2021 Jeep Cherokee
Features & Specs
2021 Chevrolet Equinox
Parking Assistance
Only Available On Higher Trims
Heated Seats
Only Available On Higher Trims
271 hp
Engine Power
170 hp
239 lb-ft
Engine Torque
203 lb-ft

2021 Jeep Cherokee vs Chevrolet Equinox

Shopping for a new SUV can be an exciting time, but it can also get very stressful due to the seemingly numerous amounts of makes and models that are available. We here at Dave Smith Motors want to help you cut through all of that as we are comparing two of the most popular models on the market in the 2021 Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Equinox. While both of these SUVs come with some terrific engines and a ton of useful features, it begs the question of which one has the advantage. For the answer, continue reading down below!

2021 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

Three powerful engines are available for the 2021 Jeep Cherokee. Standard on the first few trims is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. When you get to the Latitude Lux, trim you will be treated with two options, with the first being a 3.2-liter V6 that pumps out an impressive 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque and the second being a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that gets you 270 horsepower and a wonderful 295 lb-ft of torque. No matter which engine you go with, the Cherokee will come with a nine-speed automatic transmission, which provides you with a smooth ride. Front-wheel-drive comes standard, but four-wheel-drive is available. On the Trailhawk, four-wheel-drive comes standard.

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Power & Handling

Unfortunately, there is only one available engine for the Equinox, so your power choices will be limited. The engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 170 horsepower and a decent 203 lb-ft of torque. It pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive, though you do get the option of four-wheel-drive on every trim except the L. While the Equinox's power numbers are perfectly fine, they pale in comparison to what the Cherokee offers. Also, while the Cherokee offers you four-wheel-drive at the base level, the Equinox does not.

2021 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

There are five trims available for the 2021 Cherokee, and each of them gives you a wide array of tech, luxury, and off-road features. Starting things out is the Latitude trim, which has power front windows, exterior mirrors with a heating element, supplemental turn signals, courtesy lamps, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Adding to this is the Latitude Plus, which has heated front seats, premium-wrapped heated steering wheel, remote start, keyless entry, and push-button start. Tons of luxury items can be found on the Latitude Lux trim, which has Nappa leather seats, power front seats with a power lumbar adjuster, and a windshield wiper de-icer. If you're looking for more off-road features, the Trailhawk has those with an advanced all-wheel-drive system, wider wheels and all-terrain tires, and increased ground clearance. The final trim is the Limited, which rounds out the trim lineup with leather upholstery, an upgraded driver display in the gauge cluster, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen.

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Features & Design

Only four trims are available for the Equinox, so there will be a limited amount of features. The base trim is the L, which comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, a height-adjustable driver's seat, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Next is the LS, which adds rear floor mats, a compact spare tire, and rear privacy glass. The LT builds on this with upgraded headlights, added chrome and body-colored exterior trim, satellite radio, and an upgraded driver information screen. A few optional packages are available for the LT, known as the Confidence and Convenience packages. They include remote engine start, dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated front seats, and a power liftgate. The highest trim available is the Premiere, which has 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, and a wireless charging pad.


While we like a lot about both of these SUVs, we will give the victory to the 2021 Jeep Cherokee! The Cherokee has more engine options than the Equinox, and the five trim levels provide you with more features than the four the Equinox offers. We highly recommend taking the Cherokee for a spin by heading down to Dave Smith Motors and scheduling a test drive with one of our knowledgeable and friendly sales team members. If you prefer to shop from your couch, you can also check out the entire Cherokee inventory here on our website.

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