Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Compass

2021 Jeep Cherokee
2021 Jeep Cherokee
$27,890MSRP
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2024 Jeep Compass
2024 Jeep Compass
$25,900MSRP
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2021 Jeep Cherokee
$27,890MSRP
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2024 Jeep Compass
$25,900MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$27,890

MSRP

$25,900

Average price

$19,920

Average price

$19,797

Listings

9343

Listings

9199
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.0 out of 10

Expert reviews

6.8 out of 10
Pros
  • Impressive technology
  • Easy-to-use technology
Cons
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Underwhelming base engine
  • Not much cargo space
Pros
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Powerful engine
  • Good value in the lower trims
Cons
  • Bland exterior styling
  • Poor value in the higher trims

Reviews Summary

The KL-generation Cherokee launched as a 2014 model and almost immediately began swirling in controversy. Jeep hadn’t offered a Cherokee in the United States since the 2001 model year, when the XJ Cherokee disappeared, replaced by two generations of the Jeep Liberty.

There was great excitement for this all-new Jeep. Lots of fans were hoping for a redo of the 1984 to 2001 Jeep Cherokee that really helped to define the midsize SUV class with a unibody and legendary toughness. “The 2014 Cherokee feels planted on the road, more carlike than trucklike…” read an early review in Car and Driver. A separate review from the same publication read: “If you have eyes, you’ve noticed that this Cherokee, code-named KL, makes no design references, other than with the grille, to the iconic, rectilinear XJ Cherokee.”

But the automotive industry isn’t necessarily in the business of fueling nostalgia. It’s interested in what it can sell in great numbers in the future, not what people liked 30 years ago. And what we’ve realized over the years is that the Cherokee is really good at what it does, and it’s capable of doing a lot more than you’d expect.

Jeep sells these at a rate of 240,000 annually, in a good year. The best the Jeep Liberty it replaced ever managed was 166,883 units before dropping off the face of the Earth entirely. Clearly, Jeep knew something we didn’t when it released the Cherokee.

Reviews Summary

The 2024 Compass Sport carries over last year's major powertrain upgrade without any increase to the base price: $28,400. That's less than the littlest Jeep, the Renegade, and nearly $10,000 below the similarly-sized Cherokee. It's also cheaper than a Ford Escape and many other compact SUVs but without the bargain-bin interior of older Compass models. While upper trims get too pricey for their britches, the base-model Compass we tested provides real value in an era where new-car prices increase every few months.

Verdict: The 2024 Jeep Compass offers good tech and impressive safety features, and it arrives with a sub-$30,000 base MSRP. The Compass still lags behind some of the competition in terms of materials quality and performance. Now in its second year past a 2023 facelift, however, it’s many strides better than older iterations.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.4L 180 hp I4

Engine

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

180 hp @ 6250 rpm

Horsepower

MPG City

22

MPG City

MPG Highway

31

MPG Highway

2021 Jeep Cherokee
2021 Jeep Cherokee
$27,890MSRP
Overview
Overview
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2024 Jeep Compass
2024 Jeep Compass
$25,900MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2021 Jeep Cherokee
$27,890MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2024 Jeep Compass
$25,900MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$27,890
$25,900
Average price
$19,920
$19,797
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.4
4.2
Expert reviews

7.0 out of 10

Read full review

6.8 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Impressive technology
  • Easy-to-use technology
Cons
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Underwhelming base engine
  • Not much cargo space
Pros
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Powerful engine
  • Good value in the lower trims
Cons
  • Bland exterior styling
  • Poor value in the higher trims
Summary

The KL-generation Cherokee launched as a 2014 model and almost immediately began swirling in controversy. Jeep hadn’t offered a Cherokee in the United States since the 2001 model year, when the XJ Cherokee disappeared, replaced by two generations of the Jeep Liberty.

There was great excitement for this all-new Jeep. Lots of fans were hoping for a redo of the 1984 to 2001 Jeep Cherokee that really helped to define the midsize SUV class with a unibody and legendary toughness. “The 2014 Cherokee feels planted on the road, more carlike than trucklike…” read an early review in Car and Driver. A separate review from the same publication read: “If you have eyes, you’ve noticed that this Cherokee, code-named KL, makes no design references, other than with the grille, to the iconic, rectilinear XJ Cherokee.”

But the automotive industry isn’t necessarily in the business of fueling nostalgia. It’s interested in what it can sell in great numbers in the future, not what people liked 30 years ago. And what we’ve realized over the years is that the Cherokee is really good at what it does, and it’s capable of doing a lot more than you’d expect.

Jeep sells these at a rate of 240,000 annually, in a good year. The best the Jeep Liberty it replaced ever managed was 166,883 units before dropping off the face of the Earth entirely. Clearly, Jeep knew something we didn’t when it released the Cherokee.

The 2024 Compass Sport carries over last year's major powertrain upgrade without any increase to the base price: $28,400. That's less than the littlest Jeep, the Renegade, and nearly $10,000 below the similarly-sized Cherokee. It's also cheaper than a Ford Escape and many other compact SUVs but without the bargain-bin interior of older Compass models. While upper trims get too pricey for their britches, the base-model Compass we tested provides real value in an era where new-car prices increase every few months.

Verdict: The 2024 Jeep Compass offers good tech and impressive safety features, and it arrives with a sub-$30,000 base MSRP. The Compass still lags behind some of the competition in terms of materials quality and performance. Now in its second year past a 2023 facelift, however, it’s many strides better than older iterations.

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.4L 180 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
180 hp @ 6250 rpm
MPG City
22
MPG Highway
31
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