2020 Jeep Cherokee
Features & Specs
2020 Ford Escape
Heated Seats
Offered On Higher Trim Levels
9-Speed Automatic
Standard Transmission
8-Speed Automatic
Off-Roading Dedicated Trim
5 Passengers
Seating Capacity
5 Passengers

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Escape

There is no questioning it, SUVs no matter the size, can make life easier. They offer more capability both on and off the road, more cabin and cargo space and tons of great features. We know all of that, can make it hard to narrow down all the choices to the one that best suits your needs. That is why we here at Legacy CDJR have created this comparison review. We have quickly paired down the segment to two of the most popular models, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and the 2020 Ford Escape, and we are pitting them against each other to see which one is truly the best of the best. Keep reading to find out which one comes out on top!

2020 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

There are three engines powering the Jeep Cherokee. The standard engine is a 2.4L 4-cylinder that pumps out 171 lb-ft of torque and 180 horsepower. Drivers can also choose the available 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder that creates 295 lb-ft of torque and 270 horsepower. The third engine offered is a 3.2L Pentastar V6 that produces 295 lb-ft of torque and 271 horsepower. Jeep pairs all engines, no matter which trim level they are housed in, to a 9-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifting and a comfortable drive. Front-wheel drive is standard for all trim levels and four-wheel drive is available, standard with the Trailhawk.

2020 Ford Escape Power & Handling

In the 2020 model year, the Ford Escape is powered by one of two engines. The base engine is a 1.5L turbo 3-cylinder that produces 190 lb-ft of torque and 181 horsepower. Ford pairs this engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The other engine offered is a 2.0L four-cylinder that produces 280 lb-ft of torque and 250 horsepower. Ford also pairs this engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is available.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

The Cherokee comes in five trim levels, The entry-level Latitude model is outfitted with a 7-inch touchscreen, 17-inch wheels, Apple and Android smartphone integration, a folding rear seat with 60/40-split, a rearview camera, LED automatic headlights, and a 6-speaker sound system. The other trim levels build on the Latitude with dual-zone climate control, additional USB ports, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, remote engine start, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, heated front and rear seats, HD radio, sound-deadening glass, and navigation. The Trailhawk trim is similarly outfitted but it also comes with all-terrain tires wrapped around wider wheels, increased ground clearance, hill ascent and descent control, tow hooks, and more!

2020 Ford Escape Features & Design

There are also five Ford Escape trim levels to choose from in the 2020 model year. The base S model is outfitted with a 2nd-row slide seat, two smart USB charge ports, LED tail lights, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Pretty bare bones. The upper trims add leather upholstery, navigation, a power liftgate, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.


After taking a good look at what both of these SUVs have to offer, we recommend that you choose the Jeep Cherokee. The Ford Escape tried really hard to keep up but the Cherokee just blows right past it with three stellar engine options, a load of features, and a dedicated off-roading trim level! Come on down to Legacy CDJR today to check out the 2020 Jeep Cherokee in person with one of our sales associates. We look forward to working with you!

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