Comparison: 2018 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2018 Ford Escape

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The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is one of Newton’s best sellers, and it’s no wonder why. It has off-road capabilities, high-tech features, and style, but we understand that you have to do your research and shop around before buying a vehicle.

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


Jeep Cherokee

The 2018 Cherokee has two engine options. The base is a 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, and all models can be upgraded with a 3.2-liter V6 engine that makes 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come standard with front-wheel drive or optional with 4WD with Active Drive and are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.

According to EPA estimates, front-wheel drive models get up to 21 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, while four-wheel drive models get up to 21 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

Ford Escape

The 2018 Escape has three engine options. The base is a 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, with front-wheel drive. Next level up is a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, with standard FWD and available all-wheel drive. You can also choose a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 245 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque, available with AWD.

According to EPA estimates, the base powertrain gets up to 21 MPG city and 29 MPG highway. The 1.5-liter turbocharged FWD option gets 23 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, while the AWD model gets up to 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway. The 2.0 FWD gets 21 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, and the AWD model gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

Safety and Tech

Jeep Cherokee

The 2018 Cherokee is equipped with All-Speed Traction Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Electronic Stability Control, Enhanced Accident Response System, Hill Descent Control, and the ParkView Rear Backup Camera. Additionally, the 2018 Cherokee is available with Full Speed Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, ParkSense Rear Park Assist System, Remote Start System, and a security alarm.

Ford Escape

Standard safety equipment also includes a rearview camera, SecuriLock anti-theft system, SOS Post-Crash Alert System, and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control. Additionally, the 2018 Escape is available with driver assistance technology, including adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, and Reverse Sensing System.


Jeep Cherokee

Starting at $24,395

Ford Escape

Starting at $25,440

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