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2018 Jeep Cherokee

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9-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

2018 Jeep Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Escape near Baker City, OR

The small crossover segment is a competitive one, filled with SUVs that have to find a balance between capability and comfort. Two strong competitors are the 2018 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 Ford Escape. The 2018 Cherokee includes many new additions for the 2018 model year, all while keeping the mechanical aspects very much the same! Some of the new additions include a shuffling of the trim levels to create the Latitude as the base trim, a new trim, the Latitude Plus, and additional equipment for the Limited and Trailhawk models. The 2018 Ford Escape adds a few things to the 2018 model year, however, they are also taking away the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine on every level that it was offered previously, with the exception of the highest trim, the Titanium. Continue reading more to help figure out which small crossover SUV comes out on top!

2018 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

The Cherokee features two powerful engine options. The first is an inline-4 with a 2.4-liter displacement. This engine can get up to 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. You can tow up to 4,000 pounds. There are many additional options to choose from with this one engine, including FWD, or one of three different 4x4 systems. The second engine option is the 3.2-liter V6 engine, which produces up to 239 pound-feet of torque and 271 horsepower. You'll find the same options offered with this engine as well, FWD and the three 4x4 systems. However, this engine tows up to 4,500 pounds! Both of these options work with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Ford Escape Power & Handling

There are three engine options offered with the Ford Escape. However, when it comes to off-roading capabilities, there are no 4x4 systems. These engines include a 2.5-liter inline-4, a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. The first engine is only offered with FWD, while the other two come in both FWD and AWD. The standard transmission is only a six-speed automatic, which seems lackluster compared to the nine-speed automatic transmission of the Cherokee. The towing capacity falls short of the Cherokee as well, as the top engine offered can only tow up to 3,500 pounds. The missing V6 engine option helps to explain the lack of power offered with the 2018 Escape.

2018 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

Five trim levels are offered with the 2018 Jeep Cherokee. The base trim, which is new to being the base trim, is the Latitude. The Latitude includes a folding front passenger seat that offers a storage compartment underneath the seat cushion, a six-speaker audio system, xenon headlights, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touchscreen interface, height-adjustable front seats, a USB charge-only port, and a rearview camera. The trim that is perfect for off-roading is the Trailhawk, which gives you tow hooks, hill ascent and descent control, all-terrain tires, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen interface. The most luxurious option is the Overland, adding a nine-speaker audio system, cornering lights, wood steering-wheel inserts, unique body-color exterior trim, and upgraded leather upholstery.

2018 Ford Escape Features & Design

There are only four trim levels offered with the Escape, and the base trim is lacking in standard features. For that reason, we are skipping the base trim S. The step up from the S is the SE, including steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, upgraded cloth upholstery, satellite radio, roof rails, rear privacy glass, rear air vents, heated front seats, and sound-reducing window glass. Another mid-range option is the SEL, which adds rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, and power-adjustable side mirrors that are also heated. The highest trim, the Escape Titanium, includes ten-way power-adjustable front seats, a household-style power outlet, a hands-free power liftgate, ambient interior lighting, driver-seat memory settings, and 18-inch wheels.


Both of these small crossover SUVs have plenty of things to offer, but it is clear to us that the 2018 Jeep Cherokee gives you something that the Escape simply lacks. While still offering plenty of comfort, the Jeep Cherokee gives you the off-roading capability that the Escape simply cannot compete with. On top of that, the Escape is lacking when it comes to trims, and the trims that it does offer lack features. If you'd like to learn more about the 2018 Jeep Cherokee, head on over to our review, or give us a call!

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