Chevy Equinox Vs. Jeep Compass

By Justin Cupler | April 12th, 2019

Small crossovers come in all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Two great examples of this variation are the 2019 Chevy Equinox and 2019 Jeep Compass. Both are small crossovers with ample interior room, but one is best for on-road journeys through the Wheaton area, while the other is set up for trail bashing. Find out which is which and what one works best for your family below.

Exterior

The Chevy Equinox went through a huge redesign in 2018, bringing in a sharp, angular look that has spread throughout the crossover market. Sure, it was a little late to the party, but this new design made the Equinox look better than ever and even lighter than before. This design rolled into the 2019 Equinox unchanged.

Since its redesign in 2011, the Jeep Compass has carried a Grand Cherokee-inspired nose. In 2017, the Compass received another redesign that brought it in line with the most recent Grand Cherokee, giving it a classy outward appearance that looks dated but in a distinguished way. Helping set the Compass apart from the crowd is the higher-riding, off-road-ready Trailhawk model. This is no badge queen either, as the Compass Trailhawk has the ride height, undercarriage upgrades, and powertrain updates it needs for serious off-roading.

In terms of sizing, the Jeep Compass is significantly smaller than the Equinox, making it easier to handle in tight spots.

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Equinox 2019 Jeep Compass Difference
Length 183.1 inches 173 inches +10.1 inches
Width 72.6 inches 73.8 inches -1.2 inches
Height 65.4 inches 64.6 inches +0.8 inches
Wheelbase 107.3 inches 103.8 inches +3.5 inches
Ground Clearance 7.6 to 8 inches 7.8 to 8.5 inches -0.5 to -0.2 inches
Curb weight 3,274 to 3,682 pounds 3,184 to 3,633 pounds +49 to +90 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Equinox

  • Modern look
  • Sharp angles give it a sportier appearance

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Compass

  • Smaller and nimbler
  • Upscale Grand Cherokee-like front end
  • Rugged-looking Trailhawk model

Interior

The 2019 Chevy Equinox’s cabin is just like anyone would expect a midrange crossover to look. It features a few swoops and curves to keep things lively and slight contrasts from the dash inserts, but it is overall a simple design. In some trims, the dash gets a seat-colored insert for a little extra flair.

The 2019 Jeep Compass boasts the typical Jeep crossover interior. It is simple, uses a lot of black, and looks like it belongs in a more rugged vehicle. To help ease the sea-of-black feeling that can arise in these simple cabins, the 2019 Compass also features colored accents to break up the monotony. And if you’re looking for even more style, the Trailhawk and Limited models have plenty.

When looking at standard features, the 2019 Chevy Equinox and 2019 Jeep Compass are surprisingly similar. They both come standard with 7-inch touchscreens, Bluetooth audio streaming, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a handful of USB charging ports, and more. The same goes as you move up the trim levels, but the Compass’ Trailhawk model adds an unmatched wrinkle to the comparison.

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Equinox 2019 Jeep Compass Difference
Front headroom 40 inches 39.2 inches +0.8 inches
Front legroom 40.9 inches 41.8 inches -0.9 inches
Front shoulder room 57.2 inches 56.7 inches +0.5 inches
Front hip room 54.2 inches 54.1 inches +0.1 inches
Rear headroom 38.5 inches 38.5 inches
Rear legroom 39.7 inches 38.3 inches +1.4 inches
Rear shoulder room 55.5 inches 55.1 inches +0.4 inches
Rear hip room 51.7 inches 49.2 inches +2.5 inches
Cargo room (behind second row) 29.9 cubic feet 27.2 cubic feet +2.7 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind first row) 63.5 cubic feet 59.8 cubic feet +3.7 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Equinox

  • More interior space
  • Premium materials on the dash
  • Quieter ride

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Compass

  • Surprisingly roomy for a tiny footprint
  • Rugged-looking Trailhawk cabin

Performance

Under the skin, the 2019 Chevy Equinox has a trio of engine options, starting with a turbocharged 1.5-liter with 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. Up from there is a 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-pot. Topping the range is a thrifty 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine that delivers 240 pound-feet of torque and 39 mpg highway. Respectively, these engines sprint the Equinox to 60 mph in 9.2, 7.2, and nine seconds

 

 

The 2019 Jeep Compass has only one engine option: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. There is one variation, and that’s the Latitude and higher trims all get automatic engine stop/start to help conserve fuel. With this engine, the Compass sprints to 60 mph in a not-so-hot 9.3 seconds and has nothing more powerful to compete with the Equinox’s 2.0-liter engine.

