Choosing between the 2020 Ford Escape and Jeep Cherokee can be tough, especially because both compact crossovers are known for their rugged capabilities and modern cruising comfort. But Jarrett Scott Ford’s comparison guide is here to help you make an informed choice! Read on to discover more about each model.
Cutting-Edge Design: 2020 Ford Escape
The Ford Escape has been fully redesigned for the 2020 model year to offer modern drivers more of what they want in a family hauler. In addition to improved power and acceleration, this overhauled Escape also offers a new take on hybrid performance. Besides innovations in performance, the new Escape also puts a modern spin on comfort and convenience, with features like sliding second-row seats and standard safety aids to keep you company.
The Jeep Cherokee was last redesigned for the 2014 model year, so it’s been a while since its last big overhaul. Jeep’s compact crossover might not be as flashy when it comes to design and standard safety equipment, but it’s long been known for its strong, smooth performance and easy-to-use touch-screen infotainment system, Uconnect.
Best Daily Driver: 2020 Ford Escape
When it comes to everyday comfort and security, the Escape has the edge. Ford’s compact crossover alerts you to potential danger with a long list of standard safety aids, including lane-keeping assist and pre-collision detection with automatic emergency braking. And, thanks to its five driving modes (Normal, Eco, Spot, Slippery, and Snow and Sand), the Escape feels at home just about anywhere.
The Jeep Cherokee isn’t too far behind in this category. Like the Escape, it offers all-wheel drive, performance gear that helps you keep your grip on slippery roads and off-road trails. However, in spite of the Cherokee’s impressive power, the transmission can feel a little sluggish, especially when you want it to downshift.
Efficient Power: 2020 Ford Escape
Of the pair, the Escape is the thriftier ride. If you opt for the hybrid powertrain, this crossover can earn up to 41 mpg combined (44 city/37 highway mpg). If you prefer straight gasoline power, the Escape is still pretty efficient, earning up to 30 mpg combined (27/33 mpg).
Unfortunately, the Cherokee could use an update in the efficiency department. In its thriftiest form, this Jeep earns 26 mpg combined (23/31 mpg).
Off-Road Adventure: 2020 Jeep Cherokee
In the compact crossover segment, the Cherokee offers best-in-class off-roading capabilities. That’s especially true if you select the Cherokee Trailhawk, a trim model that comes standard with advanced all-wheel drive, all-terrain tires, a locking rear differential, and more. The Cherokee Trailhawk is perhaps the only compact crossover that’s equally equipped to handle a city commute and an off-road adventure. If you’ve got big toys at home, you’ll also be happy to know that, with the proper equipment, the Cherokee can tow up to 4,500 pounds.
Equipped with all-wheel drive, the 2020 Ford Escape is pretty handy on light trails. However, it doesn’t offer a special trim model that’s loaded with off-road goodies. Still, the Escape can also tow a fair-sized boat, with tow ratings of up to 3,500 pounds.
In the end, it’s the 2020 Ford Escape that’s won us over with its quick, sturdy performance and newly redesigned cabin. It’s the compact crossover that treats you to the most refined daily drive. And it’s also the model that delivers the most in standard safety aids, features that, if needed, can prove priceless.