2020 Ford Escape FHEV vs. 2020 Jeep Cherokee

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape FHEV have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jeep Cherokee doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Escape FHEV has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Escape FHEV’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape FHEV and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Escape FHEV the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cherokee has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 26 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Escape FHEV’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Escape FHEV has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 10 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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The Escape FHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 20 more horsepower (200 vs. 180) than the Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape FHEV is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 2.4L:

Escape FHEV

Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.7 MPH

80.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Escape FHEV gets better mileage than the Cherokee:

MPG

Escape FHEV

FWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

44 city/37 hwy

AWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/37 hwy

Cherokee

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

3.2 DOHC V6

20 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

Active Drive II 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Trailhawk 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

3.2 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

Active Drive II 3.2 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

Trailhawk 3.2 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Escape FHEV’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The Escape FHEV has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Escape FHEV stops shorter than the Cherokee:

Escape FHEV

Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Escape FHEV has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape FHEV SE Sport 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Escape FHEV’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (37.2 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The Escape FHEV’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Escape FHEV has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

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The Escape FHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (34.4 vs. 27.6 cubic feet). The Escape FHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (60.8 vs. 54.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape FHEV easier. The Escape FHEV’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.9 inches, while the Cherokee’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

The Escape FHEV’s cargo area is larger than the Cherokee’s in every dimension:

Escape FHEV

Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

36.7”/68.3”

33.9”/67.6”

Max Width

57.3”

49.2”

Min Width

41.4”

39.4”

Height

32.8”

28.8”

Towing

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All models of the Escape FHEV can be flat towed on all four wheels, allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Escape FHEV can be unhitched and driven around locally. Only the Cherokee 4WD can be dinghy towed and it requires equipment that is not standard.

Ergonomics

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The Escape FHEV Titanium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Escape FHEV Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Escape FHEV’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Cherokee’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Recommendations

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The Ford Escape outsold the Jeep Cherokee by 26% during 2019.

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