The Compass sets itself apart from most other crossovers with its Trailhawk model that adds off-road shocks, a 1-inch-higher ride height, four-wheel drive, hill-descent control, a 20-to-1 crawl ratio, and more. This makes it a legit off-roader, while the Equinox is a soft-roader at best.

 

2019 Chevy Equinox 2019 Jeep Compass Difference
Engine 1.5-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.4-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 170 hp at 5,600 rpm 180 hp at 6,400 rpm -10 hp
Torque 203 lb-ft at 2,500 to 4,500 rpm 175 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm +28 lb-ft
Standard transmission 6-spd automatic 6-spd manual
Optional transmission
6-spd automatic (FWD)/9-speed automatic (4WD)
Driveline FWD (std.)/AWD (opt.) FWD (std.)/4WD (opt.)
0-60 time 9.2 seconds 9.3 seconds -0.1 seconds
MPG City 25 to 26 mpg 22 to 23 mpg +2 to +4 mpg
MPG Highway 30 to 32 mpg 30 to 32 mpg
MPG Combined 27 to 28 mpg 25 to 26 mpg +1 to +3 mpg
Optional engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 252 hp at 5,500 rpm
+72 hp
Torque 260 lb-ft at 2,500 to 4,500 rpm
+85 lb-ft
Transmission 9-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std.)/AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 7.2 seconds
-2.1 seconds
MPG City 22 mpg
1 to 0 mpg
MPG Highway 28 tp 29 mpg
-4 to-1 mpg
MPG Combined 24 to 25 mpg
-2 to -1 mpg
Optional engine 1.6-liter turbo-diesel 4-cyl
Horsepower 137 hp at 3,750 rpm
-43 hp
Torque 240 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm
+65 lb-ft
Transmission 6-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std.)/AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 9 seconds
-0.3 seconds
MPG City 28 mpg
+5 to +6 mpg
MPG Highway 38 to 39 mpg
+9 to +11 mpg
MPG Combined 32 mpg
+7 to +8 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Equinox

  • More power
  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Sharper handling
  • Thrifty diesel option

Advantage: 2019 Jeep Compass

  • Available manual transmission
  • Legit off-road prowess

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Equinox is available in four trim levels — L, LS, LT, and Premier — and their starting prices range from $24,995 to $32,295.

 

There are four trims in the 2019 Compass lineup — Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited — and their starting prices run from $21,845 to $29,195.

2019 Chevy Equinox Key Features and Pricing by Trim

L: $24,995

  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Auto-on/off halogen headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Heater, power mirrors
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Active grille shutters
  • Black mirror caps
  • Body-color door handles
  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Active noise cancelation
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Power windows with one-touch down
  • Single-zone manual climate control
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Four-way manual front seats
  • 60/40 fold-flat rear seat
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Three-spoke deluxe steering wheel
  • 3.5-inch monochromatic driver information center
  • Carpeted front floor mats
  • Power door locks
  • Remote panic alarm
  • Keyless unlock
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Four USB ports
  • OnStar
  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver

 

LS: $27,095

  • All L features, plus
  • Compact spare tire
  • Carpeted rear floor mats
  • Compass

 

LT: $28,395

  • All LE features, plus
  • HID headlights
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Roof rack provisions
  • SiriusXM
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Rear seat release levers
  • 4.2-inch multicolor driver-information center

 

