2016 SUV Comparison: Jeep Cherokee and Ford Escape

May 21st, 2016 by


Sales of light trucks and SUVs have been on the rise in the last few months. This growing trend is attributed to the increase in the average fuel economy of new vehicles and the decrease in gas prices. Two similarly priced SUVs that are currently available on the market are the 2016 Ford Escape and 2016 Jeep Cherokee. Below is a review comparing both of the most basic trim configurations for each SUV model — the Jeep Cherokee Sport and the Ford Escape.

Engine and Fuel Economy

Though Jeep Cherokee Sport has a marginally smaller engine, it is able to produce more horsepower and it also has a slightly better fuel economy. The 2016 Jeep Cherokee Sport has a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, 184-horsepower engine paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 2016 Ford Escape S is equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission that generates 168 horsepower. The Cherokee Sport has an average fuel economy of 22 MPG in the city and 31 MPG when on the highway. The Escape S receives an average of 21 MPG in the city and 29 MPG when on the highway.

Drivetrain and Towing

In their most basic configurations, the Cherokee Sport and Escape S come standard with two-wheel drive that is powered through the vehicle’s front wheels. Both vehicles can be upgraded with four-wheel-drive capabilities. The Cherokee has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds and the Ford Escape has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.

Interior and Exterior

Both the Cherokee and the Escape offer many of the same standard features like cloth seating USB ports, an auxiliary jack and steering wheel controls. While both vehicles are fitted with modern convenience features, the specific features do differ.  

The Cherokee Sport features a 5.0-inch touchscreen display located in the SUV’s dashboard. The Cherokee features 5.0 UConnect system, which has Bluetooth streaming, voice command and a hands-free texting capability. The Altima also has a variety of safety features that helped make it a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The Ford Escape has a rearview camera that displays on the car’s dashboard display. The Focus is equipped with SYNC, Ford’s entertainment system that includes a voice-activated communications and entertainment system, so drivers can easily control media options while keeping their hands on the road.

Price and Warranty

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee starts at $23,495 and the Ford Escape S is priced at $23,600. Both Jeep and Ford offer the same standard 3-year or 36,000 mile basic limited warranty and 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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