2018 Jeep Cherokee vs Ford Escape

This review looks at the models of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Escape. The Ford Escape may have a lower price point than the Jeep Cherokee; however, the Jeep Cherokee offers more in power, gratification and serviceability.

Each can seat up to five people with plenty of room to spare for cargo making it a great vehicle for the busy family suitable for city driving and outdoor adventures. For drivers in the Penn Yan, Geneva, Watkins Glen, Hammondsport areas, come take a closer look at some of the key differences between the two vehicles.

Engine and Drivetrain

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee offers two engines: an efficient standard 2.4L Tigershark 4-cylinder engine with a 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque and an optional 3.2L Pentastar V6 engine sporting 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are connected with a nine-speed automatic transmission for either the Front Wheel Drive or 4-Wheel Drive (4WD).  For the 4WD systems, you can choose between Active Drive I or Active Drive II; the Active Drive Lock is reserved for the Jeep Trailhawk.

In contrast, the 2018 Ford Escape has three engine options: the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with 168 hp, the 1.5L EcoBoost turbocharged engine with 179 hp, and the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that tops 245 hp. These three engines features engine start-stop technology and supported with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Trim Levels

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee has five trim levels. Among the standard features include a convenient folding front passenger seat with a storage compartment, height adjustable front seats and slide and reclining rear seats with 60/40 split. Higher trim levels offer options such as heated front seats, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, ventilated front seats, and driver seat memory functions.

The electronic components of the 2018 Cherokee contain a 5-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, a review camera, and a charge-only USB port. Features like the nine-speaker audio system, an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen system, a 115-volt outlet, ambient interior lighting, Amazon Alexa integration with remote start, vehicle monitoring and navigation controls are all part of the new all-new Tech Connect package.  The higher trim levels also include options for dual-zone climate control, a navigation system, sound-deadening windshield and front windows.

The 2018 Ford Escape has four trim levels and boasts standard features such as cruise control, air-conditioning, automatic headlights, and a height adjustable driver seat. The Escape does have a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a CD player and a USB port as well as a 4.2-inch central display. The higher trim levels for the Escape include a rear center armrest, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, and remote start with a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Come see Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram!

Come on down to Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram dealership and take a 2018 Jeep Cherokee for a spin. You may find that the Jeep Cherokee can handle any adventure you seek. Should you have questions about the Jeep Cherokee, please feel free to contact us or to schedule a test drive. Our team of Jeep experts will be pleased to assist you.