2020 Jeep CherokeeFeatures & Specs2020 Ford Escape
9-speed Shiftable AutomaticTransmission8-speed Automatic
271 horsepowerStandard Engine Power180 horsepower
StandardAluminum WheelsOptional
3 yr./36,000 milesWarranty3 yr./36,000 miles

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Escape near Martinsburg WV

For buyers in the market for a capable SUV that can handle a variety of conditions, Ford and Jeep have you covered with some excellent options. We've gathered the details on two of the segment's top models, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and the Ford Escape, so you can find the SUV that's right for you! The 2020 Cherokee brings best-in-class off-road capability and high-tech features while the Ford Escape is fully redesigned with improved power and acceleration. Keep reading to find out which compact SUV is the better deal!

2020 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

The Cherokee starts out with an impressive standard 2.4L 4-cylinder engine capable of 180-horsepower paired with a 9-speed automatic that provides a smooth ride. The next engine in the lineup is a 3.2L V6 engine with 271-horsepower and an incredible 4,500-pound tow rating. The third and last engine is a 2.0-horsepower 2.0L turbo engine capable of rapid acceleration. Depending on the model, all-wheel drive is available for all engines and Jeep's Selec-Terrain system, which provides five customized modes including snow, sport, sand/mud, auto, and rock. An Active Drive Lock system is available for the off-road-ready Trailhawk and offers the most rugged driving system on the market!

2020 Ford Escape Power & Handling

The 2020 Ford Escape offers four engine options and an all-new suspension with vibration-absorbing rear subframe mounts. The standard engine is a 1.5L 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine with 181 horsepower. This engine comes with a cylinder deactivation system that shuts down one cylinder while the vehicle is cruising to conserve fuel. The next engine is a turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost that pumps out 250 horsepower while the final engine, a 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain, produces 200 horsepower. The EcoBoost engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with smooth shifts and quicker response.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

The Cherokee comes with several fantastic standard features, including a 7-inch Uconnect 4 screen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, Bluetooth, and three USB ports. The Cherokee also comes with a display for its rearview camera. There are a variety of upgrades for the 2020 Cherokee, including hill-start assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and start/stop on the Latitude model, features that are usually additional expenses. Other models come with the option of navigation, an upgraded audio system, and luxury leather upholstery. The Trailhawk model adds rugged off-roading designs, including an upgraded suspension, underbody skid plates, and other features.

2020 Ford Escape Features & Design

The 2020 Escape offers a completely redesigned exterior with a European-style front fascia with an aerodynamic design similar to other models. With a longer, curvier body and lower, wider build offers better fuel economy with less wind resistance and more cargo space than previous models. Inside the cabin, the Escape comes with Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite with two smart USB charge ports and a Wi-Fi hot spot. An eight-inch infotainment touchscreen is available on some models as is navigation, a premium sound system, panoramic sunroof, and other cosmetic features.


It's safe to say that we think the 2020 Jeep Cherokee is the better deal. This SUV comes with more standard features, including Apple CarPlay and Android integration, but it's the powertrain that really sets the Cherokee apart. While the Escape has decent fuel economy, the Cherokee is sturdy with three powerful engines that are beyond comparison. The Escape cannot, however, compete with the Cherokee's tried and true off-road capability in even the base models. To learn more about the Jeep Cherokee, read our full review online or come on down to the dealership and ask one of our sales team!

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