2020 Jeep Cherokee


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2020 Jeep Cherokee

2020 Ford Escape

Maximum towing capacity




9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed automatic

Ventilated seats


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Parking assistance



2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Escape near Troy, MI

Crossovers keep getting more and more popular with each passing year. This means auto manufacturers are continually upping their game and improving their crossovers in hopes that they will have the next top model. The stiff competition in the crossover segment can make the decision hard when you go to choose which one is right for you. To try and make the decision a little easier for you, we've compared two of the top crossover models on the market today.  The 2020 Jeep Cherokee offers incredible off-road capability, impressive towing so you can take your toys on your next great adventure, and loads of creature comfort features. The 2020 Ford Escape, on the other hand, offers an updated powertrain lineup and optional tech features.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee comes standardly equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine capable of pumping out 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. An optional 2.0-liter Turbo engine makes a whopping 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are rated to make up to 31 mpg on the highway so you can adventure further and spend less time at the pump. The last engine available is a 3.2-liter Pentastar V6, which comes equipped with engine stop/start technology. When paired with this engine, the Cherokee has a best-in-class maximum towing of the capacity of 4,500 pounds. The Cherokee Trailhawk comes paired with Jeep Active Drive Lock 4x4 system, which features a rear locker for added traction plus Rock Mode on the Selec-Terrain Traction Management system. All other models come standard with front-wheel-drive but can be paired with the Jeep Active Drive 4x4 system.

2020 Ford Escape Power & Handling

Powering the 2020 Ford Escape is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine that comes mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive. When paired with this engine the Escape can tow up to 2,00 lbs when properly equipped. While that is the standard engine, Ford offers several optional engines for the Escape. You can choose from a 2.0-liter EcoBoost, a 2.5-liter iVCT Atkinson Cycle I-4 Hybrid, or a 2.5-liter iVCT Atkinson Cycle I-4 Plug-In Hybrid. All engines excluding the plug-in hybrid can be paired with Intelligent AWD. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine can tow up to 3,500 pounds while the hybrid models can only tow up to 1,500 pounds. The Hybrid engine options come paired with an electronic continuously variable transmission. The plug-in hybrid is estimated to take 10 to 11 hours to charge the battery fully.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

The Cherokee comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that pairs with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system. The Latitude Plus kicks things up a notch by adding a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and simulated-leather inserts. Optional features for the Latitude plus include a power liftgate, remote start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The mid-tier Limited comes with almost everything listed above plus a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a nine-speaker sound system. With heated rear seats, wood inserts, ventilated front seats, navigation, sound-deadening windshield, and upgraded leather upholstery, the Overland can only be described as luxurious. All-terrain tires come outfitted on the Trailhawk along with skid plates, tow hooks, a locking rear differential, and increased ground clearance.

2020 Ford Escape Features & Design

The base model 2020 Ford Escape comes with manual climate control, a rearview camera, cloth bucket seats, a 6-speaker sound system, and a 4.2" Instrument Cluster. The SE adds heated front seats, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, push-button start, a lane-keeping system, and two extra cupholders. Remote start comes with the SEL along with a heated leather steering wheel and fog lights. The top-tier Titanium model adds create comfort features like a 10-speaker sound system, reverse sensing system, leather-trimmed front seats, dual-zone climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.


We have to give this comparison to the wildly capable and incredibly equipped 2020 Jeep Cherokee. With a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds and two advanced four-wheel-drive systems, the capability of the Cherokee far outweighs that of the Escape. The base model of the Cherokee comes with a wide array of features that you don't find in the Escape until further down the model lineup. The top-tier Escape Titanium can't even compare to the Jeep Cherokee Overland. If you'd like to learn more about the 2020 Jeep Cherokee feel free to come on down today to chat with one of our knowledgable sales associates or you can read our full review attached below.

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