2018 Jeep Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Escape

    By Autolist Staff | September 7, 2018

    2018 Jeep Cherokee

    2018 Ford Escape

    Automotive Website Analyzed


    79%

    Really Good

    You should buy it

    82%

    Really Good

    You should buy it

    Our User's Take

    What owners think


    100%

    Would Buy Again

    1 Ratings

    50%

    Would Buy Again

    2 Ratings

    What’s better about the 2018 Jeep Cherokee?

    Offroad abilities. This Jeep -- and practically every other Jeep on the market -- is unrivaled when it comes to off-road abilities. This includes what it can do on the road in awful weather (rain, snow, sleet). This is a boon for shoppers who live in colder climates.

    Engine power & towing. The optional engine on the Cherokee is a 271-horsepower V6 that can tow up to 4,500 pounds. Those are far more impressive than the optional Escape powertrain, which tops out at 245 horsepower and tows 3,500 pounds.

    Interior refinement. While many reviewers dinged the insides of the Ford Escape for being too cut-rate and cheap, the quality and comfort of the Cherokee’s interior wins it praise.


    What’s better about the 2018 Ford Escape?

    Interior space. The Escape promises 34 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats (and 68 cubic feet when you fold the rear seats). This easily dwarfs the Cherokee’s 24.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and its 55 cubic feet of space when the seats are folded. But at least the Cherokee promises more legroom in the rear seats.

    Transmission. While the Ford only has a six-speed automatic transmission compared to the Jeep’s nine-speed auto, the Ford’s is infinitely better in its execution and smoothness.

    Handling. The Ford Escape won a lot of praise from reviewers for its tight and responsive handling. The Jeep? Not so much. It was noted to be dull and uninspiring for daily on-road driving. Might as well have fun while you schlep the kids to soccer practice, right?


    Autolist’s take:

    The Jeep’s extra refinement and off-road abilities are nice features to have but they’re not enough to offset its smaller cargo space or plodding on-road dynamics. The Ford is what you need it to be: a spacious, practical, fun-to-drive crossover -- even if it gives up a little in the off-road department. With this comparison, we’ll follow the aggregate scoring of the Ford and Jeep reviews and say Buy the Ford.

    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Jeep Cherokee

    2018 Ford Escape

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,513
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    $1,397
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    Fuel Economy

    21 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    23 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    29 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    30 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2018 Jeep Cherokee

    2018 Ford Escape

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    4 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

    Available
    Autonomous Braking
    -
    Autonomous Braking
    Standard
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    -
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Standard
    Cross-Traffic Alert
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert

    Interior

    2018 Jeep Cherokee

    2018 Ford Escape

    Interior Features

    Available
    Leather
    -
    Leather
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Moonroof
    Standard
    Heated Seats
    Standard
    Heated Seats
    -
    Keyless Entry
    Standard
    Keyless Entry
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Technology

    -
    Apple Carplay
    Available
    Apple Carplay
    -
    Android Auto
    Available
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Available
    Navigation System
    Available
    Navigation System

    Under the Hood

    2018 Jeep Cherokee

    2018 Ford Escape

    Powertrain

    9-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    271 HP @ 6500 RPM
    Horsepower
    245 HP @ 5500 RPM
    Horsepower
    239lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
    Torque
    275lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
    Torque
    V6
    Cylinders
    I4
    Cylinders