2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2020 Ford Escape FHEV

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Safety

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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 FHEV doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Cherokee and the Escape FHEV 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Engine

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The Cherokee’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 70 more horsepower (270 vs. 200) than the Escape FHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6 produces 71 more horsepower (271 vs. 200) than the Escape FHEV’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

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

Cherokee

Escape FHEV

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.3 MPH

84.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Cherokee has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escape FHEV (15.9 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Cherokee stops shorter than the Escape FHEV:

Cherokee

Escape FHEV

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

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 FHEV (245/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

The Cherokee’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Escape FHEV’s optional 55 series tires.

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 FHEV 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 FHEV; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cherokee’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Escape FHEV doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cherokee is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Escape FHEV.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Escape FHEV SE Sport 4x4 pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Escape FHEV SE Sport 4x4 (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Cherokee (except Overland/Trailhawk) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Escape FHEV doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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 FHEV doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cherokee’s rear seats recline. The Escape FHEV’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Cherokee. The Escape FHEV 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 FHEV’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ford Escape FHEV is only 1500 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 FHEV 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 FHEV’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 FHEV 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.

Both the Cherokee and the Escape FHEV 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 FHEV.

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 FHEV doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Cherokee’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Escape FHEV doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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