2018 Jeep Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Escape Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Jeep Cherokee

2018 Jeep Cherokee

Horsepower

  184 hp

Rear Leg Room

  40.3 in.


2018 Ford Escape

2018 Ford Escape

Horsepower

  168 hp

Rear Leg Room

  37.3 in.

2018 Jeep Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Escape

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The Jeep Cherokee and the Ford Escape have a lot in common. They are among the first compact crossovers, possess a high level of off-road capability, and are perennial best-sellers. For 2018, their manufacturers don’t tinker too much with their winning formula as they continue their respective production cycles (fifth for the Cherokee, third for the Ford). The Cherokee, however, makes a stronger case for spending your hard-earned money based on the following:

Off-Road Capability

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee, much more so than the 2018 Ford Escape, is designed to handle just about any type of road or weather condition. Drawing from its off-roading heritage—as far back as rugged four-wheelers developed for traversing hostile terrain in World War II—the Cherokee offers you the choice between highly sophisticated four-wheel (4×4) drivetrains. Most trims go with the Jeep Active Drive I® 4×4 system, which incorporates a rear axle disconnect feature that only engages when needed. The Trailhawk®—which is designed and marketed as the most off-road-optimized trim—is the only one with Jeep Active Drive Lock®, an even more sophisticated 4×4 system that is named after its mechanical rear axle lock for boosting off-road ability, in addition to its low-speed traction and flat towing abilities. Additionally, the Trailhawk® has a greater ground clearance to keep it farther away from potentially damaging objects. Standard on all trims are the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System, which provides four driving modes (Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud) to maximize performance on various road conditions; and trailer sway control, which relies on the vehicle’s electronic stability control system to adjust the throttle and apply brake pressure for maintaining control of the combination of both vehicle and trailer.

Engine Power

The standard engine on the 2018 Jeep Cherokee is the MultiAir®, which is a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that provides 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. On the top-level Overland trim, you can swap it with the 3.2-liter Pentastar® V6, which generates 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. Each Cherokee engine is more powerful than the similar-level engines that the 2018 Ford Escape provides. On the Ford vehicle, there’s a 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 with 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, a 2.5-liter I4 with 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, and—new for the model year—a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 with 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.

Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) regards the 2018 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 Ford Escape as acceptably safe vehicles. However, the Jeep crossover surpasses the Ford one in two important aspects. While the Cherokee scored the top-level “Superior” rating in terms of front crash prevention ability, the Escape received the bottom-level “Basic” rating. And in terms of usability of the LATCH system—which is the mounting system used for securing child safety seats—the Cherokee got an “Acceptable” rating while the Escape received the lower “Marginal” rating.

Hyped to see for yourself more of what the 2018 Jeep Cherokee has to offer? We’re waiting for you at our dealership in Merrillville, Indiana. We regard customer surface with utmost importance, and we have a large collection of vehicles to ensure that you will find something that meets your needs. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our Jeep specialists.