Jeep Cherokee vs Ford Escape

Are you looking for an SUV that combines power with grace, control, and comfort? Which vehicle will go the distance—the 2020 Jeep Cherokee or the 2020 Ford Escape?

University CDJR is ready to lend a hand to car shoppers near Hamilton, Madison, and Smyrna, NY. We compared the two vehicles, and now we want to share our discoveries. Keep reading for the head-to-head comparison of the Cherokee vs. Escape.

Cherokee vs. Escape Performance

A good engine is the core of any car. The available 2.0L engine makes the Jeep Cherokee a guaranteed powerhouse right off the bat. Effortless acceleration is the name of the game with its 270 horsepower, and heavy lifting comes easily as well with 295 lb-ft of torque. In contrast, the most powerful engine for the Ford Escape generates only 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.

For peak control over your SUV’s performance, you’ll want your engine paired with a versatile transmission. The standard 9-speed transmission on the Cherokee is well prepared for terrain changes—bring on the hills! An 8-speed transmission is standard on the Escape.

When you have gear to haul or a summer of camping trips in mind, towing capability is key. The Ford Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. The Jeep Cherokee is prepared to carry a utility trailer with its 4,500 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped.

Leaving the Beaten Path: All-Terrain Features

These small SUVs can take on big adventures. Both the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and the 2020 Ford Escape provide four driving modes that tailor traction and steering to suit specific terrain. Use the standard Selec-Terrain® traction management system to swap out Auto mode for Snow, Sport, or Sand/Mud mode as you travel in the Cherokee.

Drivers who prefer the added control of 4-wheel drive will find it available with the Escape and the Cherokee. The Jeep Cherokee has more options, with three distinct 4X4 systems to choose from. When you drive with available Jeep Active Drive II, the road is only the beginning—it has the Trail Rated® badge certifying its ability and adds Rock mode to the terrain options.

Interiors: Jeep Cherokee vs Ford Escape

While the outside of your SUV weathers the great outdoors, your vehicle keeps you comfortable and secure inside the cabin. Settle into available heated seating in the 2020 Cherokee or the 2020 Escape, but only the Cherokee has available ventilated front seats to keep you cool.

On long car trips, a little extra personal space can make your day. The maximum passenger interior volume for the Ford Escape is 104 cubic feet, while some trims of the Jeep Cherokee have 128 cubic feet.

With a grand total of ten trims, the Jeep Cherokee has something for everyone. Many of those layouts involve options for seating, climate control, and other convenience features. Your options are halved in the 2020 Ford Escape, which offers five trims.

Test Drive Your SUV Today

Whether you’re towing, off-roading, or just getting comfy, the choice for drivers near Hamilton, Madison, and Smyrna, NY is clear. In a faceoff between Jeep Cherokee vs. Ford Escape, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee leads the pack.

Make a call to University CDJR today if you’d like to learn more about this indominable vehicle. A Jeep Cherokee test drive could be in your immediate future.

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