2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Escape | Harlingen, TX

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Escape | Bert Ogden CDJR | Harlingen, TX

Are you searching for an SUV that both suits your adventurous lifestyle and helps keep your family safe and comfortable, no matter how long or short your trip? Two of the industry’s top SUV options are the 2020 Jeep® Cherokee and the 2020 Ford Escape. But which option is right for your family? When you compare the two side by side, the Cherokee shines as the clearly superior vehicle.


You can choose among three engines for the 2020 Cherokee. The 2020 Escape is available with four, but as two are hybrid, we are comparing only its two gas engine options.

The base engine in the Cherokee is a 2.4-liter Tigershark® MultiAir® 2 engine that pumps out 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Here, the Escape can keep up; its base engine, a 1.5-liter EcoBoost, also makes 180 horsepower and even pumps out 177 lb-ft of torque.

The Ford Escape’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost ups those numbers to 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. But the Jeep® Cherokee strikes back with its 3.2-liter Pentastar® V6 that produces 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque and the even more potent 2.0-liter turbo engine that cranks out 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

And, the winner is…the 2020 Jeep® Cherokee.

Exterior styling

It is not just performance that gives the Jeep® Cherokee the upper hand, though. The Cherokee is also marked by the brand’s iconic styling, from the grille to the wheels to the off-road-ready aerodynamic and muscular shapes of the SUV. The Ford Escape, though family-friendly, just can’t compete.


While there is no clear winner here, it’s worth mentioning that both the 2020 Jeep® Cherokee and the 2020 Ford Escape are safe vehicles. The Cherokee, for example, is an IIHS Top Safety Pick with technologies such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, and LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning.*


Test-drive the 2020 Jeep® Cherokee at Bert Ogden Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Harlingen, Texas.

*IIHS 2019 Top Safety Pick rating award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

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