee

Crawl Ratio



Water Depth

Up to 19 inches

Up to 20 inches


103.8 inches

107 inches

Approach Angle



Breakover Angle



Departure Angle




Drive on the city streets as well as the back roads beyond with the same amount of confidence.

Compass vs Cherokee: Technology Features

No matter which path you choose to take in the 2018 Jeep Compass or the 2018 Jeep Cherokee, you'll have plenty of technology features to keep you connected. You'll standardly enjoy the Uconnect® Multimedia infotainment center in both models.

This system comes with a standard 5-inch touchscreen display, which can be upgraded to a 7-inch screen or an 8.4-inch screen. However, the Uconnect® features you get in the Compass vary a bit from the features you'll get in the Cherokee.

Both have Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth®, but you'll only get standard Bluetooth® Audio streaming in the Compass. However, the Cherokee gives you access to SiriusXM® Traffic™ and SiriusXM® Travel Link in several of its trims.

Not sure if you want to lease or buy your new Jeep? Check out our free leasing vs. buying guide eBook to see which option is better for you!

2018 Jeep Compass vs 2018 Jeep Cherokee: Which One?

In this comparison, you learned about how the 2018 Jeep Compass and the 2018 Jeep Cherokee stack up against each other when it comes to performance, off-roading, and technology. Still, that's not all these SUVs have to offer.

However, we at Manhattan Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram believe the only way to know for sure which is the better fit for you is to get behind the wheel of both. Shoppers in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens should give us a call today to schedule your test drive today!

1 Actual mileage may vary. For more information, please visit: www.jeep.com/fuelefficiency

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