2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Escape Louisville KY


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2020 Jeep Cherokee Features & Specs 2020 Ford Escape
271 hp Engine Power 181 hp
9-Speed Shiftable Automatic Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
All-wheel-drive Drivetrain Front-Wheel-Drive
Available on Higher Trims Cooled/Ventillated Seats Not Available

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Escape

When it comes to American made SUVs, it seems that Jeep and Ford have the market cornered. Both of these brands have SUVs that have powerful engines, a bevy of cutting edge features, and comfort and style that is hard to beat. In this article, we are pitting two of their signature vehicles against each other. On the left is the powerful and off-road capable 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and on the right is the 2020 Ford Escape. Read on to find out which one comes out on top.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

There are three engine options available for the 2020 Jeep Cherokee. The standard is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that puts out 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Optional for all trims is a 3.2-liter V6 with 271 horsepower or the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 270 horsepower. All engines come with a nine-speed automatic transmission that is incredibly smooth, especially when paired with the turbocharged engine or the V6. Towing for the 2020 Cherokee is impressive as the four-cylinders can haul up to 4,000 pounds, and the V6 can pull 4,500. The Cherokee also has a few all-wheel-drive systems for better traction depending on which trim you choose.

2020 Ford Escape Power & Handling

The Ford Escape also has a few engine options to consider. The first three trims come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. The engine is slow to respond, and the power seems lackluster, though Ford dropped some of the weight, which helps. The SE Sport comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 horsepower. The energy never feels lacking, but it does pale in comparison to the 271 horsepower that the Cherokee’s V6 provides. The last available engine is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost, which pumps out 250 horsepower, which is available on the SEL and Titanium trims. All engines connect to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives relatively smoothly. The Ford Escape is not recommended for towing, so if you’re looking to haul something, you’re better off with the Jeep Cherokee.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

There are five exciting trim levels available for the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, with each coming with a laundry list of features and options. The base Cherokee is the Latitude, which comes with 17-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a 7-inch touchscreen with a six-speaker sound system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The Latitude Plus adds to this with simulated-leather inserts in the upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and passive keyless entry with push-button start. Options for the Latitude Plus include an auxiliary household power outlet, dual-zone climate control, a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and remote start. Higher-level trims bring more cutting edge options such as heated front seats and steering wheel, an upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a navigation system. Tech features include an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a nine-speed audio system. The Trailhawk comes with an impressive amount of off-road features including an advanced all-wheel-drive system, all-terrain tires, increased ground clearance, hill ascent, and descent control, and off-road-suspension tuning.

2020 Ford Escape Features & Design

The 2020 Ford Escape comes with some excellent tech features on all trims. These include an 8-inch touchscreen on the SE and up, which uses the Ford Sync3 system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The graphics on this system are crisp, and the menus are easy to navigate. The engines come with five selectable drivers modes for conditions such as slippery roadways and deep snow and sand. These driver modes are great but are no match for the Cherokee’s four-wheel-drive systems. All versions of the Escape come with Ford’s Co-Pilot360, which includes a list of driver safety features, a second-row sliding seat, LED tail lights, two USB charge ports, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Climbing the trim ladder gets you more features such as a power liftgate, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control with stop and go as well as parking assist. Also included on higher trims are leather seats, chrome exhaust tips, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and a B and O premium sound system.


There is no question, the winner here is the 2020 Jeep Cherokee. The engines are more powerful, the four-wheel-drive systems allow for more traction, and there are more cutting edge options on the Cherokee than on the Escape. If you’re interested in the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, we recommend checking out our full review and then heading down to the dealership to take a test drive!