Jeep Cherokee vs Ford Escape

Whether it’s scaling Upstate New York’s mountain passes or maneuvering through rush hour traffic, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee handles even the most extreme road conditions with precision and confidence. The Cherokee’s energetic driving dynamics and potent engine lineup offer unbridled horsepower through Sodus, Webster, and Wayne County, while its spacious five-passenger cabin boasts impressive luxury features for premium comfort. Read more about the Cherokee with our 2016 Jeep Cherokee review here.

If you’re considering a Jeep Cherokee, you’re probably wondering how its design compares to its competitors. That’s why we broke down its features against the Ford Escape in our side-by-side comparison below. Keep reading to learn more.

2016 Jeep Cherokee Overview

Sporting Jeep’s signature front grille and a bold exterior silhouette, the 2016 Cherokee’s aerodynamic design is always ready for adventure. Innovative engineering beneath its hood maximizes the Cherokee’s fuel economy, while three available 4X4 systems provide a rugged yet refined performance wherever the road leads.

The 2016 Cherokee comes in four versatile trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and the Trail Rated® Trailhawk. Each has a standard 184-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and a four-wheel independent suspension for smooth handling and superb passenger comfort. Together, the Cherokee’s engine and transmission get an EPA-estimated 22 city/31 highway mpg for an efficient yet powerful ride through Sodus, Webster, and Wayne County.

If you prefer a more authoritative engine, the Jeep Cherokee offers a 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V6 that commands attention both on the freeway and off-road terrain. Combine the Cherokee’s V6 with its available Selec-Terrain® traction control system and you’re in for a balanced, controlled ride on snow, sand, mud, rock, and beyond.

2016 Ford Escape Overview

The 2016 Ford Escape is offered in three trim levels-S, SE, and Titanium-which have standard front-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a four-cylinder engine for a predictable, though somewhat firm ride quality around Wayne County.

Though the Ford Escape is about the same size as the Jeep Cherokee, its interior lacks room for cargo and may feel tight for adult occupants. The Jeep Cherokee, on the other hand, is spacious and comfortable, with plenty of room to stretch out after extended road trips or off-road excursions. Additionally, the seats in the Escape may be too rigid for some, especially with its meager legroom.

The Ford Escape’s EPA-estimated fuel economy rating is comparable to the 2016 Jeep Cherokee’s. Though it’s engineered for on- and off-road conditions, the Cherokee is more capable in its handling on adverse road conditions or during inclement weather.

Test Drive a 2016 Jeep Cherokee at Peake

The 2016 Ford Escape offers a compliant ride, but the 2016 Jeep Cherokee offers more off-road versatility and capability for drivers in Sodus, Webster, and Wayne County. It also comes with a more comfortable interior that boasts world-class craftsmanship and attention to detail around every corner.

If you’re shopping for a small SUV, stop by Peake Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT in Sodus to test drive a 2016 Jeep Cherokee today!