Premier: $32,295

  • All LT features, plus
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • 18-inch bright aluminum wheels
  • LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Fog lights
  • Chrome mirror caps
  • Chrome roof-mounted luggage rack
  • Remote ignition
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Universal home remote
  • Heated front seats
  • Two-position memory for the driver’s seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 8-inch HD touchscreen
  • USB ports inside the center console
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 120-volt power outlet behind the center console
  • HD rearview camera
  • Lane-change alert with blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors

2019 Jeep Compass Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Sport: $21,845

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Electric parking brake
  • Normal-duty suspension
  • Black outside door handles
  • Gloss black grille surround
  • Chrome grille slot surrounds
  • Quad-halogen headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Black folding, power, heated mirrors
  • Black roof rails
  • 16-inch black-painted steel wheels
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down in front
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless ignition
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Anodized silver accents on speaker bezels, shifter boot, steering wheel, and gauge cluster
  • Black radio bezel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Four cargo tie-down loops
  • Cargo area light
  • Height-adjustable load floor
  • Full-length floor console with sliding armrest
  • 3.5-inch black-and-white driver information center
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Map lights
  • Silver shift knob
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Black cloth seating with contrast stitching
  • Six-way manual front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat with center armrest
  • Rear heat ducts
  • Uconnect 4 infotainment system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • One USB in the center stack and one behind the center console
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rearview camera with active guidelines
  • Trailer-sway control

 

Latitude: $25,095

  • All Sport features, plus
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Automatic engine stop/start
  • 17-inch Tech Silver wheels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Cornering lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Black roof rails
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Illuminates vanity mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Premium leatherette seating with hex pattern and cloth insert
  • SiriusXM
  • Proximity key

 

Trailhawk: $29,195

  • All Latitude features, plus
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 20-to-1 crawl ratio
  • Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud and Rock Mode with hill-descent control
  • Off-road suspension
  • 1-inch increased ride height
  • 17-inch polished-face wheels with black pockets
  • Unique front and rear fascia
  • On- and off-road tires
  • Skid plates for fuel tank, transfer case, transmission, and front suspension
  • Red rear tow hooks
  • Signature red accents
  • Trail Rated badge
  • Gloss black grille surround with neutral grey slot surrounds
  • Black hood decal
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Neutral gray mirror caps
  • Black roof
  • Neutral gray roof rails
  • Full-size spare tire
  • Ruby red speaker bezels, shift boot accent ring, and cluster trim
  • K-Black radio bezel, outer vent bezels, and center console ring
  • Illuminated front cup holders
  • 7-inch LCD cluster display
  • Rubber all-season floor mats
  • Black luxury leather upholstery with cloth seat inserts
  • Ruby red accent stitching
  • Embroidered Trailhawk logo on seats
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Hill-descent control

 

Limited: $28,195

  • All Latitude features, plus
  • Single exhaust with dual chrome tips
  • Bright chrome exterior accents
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Body-color mirrors with chrome accents
  • Chrome roof rails
  • 18-inch polished-face wheels with Tech Gray pockets
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Piano black radio bezel, outer vent bezel, and center console ring
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Luxury leather upholstery with Axis II perforated leather seat inserts
  • Embossed Jeep logo on seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Remote ignition
  • Security alarm

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Equinox?

Need a roomy crossover and don’t head too far off the pavement often? The Chevy Equinox is the best bet for you. Sure, it can handle light off-road driving, but it is most comfortable on asphalt.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Jeep Compass?

Need a crossover to haul the family but refuse to give up your weekend off-road excursions? The 2019 Jeep Compass lets you have your cake and eat it too with its great on-road demeanor and rugged, off-road-loving second personality.

Come tackle the streets of Carol Stream with a test drive of the 2019 Chevy Equinox at Sunrise Chevrolet serving the Glendale Heights and Lombard areas. Can’t make it to our Chevy showroom in Glendale Heights today? Navigate to our online showroom to see what 2019 Equinox models we have in stock and ready for our Lombard area crossover buyers. Find the Equinox that fits you best then schedule an appointment to test drive it at your convenience.

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