Get ready to explore Ithaca, Binghamton, and Cortland, New York, from behind the wheel of a new Jeep. Looking closely at the 2021 Jeep Compass vs. Jeep Cherokee, you'll find that these two SUVs bring a lot to the table.

They do, however, have their differences. That's where the Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT team comes in. We're taking an in-depth look at the 2021 Compass vs. Cherokee in this space, from the engine power and the off-roading capability to the interior amenities you'll have at your disposal.

2021 Jeep Compass vs. Jeep Cherokee Baseline Quick Facts




EPA-Estimated MPG

Max Towing Capacity

Cargo Space

Jeep Compass

180 horsepower

175 lb-ft

22 city/31 highway

2,000 pounds

59.8 cu. Ft.

Jeep Cherokee

180 horsepower

171 lb-ft

22 city/31 highway

4,500 pounds

54.7 cu. Ft.

2021 Jeep Compass vs. Cherokee: Engine Performance

The Jeep Compass may feature just one engine, but it's peppy and powerful. This 2.4L engine runs efficiently and makes up to 180 horsepower, coming standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission. You can upgrade to the available 9-speed automatic transmission on 4x4 models, which helps optimize the engine output and enables you to take on the roads in a more aggressive manner.

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee gives you more choices, with three available engines:

  • 2.4L Tigershark® Multiair® 2 engine: The standard engine, it puts out 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. This engine has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.
  • 2.0L Turbo engine: The next step up. This motor has 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, adding up to a towing capacity of 4,000 pounds.
  • 3.2L Pentastar® V6 engine: This engine is for those who need to tow and then tow some more. With 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque, this powertrain has a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds with the proper setup.

Any of these available options are great for the rugged off-roading that Jeep is known for. Though, if you want to go that extra mile when it comes to power, the Cherokee does give you a few more options.

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2021 Jeep Compass vs. Cherokee: Off-Roading

Wherever you're heading next, your Jeep should be ready for the task.

Both the 2021 Compass and the Cherokee are prepared thanks to the available Jeep Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System. This system is engineered to provide stability by coordinating up to 12 vehicle systems at once.

Here are some of the available modes you can choose from:

  • Auto
  • Snow
  • Sand
  • Mud
  • Rock

The Jeep Active Drive Low 4x4 System on the Compass, which is standard on the Trailhawk trim, comes with a rear axle disconnect that can switch between 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive to increase efficiency when you don't need 4x4 capability. Similar technology is found in the Jeep Active Drive 4x4 System on the Cherokee.

No matter which Jeep you choose, you're going to have a smooth ride on even the most rugged terrain as you explore the wilderness.

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2021 Jeep Compass vs. Cherokee: Inside the Cabin

Both the Jeep Compass and the Cherokee have seating options for up to five people.

While there isn't much difference between the two when it comes to front headroom or legroom, those seated in the back of the Cherokee will have a bit more space to work with:



  • Headroom (front/rear): 39.2 inches/38.5 inches
  • Shoulder Room (front/rear): 56.7 inches/55.1 inches
  • Hip Room (front/rear): 54.1 inches/49.2 inches
  • Legroom (front/rear): 41.8 inches/38.3 inches
  • Headroom (front/rear): 39.4 inches/38.5 inches
  • Shoulder Room (front/rear): 57.6 inches/55.1 inches
  • Hip Room (front/rear): 53.8 inches/49.9 inches
  • Legroom (front/rear): 41.1 inches/40.3 inches

Storage-wise, both Jeep models have plenty of room for your important items. That being said, we'll give the advantage to the Compass, which has about 59 cubic feet of storage space. The Cherokee, while spacious, carries just shy of 55 cubic feet of cargo space.

No matter what you need to bring, whether it be your tent or your snowboard, you'll have room to pack it. Though, if you find yourself wanting to bring both, maybe consider the extra four cubic feet in the Compass.

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2021 Jeep Compass vs Cherokee: The Last Word

Regardless of the Jeep model you choose to drive, you'll be behind the wheel of an SUV that's fun to handle both on the pavement and in Ithaca, Binghamton, and Cortland, NY, off-roading situations.

Visit us and see the 2021 Compass and Cherokee in action here at Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT. We look forward to helping you get behind the wheel of your next car.

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