2023 Jeep Compass vs 2023 Chevy Equinox: Which SUV is Right for You?

August 17th, 2023 by

2023 jeep compass in stock near sterling virginia

  • The 2023 Jeep Compass SUV starts at an affordable $28,400 and is in stock here at Safford Brown CDJR of Sterling, Virginia.
  • With a new turbocharged engine, the 2023 Jeep Compass is more powerful than ever before.
  • The 2023 Jeep Compass is an IIHS Top Safety Pick vehicle, unlike the Chevy Equinox.
  • The 2023 Jeep Compass is reportedly the last Jeep Compass to be fitted with an internal combustion engine.

Seen in every morning commute and mall parking lot, the Jeep Compass has been a staple SUV since its 2006 debut. Affordable and praised for its practicality and off-road capabilities, the Jeep Compass is most likely the first if not the second vehicle (next to the Wrangler) that pops into your mind when thinking of the Jeep brand.  But with great success comes great competition, this time in the form of the 2023 Chevrolet Equinox. Praised for its affordability, the humble 2023 Chevy Equinox goes head to head-with the 2023 Jeep Compass. Who will come out on top? Read on to learn more about the 2023 Jeep Compass and how it compares to the competition so that you can be better informed on your Jeep Compass purchase here at Safford Brown CDJR of Sterling, Virginia!

2023 Jeep Compass vs 2023 Chevy Equinox: Performance & Fuel Economy

The 2023 Jeep Compass comes with one robust engine option, the newly introduced 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. This peppy new engine is capable of 200 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, delivering 24 mpg city and 32 mg highway (perfect for the long commutes around Dulles, Virginia). Oh, and there are no fuel economy numbers for FWD because well, the 2023 Jeep Compass has standard AWD across all trims. Neat, huh? With 200 horses of turbocharged power and lean fuel economy, can the 2023 Chevy Equinox compete?

new turbocharged engine for 2023 jeep compass

Similarly, the 2023 Chevy Equinox comes with one engine option; a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 175 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. Regarding fuel economy, the 2023 Chevy Equinox goes 26/31 mpg in FWD, and 25/30 mpg in AWD. Although the 2023 Chevy Equinox has a smaller engine with lower performance, fuel economy still struggles to keep up with the more powerful 2023 Jeep Compass. The Chevy Equinox does have a sport appearance package that includes red “RS” badging, but the “performance” is solely cosmetic. Highly disappointing.

2023 Jeep Compass vs 2023 Chevy Equinox: Off-Road Capabilities

The 2023 Jeep Compass SUV is a Jeep vehicle and thus receives the classic off-road treatment. Standard and available Off-Road Features include:

  • Active Drive All-Wheel Drive
  • Selec-Terrain mode (snow, mud, rock, and sand mode)
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Off-Road Suspension
  • All-Season On/Off-Road Tires
  • 8.1-inch Ground Clearance
  • Skid Plate
  • and more

Whether you’re off-roading around Fairfax, Virginia, or driving in inclement weather, the 2023 Jeep Compass can handle it all.

The 2023 Chevy Equinox is clearly not an off-road capable vehicle nor is it marketed as such.  Trying to off-road the 2023 Chevy Equinox would be akin to teaching a tortoise how to swim (tortoises can’t swim). W

2023 Jeep Compass vs 2023 Chevy Equinox: Interior & Convenience Technology

2023 jeep compass cabin interior

The 2023 Jeep Compass has a max cargo capacity of 59.8 cubic feet and seats up to five passengers. Space for passengers is roomy, featuring an EPA-rated interior volume of 126.7 cubic feet. Regarding available and standard convenience features, the 2023 Jeep Compass offers:

  • Heated Power Side Mirrors
  • 10.1-inch Touchscreen with UCONNECT 5
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Two USB Ports + 12-volt Outlet
  • Keyless Entry with FOB
  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • One Touch Front Power Windows
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Hands-Free Power Liftgate
  • Voice Activated Commands + Text
  • and more.

The 2023 Chevy Equinox features around 4 cubic feet of extra cargo space over the Compass, offering 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space, and an EPA interior volume of 103.5 cubic feet. In other words, the Chevy Equinox can fit 4 cubic feet of cargo over the Compass, but passengers on the Compass will be much more comfortable.

Regarding standard and available convenience features, the 2023 Chevy Equinox offers:

  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Heated Mirror
  • Power Liftgate
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • 8-inch Infotainment
  • 120-volt outlet
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

2023 Jeep Compass vs 2023 Chevy Equinox: Concluding Thoughts

The 2023 Jeep Compass is the better vehicle in terms of value, performance, technology, capabilities, convenience, and so much more. The 2023 Chevy Equinox starts at $26,600, around $2k less than the Jeep Compass. But is $2,000 really worth owning a lesser vehicle? At the end of the day, it’s your choice, but personally, the 2023 Jeep Compass is so much more worth it. Intrigued? Great! We have plenty of 2023 Jeep Compass in stock here at Safford Brown CDJR of Sterling, Virginia. Also, take advantage of our Monthly CDJR Deals for the latest deals and offers for our Safford Brown CDJR of Sterling, Virginia location!

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