2017 Jeep Cherokee vs Ford Escape
Off-road excursions can certainly be a lot of fun. But they can also be a little bit hazardous if you aren’t behind the wheel of a versatile car.
The 2017 Jeep Cherokee and the 2017 Ford Escape both strive to offer plenty of performance and handling features. But which is the most capable?
To find out, Chicago, Skokie, and Park Ridge drivers can read this vehicle comparison by our team at Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CJDR).
An Aptitude for Off-Roading & Towing
Handling is of the utmost importance when you plan to veer off the beaten path. And the 2017 Jeep Cherokee is bolstered with enough handling features that it can handle almost any type of terrain.
The focal point of its handling suite is Jeep Active Drive I with the Selec-Terrain® Management System. When paired with Trailer Sway Damping, you can haul up to 4,500 pounds of gear during your next road trip.
Towing capacity is reduced dramatically in the 2017 Ford Escape. Drivers can only haul up to 1,500 pounds. While they’ll have access to a stability control system, they’ll have nothing like Selec-Terrain® to back them up on these excursions.
A Spacious Interior
Whether you’re heading out on vacation or just cruising to work, it’s important that your SUV is as spacious as it is capable. Fortunately, in the Cherokee, passengers will have a total of 103.4 cubic feet of space to work with.
Passenger volume is noticeably reduced in the Ford Escape at only 98.7 cubic feet. Passengers, particularly those in the backseat, may feel a little bit cramped on longer drives, making the Escape a poor road trip vehicle.
2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Escape: Performance Specs
Where the Jeep Cherokee really shines is in terms of performance. With the available 3.2L V6 engine equipped, drivers can generate up to 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque.
However, the addition of a 9-speed automatic transmission and Electric Start/Stop Technology moderate this output, ensuring that you can still maintain 29 highway MPG and 21 city MPG.1
Additional features like the auxiliary transmission oil cooler and engine oil cooler make sure that no matter how hard you push your Cherokee, it’ll still perform superbly.
The Escape isn’t quite as capable in terms of performance. Its lesser 2.5L 4-cylinder engine can only produce 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. And because it doesn’t feature any optimizing technologies, it only just manages to match the mileage of the competition.
Give Yourself the Performance & Power You Deserve
It’s not often that you can find an SUV whose efficiency is able to match its tremendous performance. However, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee tends to defy stereotypes. The 2017 Ford Escape, on the other hand, fails to push the bounds.
All Chicago, Skokie, and Park Ridge drivers deserve the best of the best. Contact Marino CJDR today to get behind the wheel of the Jeep Cherokee.
1. Actual mileage may vary. For more information, please visit: www.jeep.com/fuelefficiency.