Crossover Comparison: The Jeep Cherokee Versus The Ford Escape

Since its inception in the mid-1970s, the Jeep Cherokee has defined the SUV class, even being the first vehicle to use the term "Sport Utility Vehicle" in its 1974 brochure. Throughout its decades-long lifespan, and despite its brief hiatus from production, the Jeep Cherokee has continually evolved to meet the demanding needs of drivers across the nation who require an unrelenting, reliable, spacious and capable vehicle capable of performing everything from a daily commute to tacking rough off-road trails. With the latest iteration of the Jeep Cherokee boasting a variety of innovative features and advanced technology, drivers receive an unprecedented degree of on-road comfort and off-road capability from the Jeep Cherokee lineup.

Often, when seeking a new SUV, drivers will find themselves facing a decision between the iconic Jeep Cherokee, and its formidable opponent - the Ford Escape. However, despite its marginally more affordable base price, when contrasted with the Jeep Cherokee, the Ford Escape pales in comparison with inferior performance specifications and less robust off-road capabilities, in addition to the variety of interior and technological shortcomings.

Power, Performance, and Capability

The Jeep Cherokee offers drivers a selection between three exceptional engine options. These engines are:

  • 2.4-liter Tigershark® MultiAir® 2
    • 180 Horsepower
    • 170 Pound-feet
  • 3.2-liter Pentastar® V6
    • 271 Horsepower
    • 239 pound-feet
  • 2.0-liter Turbocharged Four-Cylinder
    • 270 Horsepower
    • 295 Pound-feet
With each engine fitted with a nine-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifting and optimal power being sent to the wheels, the Jeep Cherokee offers drivers both efficiency and nimble handling with ample quantities of power for everything from exhilarating acceleration to towing power. Additionally, these three available engines offer exceptional efficiency, with the 3.2-liter Pentastar® V6 reaching 29 highway miles per gallon, and the other two available engines both reaching an impressive highway 31 miles per gallon. Further equipped with the available Jeep® Selec-Terrain® traction management system with five driver-selectable modes to optimize your vehicle's performance in a variety of road and weather conditions, and your selection of three formidable Jeep® Active Drive 4x4 systems to maximize performance both off-road and in inclement weather.

Conversely, the Ford Escape offers drivers a selection between three engines: a 2.5-liter Duratec inline four-cylinder, a 1.5-liter EcoBoost®, and 2.0-liter EcoBoost. With the standard-equipped 2.5-liter Duratec engine exerting 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet, and the most powerful option of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost® exerting 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet, the Ford Escape ultimately falls short of the Jeep Cherokee's performance in both its base and top available engine specifications. The Ford Escape comes equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, and an intelligent all-wheel drive system. Further revealing the Ford Escape's shortcomings, the engines available only match or fall short of the efficiency observed in the Jeep Cherokee - with the base model reaching 29 highway miles per gallon (equivalent to the base-equipped Cherokee), and more powerful engine options falling between one and three miles per gallon short of the Cherokee's highway mileage specifications. While sufficiently equipped to contend with various other models, the Ford Escape's lackluster performance specifications and lack of off-road prowess ultimately fails to contend with the Jeep Cherokee.

Interior, Technology, and Safety Features

The Ford Escape comes equipped with the Ford SYNC® infotainment system and accompanying FordPass™ smartphone application for additional technological implementation. Conjoining convenience and safety, the Ford Safe and Smart™ package results in impressive safety specifications for the Escape, while offering a considerable degree of technological amenities. The Ford Escape additionally offers 68 cubic feet of cargo capacity, and a panoramic Vista Roof® for additional interior comfort.

While impressive, the Ford Escape's safety, technology, and interior style ultimately cannot surpass the Jeep Cherokee. Featuring ergonomic styling and plush materials, including heated and ventilated Nappa leather options, the Jeep Cherokee offers both convenience and comfort without compromise. Equipped with your selection of one of the advanced Uconnect® systems available, drivers receive a variety of convenience features in addition to integration of Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and Sirius XM Guardian™ services. Further amended with the CommandView® dual-pane panoramic sunroof, available Alpine® premium sound system and boasting 128 cubic-feet of passenger interior volume, the Jeep Cherokee offers both ample space for your cargo, and luxurious comfort for your passengers.

While still unrated by the NHTSA, the Jeep Cherokee offers a vast array of safety and security features, both through the robust construction of the unibody, and the array of advanced sensors working to ensure optimal safety while commuting through dense traffic or navigating inclement weather. Further assisting drivers, a ParkView® rear back up camera with parking assist, and available automated parking ensures optimal convenience and safety.

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Ultimately, the Jeep Cherokee's innovative and robust construction results in its position as an ideal contender for any driver seeking the utility, performance capabilities and spacious comfort of an SUV. To learn more about the exceptional capabilities of the Jeep Cherokee, stop by La Porte Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to speak with a sales professional, or give us a call to schedule a test drive today!


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