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Chevrolet Equinox vs. Jeep Cherokee

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Equinox

$495
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Jeep Cherokee

$513
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Above Average
The Chevrolet Equinox Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $495 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.
4
Excellent
The Jeep Cherokee Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 17th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $513 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$495
inexpensive
expensive
$513
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.39
not often
very often
0.41
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
15%
not urgent
urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (3)
4 (15)
3 (13)
2 (5)
1 (1)
The Chevrolet Equinox ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Don’t buy an equinox. Our problems started 1 year after we bought it. In and out of the shop constantly for engine problems after 10,000 miles...had to have the engine replaced at 50,000. Also...”
“Don’t buy an equinox. Our problems started 1 year after we bought it. In and out of the shop...”
5 (1)
4 (16)
3 (9)
2 (2)
1 (2)
The Jeep Cherokee ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in electrical.
“A fine car, if you take care of it, it will take care of you.”
“A fine car, if you take care of it, it will take care of you.”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Jeep Cherokee and the Chevrolet Equinox are both compact, two-row SUVs. Both of them come with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

The Cherokee scores an advantage over the Equinox when it comes to their engines. The Cherokee’s 180 standard horsepower leads the Equinox’s 170-horsepower standard engine. It happens again when comparing their optional engines, as the Cherokee offers a 271-horsepower top engine that outdoes the Equinox and its 252-horsepower option. The Equinox also offers a diesel engine option, which is useful if you have some serious towing needs.

In terms of cargo space, the Jeep Cherokee loses out to the Chevrolet Equinox. The Cherokee has a total of 54.9 cubic feet with the rear seats down. The Equinox easily bests it, with its larger 63.5 cubic feet of space.

The next clear-cut comparison is on the driving qualities of the Jeep Cherokee and the Chevrolet Equinox. The Cherokee is superior in off-road capability, while the Equinox has great on-road driving manners that compare favorably to upscale European brands.

The Cherokee is the more powerful SUV in this comparison, and also has the best off-road chops. The Equinox is the more spacious SUV here, and also excels in overall on-road driving performance. Your choice will be based on what your SUV usage profile looks like. Each one is the right tool for a specific job.