Comparison: 2018 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2018 Ford Escape

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The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is a best seller in Newton, and it's easy to see why. The combination of off-road capabilities, high-tech features, and style make it an easy sell. We understand that you have to do your research and shop around before buying a vehicle, but we try to help speed the process.

Check out our comparison of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 Ford Escape. Then be sure to come to visit us in Newton and test drive the 2018 Jeep Cherokee.


Jeep Cherokee

There are two engine options available for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee. The base is a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine which produces 184 horsepower with 171 lb-ft of torque. For those wanting a little more power, every model can be upgraded with a 3.2-liter V6 engine producing 271 horsepower with 239 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive comes standard on each engine but can be upgraded to 4WD with Active Drive. Both feature a 9-speed automatic transmission.

EPA estimates have both the front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models getting 21 MPG city with the front-wheel getting 30 MPG highway and the four-wheel drive models getting 28 MPG highway.

Ford Escape

The 2018 Escape has three engine options. The base model features a 2.5-liter inline 4 producing 168 horsepower with 170 lb-ft of torque, 16 less horsepower than the Cherokee. This model comes with front-wheel drive. The second engine features a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 that produces 179 horsepower with 177 lb-ft of torque. While this comes standard with FWD, it has an available all-wheel drive option. The third engine is the 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4 that produces 245 horsepower with 247 lb-ft of torque, 26 less horsepower than the Cherokee. This comes standard with all-wheel drive.

The base model, according to EPA estimates, gets 21 MPG city and 29 MPG highway, compared the Cherokees 21 MPG City and 30 MPG highway. EPA estimates for the second engine, the 1.5-liter turbocharged FWD, sees an increase to 23 MPG city and 30 MPG highway. The same engine with AWD gets 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway. The EPA estimates for the third engine, the 2.0 liter turbocharged, sees 21 MPG city and 28 MPG highway. The AWD takes away for MPG slightly, sporting 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. 

Safety and Tech

Jeep Cherokee

The 2018 Cherokee has a multitude of features designed to maximize safety. This includes All-Speed Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, an Enhanced Accident Response System, Hill Descent Control, and the ParkView Rear Backup Camera. On top of that, the 2018 Cherokee has more to offer, including a Full Speed Collision Warning system with Crash Mitigation, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, ParkSense Rear Park Assist System, Remote Start System, and the always present security alarm.

Ford Escape

The 2018 Ford Escape has an SOS Post-Crash Alert System, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control. Driver assistance tech is available for the 2018 Ford Escape as well. This includes adaptive cruise control, a collision warning system with brake support, Blind Spot information system - including Cross-Traffic Alert and Reverse Sensing System. 


Jeep Cherokee

Starting at $24,395

Ford Escape

Starting at $25,440

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