2019 Jeep Cherokee vs Ford Escape

February 28th, 2019 by

2019 Jeep Cherokee vs Ford Escape

Jeep got its start with the military. The brand traveled the world helping soldiers get from here to there in the harshest terrain. The Jeep Cherokee has come a long way from the olden days, now boasting one of the best cabins in the business, a far cry from the barebones open cabin of days gone by. But beneath the near-luxury looks, there’s still the heart of a warrior and the off-roading chops, a lasting testament to earlier times. In this comparison guide, we compare the 2019 Jeep Cherokee to another titan in the class-the Ford Escape.

Power: 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Both the Jeep Cherokee and Ford Escape are slated to tow up to 5,000 pounds, when properly configured. But that’s just part of the story. Because when we look at raw energy output and working power, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee always wins the day. The Cherokee’s base engine is a 2.4-liter inline-4, generating 180 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. Compare that to the base engine on the Escape, a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, good for 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. If the Cherokee and Escape had very divergent dimensions, we wouldn’t be worried about a difference in horsepower and torque, but with such similarly sized models, we should see a difference.

2019 Jeep Cherokee on the Road

The best engines each model sells just shows an even wider gap. The Cherokee’s 295-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 squares off against the Escape’s similar-spec engine that only delivers 245 horsepower. True to form, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee goes zero to 60 in just 7.6 seconds. The Escape lags behind, covering the same ground in 9.2 seconds. Truly, Jeep still has it where it counts.

Off-roading: 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Every Cherokee comes with four-wheel drive along with the Selec-Terrain system that lets you choose from five settings for any number of terrains and roads. On top of that, there are three optional four-wheel-drive systems available: Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II, and Jeep Active Drive Lock. The first two are for bad and worsening road conditions while the Jeep Active Drive Lock is dedicated to off-roading, using a mechanical rear-axle lock and adding Rock mode to the Selec-Terrain system. If you’re a serious off-roader, grab the Trailhawk trim level.

2019 Jeep Cherokee Off Road

On the other hand, the Ford Escape should not be used for off-roading. We don’t recommend you try it on anything more grueling than a dirt road.

Cabin Quality: 2019 Jeep Cherokee

The biggest departure from the earliest Jeep models can be found in the Cherokee cabin. While its engines still pack a punch, the Cherokee knows how to pamper you. This near-luxury cabin has only gotten better in recent years. Two-tone color schemes, soft-touch metals, and the comfiest of seats are easy on the eyes and body.

2019 Jeep Cherokee Interior

Meanwhile, the Ford Escape has perfectly adequate to good cabin materials. The cabin is quiet and well put together. But if you’re looking for the near-luxury look of the Cherokee, you won’t find it here. Even though there’s still much to be admired, the Escape’s cabin is finally starting to show its age.

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