2018 Jeep Cherokee vs Ford Escape Augusta GA


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2018 Jeep Cherokee


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9-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Combined fuel economy

25 mpg

24 mpg

2018 Jeep Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Escape near Augusta, GA

The small crossover SUV segment is filled to the brim with stiff competition. Two models that seem to stand above the others include the 2018 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 Ford Escape. The Jeep Cherokee keeps many of its features from previous model years, but adds a new trim level, the Latitude Plus. More equipment is being added to trim models that have been included with the Cherokee in the past, the Trailhawk and the Limited. The Ford Escape is adding a new trim level, the SEL, and has made their turbocharged 2.0-liter engine only available with the highest trim level, the Titanium. The Cherokee continues to show off its off-roading prowess, and its on-the-road comforts.

2018 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

The Jeep Cherokee comes with two engine options. The first is the standard Tigershark 2.4-liter inline-4, which can produce 171 pound-feet of torque and 184 horsepower. The second engine available is the 3.2-liter V6, which can create 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque. Both of these engines work with a nine-speed automatic transmission. You can also find these engines with either FWD or 4WD. There are many different 4WD options. These options include Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II, and Jeep Active Drive Lock. The inline-4 engine can tow up to 2,000 pounds, and the V6 engine can tow up to 4,500 pounds. The inline-4 engine, with FWD, will get you 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The V6 engine with FWD will get you 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

2018 Ford Escape Power & Handling

The Ford Escape comes with three engine options, however, there is no V6 engine available. The first engine is the 2.5-liter inline-4, that produces 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The second is a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-4, that generates 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The final engine option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that can produce 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. All of these engines work with just a six-speed automatic transmission.The lower models have FWD, while higher models give you either FWD, or the optional AWD. The most this small crossover SUV can tow is 3,500 pounds.

2018 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

There are five unique and exciting trims offered with the Jeep Cherokee. The base trim is the Latitude, and this trim will give you a folding front passenger seat, a storage compartment inside the passenger seat cushion, a six-speaker audio system, height-adjustable front seats, 17-inch wheels, a 5-inch touchscreen interface, reclining and sliding rear seats with 60/40-split folding seat backs, a USB charge-only port, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. A more mid-level option is the Latitude Plus, which offers a 115-volt outlet, keyless ignition and entry, a power driver seat, an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather inserts in the upholstery, ambient interior lighting, and a power driver seat. The highest offering is the Overland, giving you driver-seat memory functions, HD radio, unique body-color exterior trim, upgraded leather upholstery, a nine-speaker audio system, sound-deadening front windows and windshield, cornering lights, and ventilated front seats.

2018 Ford Escape Features & Design

There are four trim levels offered with the Ford Escape. The base trim, S, is pretty bare-bones, giving you air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, 17-inch steel wheels, cruise control, and a six-speaker sound system. This trim is aimed more towards businesses, and you probably will not find it at your local dealership. The SEL trim offers leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, power-adjustable side mirrors with heating, and a Sync 3 tech interface. The highest offering is the Titanium, giving you keyless entry and ignition, 18-inch wheels, driver-seat memory setting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, a hands-free power liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, and a ten-speaker Sony audio system. Many other features can be added, however, they are hidden behind package options.


While the small crossover SUV segment is certainly a competitive one, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee stands out from its competition. With powerful engine offerings, feature-heavy trim levels, and the classic Jeep styling–the 2018 Ford Escape just can’t keep up. If you’re interested in learning more about the Jeep Cherokee, stop by our dealership today, or call us!

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