The advantage and genius of the small crossover class is that these engaging SUVs are able to serve multiple individual and family needs. Still, some vehicles are more versatile than others. While both of the crossover SUVs in this 2016 Jeep Cherokee vs 2016 Chevy Equinox comparison can deliver top quality service on the daily commute, drivers with a spirit of adventure should be draw to the Jeep. Both of these are good vehicles, but the 2016 Jeep Cherokee excels in towing potential, off-road excellence, and may other features.
These crossovers both come standard with a four-cylinder engine, and are available with a V6 option. The 3.2-liter V6 available on the 2016 Jeep Cherokee offers 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque. While the 3.6-liter V6 option on the 2016 Chevy Equinox offers more power, the Jeep Cherokee can still tow some 1,000 pounds more. That means that families that want to be able to bring a trailer or a boat on vacation are better off with the capability available on the 2016 Cherokee. The interior of the Jeep also offers generous leg room, and features 24,6 additional cubic feet of space for luggage behind the rear seats.
All-Wheel Drive on the 2016 Jeep Cherokee
Another advantage that the 2016 Jeep Cherokee has when it comes to off-roading, adventure, and even all-weather driving safety is its variety of all-wheel drive options. The 2016 Chevy Equinox is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive on all models. The Cherokee however offers a choice between front-wheel drive, and two all-wheel drive systems. The Active Drive I system features a Selec-Terrain features that allows drivers to optimize how power is distributed to the wheels. This is the more standard, traction-enhancing option. The Active Drive II all-wheel drive is geared for off-road enthusiasts and includes a "Rock" mode, low-range gearing, and a locking rear differential. In this 2016 Jeep Cherokee vs 2016 Chevy Equinox comparison, the Jeep clearly pulls ahead in off-roading options.
The 2016 Jeep Cherokee can also excel when it comes to technology. It is available with an 8.4-inch infotainment system that offers significantly more touchscreen-responsive space than the 7-inch touchscreen on the 2016 Chevy Silverado. Features like air conditioning, cruise control, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity come standard on the 2016 Jeep Cherokee. For more information on this comparison, or to schedule your 2016 Jeep Cherokee test drive today, contact a member of our Fury Jeep Stillwater team at 888-722-0918.