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Ford Escape vs. Jeep Cherokee

In their most basic guises, the Ford Escape and Jeep Cherokee seem pretty well matched. Both are likeable compact crossover SUVs that do an excellent job of delivering confident handling and everyday practicality, though it should be noted the Ford has significantly more cargo room. Both have several powertrain choices available, including base engines that feel a bit anemic. The more pavement-focused Escape pulls ahead in terms of fuel economy, however, thanks to the availability of both hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Where the two begin to really differentiate themselves though, is in terms of their potential capabilities in more rugged uses. This includes trailer towing, where the Cherokee’s rating is a healthy 4,500 pounds, a full half-ton more than the Escape. Add the Jeep’s surprisingly off-road capable Trailhawk model that will take you places the Escape just can’t—or at least shouldn’t—go, and the choices becomes a bit clearer if you’re looking for adventure versus daily-driven practicality.

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2022 Ford Escape

2022 Jeep Cherokee

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,080 - $38,465

Used Asking Price:

$22,861 - $33,995

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

49.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,112 - $41,074

Used Asking Price:

$23,145 - $34,670

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

41.7%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.8 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

6.5 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.8 / 10

Reliability:

7.7 / 10

Retained Value:

7.8 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

25 / 61
13 / 24

iSeeCars Rankings

25 / 61
13 / 24

Summary Review

The Ford Escape is a compact five-person SUV with a smooth ride and efficient engine options. The current Escape was redesigned for the 2020 model year, with new models costing an average of $29,828 and 3-year-old models averaging $20,407.

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Summary Review

The Jeep Cherokee has come a long way since its introduction in 1974. The current generation, introduced in 2014, was given an exterior update in 2019, along with some added engine options. The Cherokee is best known for its fuel economy, off-road capability, and family friendly design. New models cost an average of $32,172 and 3-year-old models average $22,989.

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Pros and Cons

  • Roomy interior
  • Sharp handling with a smooth ride
  • Wide range of powertrains

  • Cheap interior materials
  • Top trims are too pricey
  • Small front seat cushions

Pros and Cons

  • Suspension capable for both on-road and off-road use
  • Excellent infotainment touchscreen and user interface
  • Smart interior design and comfort

  • Base engines feel underpowered
  • Wind and road noise at highway speeds
  • Cargo capacity is limited compared to rivals

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

S, SE, SEL, Titanium

Trim Levels

Altitude, Latitude Lux, Trailhawk, X, Limited

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

190 foot-lbs @ 3000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.055 hp per pound

Tow/Haul Capacities:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque:

171 foot-lbs @ 4600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.050 hp per pound

Tow/Haul Capacities:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

3

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 34 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

414 / 503 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

22 / 31 / 25

Range (city/hwy):

350 / 493 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.3 inches

Rear Leg Room:

40.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56 inches

Cargo Space:

37.5 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

65.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

141.5 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

40.3 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.1 inches

Cargo Space:

25.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

54.7 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

128.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3302 lbs

Width:

85.6 inches

Height:

66.1 inches

Length:

180.5 inches

Wheelbase:

106.7 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.8 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3590 lbs

Width:

73.2 inches

Height:

65.7 inches

Length:

183.1 inches

Wheelbase:

106.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

225/65R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

P225/60R17