Planet’s Executive Summary
Both are designated as “compact crossovers.” Built on car platforms (rather than truck frames) they offer compliant handling with light off-road capability. Jeep offers more rugged off-road and towing performance, and offers a hard core Trailhawk edition for more serious rock hopping. Descended from the Focus, Escape offers zippier handling.
Both are available with front wheel drive or four wheel drive. (Here we compared the 4WD versions).
Both have standard 3 year, 36,000 mile comprehensive warranty; Ford’s powertrain is only 5/60 compared to Jeep’s 5/100.
It’s hard to beat a Jeep sport utility vehicle; they’ve been building them since World War II. It’s just cool to drive a Jeep. Ford is better known for Mustangs and pickups.
Cherokee is a little bigger, especially front-to-rear:
Escape has slightly more volume.
Cherokee is roomier inside for people.
Both ride high enough for winter conditions and moderate off road driving.
For serious rock hopping, Jeep offers Trailhawk model with 8.7 inches.
Standard Engine and acceleration
Ford uses turbocharger to generate significant power from smaller engine, but acceleration lags Cherokee. Turbocharged engines are more reliable than they used to be, but typically have higher maintenance and repair costs than normally aspirated engines.
0-60mph: 9.3 seconds
0-60mph: 8.8 seconds
In exchange for less performance, Escape offers better gas mileage.
Need some extra go-go?
2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder with six speed automatic transmission
3.2 liter V6 with nine speed automatic transmission
Escape’s narrower rear windows and short rear window create blind spots compared to clear glass in Cherokee.
Huge Power Moonroof
Both offer optional panoramic power moonroofs. Both have two pieces of glass connected by a bar in the middle.
1.6 L engine: 2,000 lbs
2.0 L engine: 2,000 lbs
2.4L engine: 2,000 lbs
3.2L engine: 4,000 lbs
Purchase and Ownership Experience
You can buy a new Cherokee at Planet, but not a new Ford.
Price Comparably equipped