Greene Ford Compares 2015 Ford Escape VS 2015 Jeep Cherokee Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2015 Ford Escape

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2015 Jeep Cherokee

Safety Comparison

Both the Escape and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

Escape

Cherokee

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

367 lbs.

430 lbs.

Neck Compression

15 lbs.

37 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

262/227 lbs.

822/607 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

57%

57%

Neck Stress

271 lbs.

344 lbs.

Neck Compression

126 lbs.

166 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

403/116 lbs.

305/278 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

Escape

Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

176 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Escape’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Cherokee runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 38 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in initial quality. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 17th in reliability. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Cherokee:

Torque

Escape 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

184 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

171 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

239 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Cherokee 4 cyl.:

Escape

Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.9 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.5 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

18.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.5 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

Escape

Cherokee

2WD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd Auto

23 city/32 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd Auto

22 city/30 hwy

n/a

4WD

n/a

21 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd Auto

22 city/30 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd Auto

21 city/28 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.2 V6/Auto

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escape stops much shorter than the Cherokee:

Escape

Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Cherokee (235/55R17 vs. 225/60R17).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The Escape Titanium’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Cherokee’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape Titanium has standard 19-inch wheels. The Cherokee’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Cherokee doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Escape is 3.9 inches shorter than the Cherokee, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Escape Titanium AWD is quieter than the Cherokee Limited 4x4:

Escape

Cherokee

At idle

39 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

77 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has .5 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.1 inches lower than the Cherokee (16.8” vs. 17.9”). The Escape’s rear step up height is .6 inches lower than the Cherokee’s (17.5” vs. 18.1”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (34.3 vs. 24.6 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (68.1 vs. 54.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Cherokee’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape’s liftgate can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Escape also offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cherokee Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Cherokee doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost Uconnect Access can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Cherokee’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Escape’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Cherokee’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair” (depending on model and options).

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Escape

Cherokee

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cherokee was rated third.

The Ford Escape outsold the Jeep Cherokee by almost two to one during the 2014 model year.

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