2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Escape Baltimore MD

2020 Jeep CherokeeFeatures & Specs2020 Ford Escape
Nine-Speed Shiftable AutomaticTransmissionEight-Speed Automatic
Available on Higher TrimsVentilated Seats Not Available
Available on Higher TrimsSunroofNot Available
OptionalHeated SeatsAvailable on Higher Trims

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Escape

With SUVs being among the most popular class of vehicles in America, there are a ton of different models to choose from. Two of the best around are the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and the 2020 Ford Escape. Both of these SUVs have world-class engines, as well as a multitude of features, but there are several key differences. In this article, we are going to explore all of these differences and then declare a winner so that you can decide which SUV best for you and your family.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

Coming standard for all Jeep Cherokees is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. If this isn't enough power, the Cherokee offers you two available options. The first is a 3.2-liter V6 that pumps out 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque, and the second is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 270 horsepower and an impressive 295 lb-ft of torque. Towing numbers for the Cherokee are wonderful as the turbocharged four-cylinder can haul 4,000 pounds while the V6 pulls 4,500. All engines connect to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which provides you with smooth acceleration. Front-wheel drive is standard, but you do get a choice of three different all-wheel-drive systems depending on which trim you choose.

2020 Ford Escape Power & Handling

The first three trims of the 2020 Ford Escape come with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Power feels a bit lackluster, and we wish it felt livelier, but it will get the job done when called upon. Going with the SE Sport brings a 2.5-liter hybrid engine that pumps out 200 horsepower and never feels underpowered, but seeing as how this is a Sport trim, we were hoping for paddle shifters. By far, the best of the bunch is the 2.0-liter Ecoboost that comes with 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, which is available on the SEL and Titanium trims. All of these engines are perfectly agreeable, but none provide you with the type of horsepower and torque level that the Cherokee does.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

Several delightful features come with the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, even at the base level. Coming standard on the Latitude is 17-inch steel wheels and a 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other standard tech features include Bluetooth, three USB ports, and a display for the rearview camera. The Latitude also consists of some outstanding creature features that include air conditioning, six-way manually adjustable seats covered in durable cloth, a black-and-white digital info display between the gauges, and keyless entry. If you opt for four-wheel-drive, you also get Jeep's Selec-Terrain traction management system. Higher trim levels provide you with more available features. For example, the Limited gets you a larger Uconnect screen, leather upholstery, and power-adjustable driver and passenger seats. The luxurious Overland adds navigation, an upgraded audio system, and generally more beautiful interior trim. The last remaining trim is the off-road-ready Trailhawk, which gets you under-body skid plates, a more aggressive AWD system, and upgraded suspension.

2020 Ford Escape Features & Design

The 2020 Escape has some excellent features in its own right. Standard on the entry-level is five selectable drivers modes that account for slippery roadways as well as deep snow and sand. Also available on the base S is Ford's Co-Pilot360, which provides you with a multitude of driver-assist features, LED taillights, two USB charge ports, and a Wi-Fi Hotspot. Higher trim levels offer you more decent features such as a power liftgate, panoramic sunroof, navigation, adaptive cruise control with stop and go and parking assist. More creature comforts are also available on higher trims, including leather seats, a B&O premium sound system, chrome exhaust tips, and USB charging ports. More tech features are also available in the form of a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, as well as leather-trimmed sport contoured bucket seats.


We love both of these SUVs, but in the end, we are going to go with the 2020 Jeep Cherokee! The engines are more powerful and allow for higher towing numbers, and there are more features thanks to the multiple trim levels. Here at Thompson Jeep Chrysler RAM, we have all the latest trims of the 2020 Jeep Cherokee in stock! You can browse our complete inventory right here on our website and then head down to the dealership and take a test drive!

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