2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 Ford Escape

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The Cherokee has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Escape doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Cherokee offers optional Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Escape offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland offers optional Parksense with Rear Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Escape doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Cherokee and the Escape have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Ford Escape:

Cherokee

Escape

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

166

2417

Neck Injury Risk

37%

47%

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

106 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

241/259 lbs.

453/192 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Ford Escape:

Cherokee

Escape

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

64

110

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

264

290

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

54 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

18 inches

HIC

203

357

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

44 G’s

Hip Force

490 lbs.

707 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Jeep Cherokee has a better fatality history. The Cherokee was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 25.2% lower per vehicle registered than the Escape, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Cherokee’s reliability 12 points higher than the Escape.

Engine

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The Cherokee has more powerful engines than the Escape:

Horsepower

Cherokee 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

180 HP

Cherokee 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 HP

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

Escape Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl. is faster than the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl.:

Cherokee

Escape

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

9.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.5 MPH

78.6 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Cherokee 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Escape Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Cherokee

Escape

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

87.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Cherokee

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Escape

FWD

2.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

1.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

Regardless of its engine, the Cherokee’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Ford only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Escape EcoBoost.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jeep Cherokee higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Ford Escape (3 to 5). This means the Cherokee produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Escape every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Cherokee, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Escape.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cherokee’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Escape:

Cherokee

Escape

Escape EcoBoost

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

The Cherokee stops much shorter than the Escape:

Cherokee

Escape

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Escape (245/65R17 vs. 235/55R17).

The Cherokee has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Escape doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Escape, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cherokee’s wheelbase is .6 inches longer than on the Escape (106.5 inches vs. 105.9 inches). The Cherokee Trailhawk’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Escape (107.1 feet vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cherokee is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Escape.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Escape SE (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Cherokee’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Escape’s (37.6 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Escape’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Escape (7.9 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Cherokee Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is .9 inch higher than on the Escape (8.7 vs. 7.8 inches).

Chassis

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The Cherokee Overland offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Escape doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Cherokee Limited 4x4 is quieter than the Escape Titanium AWD (69 vs. 70 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has 4.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escape (103.5 vs. 98.7).

The Cherokee has 1.7 inches more front shoulder room and 3 inches more rear legroom than the Escape.

Cargo Capacity

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

Cherokee

Escape

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.9”/67.6”

33.6”/67”

Max Width

49.2”

45.6”

Min Width

39.4”

40.4”

Height

28.8”

34.5”

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Cherokee. The Escape doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Cherokee’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Escape’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ford Escape is only 3500 pounds. The Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Cherokee uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Escape uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Cherokee’s front power windows 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 Escape’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cherokee Overland has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Escape doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Cherokee Limited also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Cherokee’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Escape and aren’t offered on the Escape S.

Both the Cherokee and the Escape offer available heated front seats. The Cherokee Overland also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Escape.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Cherokee (except Latitude/Latitude Plus) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Escape doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the Escape because it costs $320 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cherokee than the Escape, including $652 less for a muffler, $89 less for a timing belt/chain and $378 less for a power steering pump.

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