2020 Jeep Cherokee vs Ford Escape




Do you want to hit the Portland area roadways in a capable SUV? Then we recommend popular models like the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and Ford Escape. Drivers all around the Woodburn and Wilsonville area find a lot to love about both SUVs, but which one will be the right fit for you?

To help you decide, our team at Wilsonville CDJR compared the Cherokee and Escape on the points of powertrain and interior specs. Check out our comparison below and then contact us to test drive your favorite.

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2020 Jeep Cherokee for Sale

Jeep Cherokee vs Ford Escape: Powertrain Comparison

When we look under the hoods of the 2020 Cherokee and Escape, we see high-powered SUVs with plenty of capability. Both come with an available 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engine that gives an exciting kick, although it delivers a bit more in the Jeep Cherokee:

2020 Jeep Cherokee

2020 Ford Escape

2.0L turbocharged I-4 engine

270 horsepower

250 horsepower


9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic


Not only does the Cherokee deliver more horsepower than the Escape with its 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engine, it also provides an additional engine option: a 3.2L Pentastar® V6.

This available V6 engine gives the Jeep Cherokee a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds when properly equipped, while the Escape can only tow up to 2,000 pounds.

Aside from that, you’ll get plenty of capability, regardless of the SUV you choose to drive. Both vehicles have an available multi-terrain handling system as part of their 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive drivetrains.

The terrain select system lets you maximize on handling capabilities by allowing you to choose your setting based on the exact terrain you face. The Jeep Cherokee and Ford Escape both include settings for snow, sport, normal driving, sand, and other tough conditions.

Interior Specs

Now, let’s look inside the cabins. The 2020 Ford Escape and Jeep Cherokee interior both have two rows of seats that can accommodate up to five passengers including the driver. We noticed that passengers get a bit more wiggle room in the Cherokee, however:

  • Jeep Cherokee passenger volume: 128 cubic feet
  • Ford Escape passenger volume: 104 cubic feet

When you settle in, both SUVs help you stay connected and in-control with an available touchscreen display in the center stack.

In the Cherokee, this can be an available 8.4-inch display, and the Escape offers an available 8-inch display screen.

The available infotainment systems offer several comparable features that we love, including available Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®. These systems integrate your favorite smartphone apps with your vehicle, so you can stay connected without taking your hands off the wheel.

The Cherokee and Escape also have an available integrated navigation system for added convenience and available heated seats that’ll help you warm up and get cozy after cleaning snow off your car in the morning.

2020 Jeep Cherokee for Sale

Will You Drive the Jeep Cherokee or Ford Escape?

We hope our 2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. Ford Escape comparison was able to help you determine which of these capable SUVs is the right fit for your drives through Wilsonville, Woodburn, and Portland. If you like the Cherokee, contact our Jeep dealership and we’ll set you up with a test drive.

Contact us to test drive the Jeep Cherokee today!



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