2020 Ford Escape vs Jeep Cherokee
Let’s not beat around the proverbial bush. If you want to go off-roading in the Sandhills of North Carolina, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee is your best bet. For virtually everything else, the 2020 Ford Escape beats out the Cherokee. We’ll show you what we mean in this comparison guide between these two compact sport utility vehicles.
Reliability: 2020 Ford Escape
For starters, the 2020 Ford Escape is more reliable than the Jeep Cherokee. That fact isn’t too surprising. With complicated systems come more problems. More importantly, the amazing part is how good the Ford Escape’s numbers are. The 2020 Ford Escape earned a whopping 4.5 out of 5 reliability rating from JD Power and Associates. That’s well above the auto industry standard score of 3 out of 5. There are very few vehicles that do so well. By comparison, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee received only a 2.5 out of 5 rating.
Fuel Economy: 2020 Ford Escape
Another thing to look out for when driving a Jeep Cherokee is your fuel tank. While the 2020 Ford Escape does well for its class, getting 27 city miles and 33 highway miles per gallon, the 2020 Cherokee ranks near the bottom with just 22 city and 31 highway miles per gallon. That’s a bit below class average and well behind the Escape’s numbers.
Cargo Capacity: 2020 Ford Escape
For being an off-roader, there’s not much room to stash your gear. The 2020 Ford Escape offers 37.5 cubic feet of storage space with all the seats in use and 65.4 cubes with the back seat folded down. Meanwhile, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee affords substantially less: 25.8 cubic feet at first that expands to 54.7 cubic feet.
And in case you’re wondering what that means for passenger room, the 2020 Ford Escape gives you more head-, leg-, and even hip room than the Cherokee--both along the front row and in the back. The Escape just has more room to stretch.
Price: 2020 Ford Escape
Despite the Escape having plenty of advantages, this 2020 Ford model is still more affordable than the Jeep Cherokee. As we said before, the Cherokee is great for off-roading and towing, but really can’t compete with the all-around versatility of the 2020 Ford Escape. Overall, the Escape is the better compact SUV to drive the streets of Fayetteville.