The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2021 Chevy Equinox are two SUVs often compared to one another. When it comes to performance, off-roading abilities, and interior, which SUV is better? Thompson Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Harford County has put together this comparison to answer that question for interested drivers near the Edgewood, Bel Air, and Aberdeen, MD, areas.   

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Chevy Equinox: Performance

 The Jeep Grand Cherokee has four engines to choose from across ten trims. These engines are:

·  Standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine with 295 horsepower and EPA-estimated 19 city/26 highway MPG

·  Available 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine provides up to 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque

·  Available 6.4L SRT® V8 engine with 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque

·  Available on the Cherokee Trackhawk®, a Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine with 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque

The Chevy Equinox only has one engine option: a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine produces just 170 horsepower. The Chevy Equinox's engine is significantly less powerful than all four of the Jeep Grand Cherokee engines. Additionally, with four engines, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is also more customizable than the Chevy Equinox.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Chevy Equinox: Off-Roading Capability

 The Jeep Grand Cherokee has several different systems that make off-roading not only a blast but also a breeze. The available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System is one that does just that. When hitting the trails, adjust the Cherokee's traction settings based on the type of terrain you encounter with four selectable modes: auto, snow, sport, and sand/mud.

Another feature for off-roading is the available Quadra-Drive® II with rear electronic limited slip differential is a full-time 4x4 system so it's always active. It is our most advanced 4x4 system and delivers superior all-weather capability by transferring up to 100% of available torque to a single rear wheel if needed. 

The 2021 Chevy Equinox does not have a lot of off-roading capabilities. The Equinox has StabiliTrak, an electronic stability control system with traffic control that adjusts the brakes and engine torque to help you stay in control. StabiliTrak also increases traction but does not provide the same benefits as the Grand Cherokee's Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System. 

Interiors: Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Chevy Equinox

Whether you're hitting the trails or heading out on a road trip, having space for all your gear, luggage, and passengers is a must. The Jeep Grand Cherokee's total cargo space is 68.3 cubic feet, compared to the Equinox's 63.9 cubic feet, meaning you'll have more space to bring your things along.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has room for everyone and everything you could need. For your taller passengers, the legroom in the first row is 40.3 inches. The second row has 56.2 inches worth of hip room.

The Chevy Equinox is a bit smaller when it comes to passenger space. The front legroom in the SUV comes to 40.9 inches. The space differences between the two vehicles become more obvious when looking at the back rows. The Equinox's back seat only has 51.7 inches of hip room.

If you want an SUV that emphasizes comfort and cargo space, the Grand Cherokee is the better choice.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Or 2021 Chevy Equinox: Which Comes Out On Top?

When comparing the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2021 Chevy Equinox, the Jeep Grand Cherokee comes out on top. The Grand Cherokee has more interior space, higher performance engines, and better off-roading capabilities than the Chevy Equinox.

We at Thompson Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Harford County look forward to seeing you here for a Jeep Grand Cherokee test drive near Edgewood, Bel Air, and Aberdeen. Take a test drive today!

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