2017 Jeep Cherokee vs Ford Escape Comparison

2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Escape
2017 Jeep Cherokee 2017 Ford Escape
HORSEPOWER
  184 hp 168 hp
TRANSMISSION
  9-speed shiftable automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
FUEL ECONOMY (CITY/HWY) *
  21/30 mpg 21/30 mpg

2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Escape

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These days, the crossover market is more competitive than ever before. That’s because more customers now prefer vehicles that have the interior space and performance specs of an SUV, while enjoying the efficiency and drivability of a four-door sedan. The Jeep Cherokee and the Ford Escape are two of the more recognizable nameplates in this segment. While Ford made several updates to the Escape for the 2017 model year, Jeep was content to leave its Cherokee Jeep largely untouched. The gamble has paid off, as the Cherokee still remains superior to the Escape in certain aspects.

Off-Road Performance

Perhaps the chief attribute that puts the 2017 Cherokee over the 2017 Escape is its off-road capability. Indeed, being a vehicle primed for off-roading is what has made the Jeep brand stand out from others for the past several decades. With this edition of the Cherokee, you get the opportunity to opt for an all-wheel drivetrain (4x4). At the base level is the Jeep Active Drive I system, which includes a rear axle disconnect feature that is activated when the situation calls for it. You can upgrade to the Jeep Active Drive II system if you plan to do a lot of rock crawling or flat towing. The Jeep Active Drive Lock has the capabilities of Active Drive II, plus a mechanical rear axle lock for improved off-roading. And the Selec-Speed Crawl Control system—in addition to helping the Cherokee crawl at slow speeds (thus the name)—includes hill ascent and hill descent control so that you can go up and down steep grades with minimal driver input. Each 4x4 system mentioned comes with a Selec-Terrain traction management system for driving in virtually any type of weather or condition. Whether it’s snowing or raining, or the terrain is composed or sand or mud, the Jeep Cherokee is far more equipped than the Ford Escape to provide a safe and stable ride—especially when you are far away from civilization.

Engine Power

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee offers to powerful engines to keep the competition at bay. You will find a 2.4 L I-4 motor that produces 184 hp as standard on all but the top trim Cherokee. The top-level engine available on the 2017 Jeep Cherokee is a 3.2-liter Pentastar V6, which produces 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque offered on the Cherokee Outlander. The Ford escape also comes with two different engine options. Choose from a 2.5 L I-4 producing 168 hp or the top-level engine is the twin-scroll turbocharged 1.5 L EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder, which produces 240 hp. Both engine combination on the Cherokee are more formidable than the Escape offerings.

Interior Space

Both the 2017 Jeep Cherokee and the 2017 Ford Escape are designed as two-row vehicles that provide seating for up to five people. However, one vehicle has more interior space than the other. The Cherokee comes with 103.4 cubic feet of passenger volume, which is 4.7 more cubic feet than what the Escape supplies.


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* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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