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Differences Between the 2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Jeep Compass

When it comes to producing off-road capable crossovers and SUVs, nobody does it as well as Jeep. In fact, the entire Jeep lineup is made up of them. So, if you're in the market for a new Jeep, you may want a little help comparing the differences between your options. Each model has its own benefits, but in this comparison of the 2017 Jeep Cherokee vs the 2017 Jeep Compass, we'll dive into what sets the two apart from one another.

Generally speaking, the Cherokee is going to be the larger of the two options, both in size and in power. It's capable of pumping out up to 271 horsepower through its available 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine. That being said, if you prefer to lean toward better efficiency than more power, the Compass is what you want thanks to its superior 23 mpg city.

In terms of cargo space, the larger Cherokee has an edge there also, providing up to 58.9 cu ft of space. The Compass isn't far behind though, with 53.6 cu ft of cargo space, so for many drivers it is more than adequate.

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2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Jeep Compass
21 city/30 hwy MPG 23 city/30 hwy
Up to 271 hp, 239 lb-ft of torque Engine Specs Up to 180 hp, 175 lb-ft of torque
Jeep Active Drive I, Active Drive II, Active Drive Lock 4x4 Systems Jeep Active Drive, Active Drive Low
Starting at $23,695 MSRP $20,995

Differences Between the 2017 Cherokee and 2017 Compass

If you're planning to take either vehicle off the beaten path, then comparing the 4x4 capabilities between the two vehicles is a must. The 2017 Cherokee offers three available 4x4 systems: Jeep Active Drive I featuring a rear axle disconnect and Selec-Terrain Traction Management, Jeep Active Drive II to add a low range and neutral mode, and Jeep Active Drive Lock that includes a mechanical rear axle lock and adds a Rock Mode to the Selec-Terrain Traction Management system. When it comes to the Compass, it offers two 4x4 systems: Jeep Active Drive, which is much like Jeep Active Drive I on the Cherokee, and Jeep Active Drive Low for a 20:1 crawl ratio and low range Trail Rated capability. Both systems also have the Select-Terrain Traction Management system.

As you can see, when trying to determine whether to buy the 2017 Jeep Cherokee or the 2017 Jeep Compass, there is no right or wrong answer. Those who want more power and more space will surely find the Cherokee suits their needs well. On the other hand, if efficiency and a more affordable price is what you're after, then the Compass is perfect. Either way, let us know which vehicle you're interested in and we'd be happy to set you up with a test drive at Parks Motors.

2017 jeep cherokee interior design
2017 jeep compass interior design