Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Jeep Wrangler Near Buford, GA

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Jeep Wrangler

Safety Comparison

The Escape has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats that act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. Head airbags cost extra in the Wrangler and are only available for the front seats.

The Escape Titanium offers optional Active Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Wrangler doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Full-time four-wheel drive is available on the Escape. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Wrangler.

The Ford Escape has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Wrangler doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Escape Titanium’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Escape (except S) offers optional parking sensors to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. The Escape also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Wrangler doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The Escape (except S)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Escape (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Escape uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Wrangler uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

The Escape has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Wrangler Unlimited without its optional side airbags:




Overall Evaluation








Head Protection Rating



Head Injury Rating



Torso Injury Rating



Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating



Shoulder Movement

41 mm

41 mm


Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating



Head Injury Rating



Torso Injury Rating



Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating



The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Escape with standard seats is safer then the Wrangler:




Overall Evaluation



Head Restraint Design



Distance from Back of Head

12 mm

46 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

-11 mm

66 mm

Dynamic Test Rating



Seat Design



Neck Force Rating



Max Neck Shearing Force



Max Neck Tension



(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

Warranty Comparison

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 rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Wrangler isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 260) than the Wrangler’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Wrangler (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.8 MPH

82.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape AWD 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Wrangler Unlimited Auto (22 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/20 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape EcoBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Wrangler doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape EcoBoost’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Wrangler:


Escape EcoBoost


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.9 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the Wrangler:





70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

217 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

181 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Wrangler (235/55R17 vs. 225/75R16).

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 Wrangler Sport’s standard 75 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Wrangler Sahara’s 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Wrangler Sport. The Escape’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Wrangler Sahara.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Ford Escape’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Jeep Wrangler’s solid front axle, which allows the Escape’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Escape has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Jeep Wrangler has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Escape has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Wrangler.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Wrangler doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited pulls only .61 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD goes through AutoWeek’s slalom 4.3 MPH faster than the Wrangler Sahara Unlimited (42.5 vs. 38.2 MPH).

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.8 seconds quicker than the Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 31.1 seconds @ .49 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 600 pounds less than the Jeep Wrangler.

The Escape is 6.8 inches shorter than the Wrangler Unlimited, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the Escape’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Wrangler doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Escape has standard flush composite headlights. The Wrangler has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Wrangler doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited:




At idle

39 dB

42 dB


75 dB

83 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The Wrangler’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Escape is 6.3 inches lower than the Wrangler Unlimited (16.8” vs. 23.1”). The Escape’s rear step up height is 6 inches lower than the Wrangler Unlimited’s (17.5” vs. 23.5”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area than the Wrangler Unlimited with its rear seat up (34 vs. 31.5 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 Wrangler 2dr’s liftover is 27.8 inches. The Wrangler Unlimited’s liftover is 31.4 inches.

The Escape’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Wrangler 2dr’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

The Escape’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Wrangler’s swing out door blocks loading from the passenger’s side.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Escape has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When three different drivers share the Escape Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Wrangler doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Escape’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Wrangler.

The Escape’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Wrangler’s optional power window’s switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches.

The Escape’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Wrangler’s optional power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Escape’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the Wrangler.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access standard on the Escape Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Jeep Wrangler doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Wrangler’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape has a standard rear wiper. A rear wiper costs extra on the Wrangler.

Consumer Reports rated the Escape’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Wrangler’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Escape has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Wrangler has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Sahara/Rubicon.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escape Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Wrangler doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Escape has standard power remote mirrors. The Wrangler only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Escape’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Wrangler’s optional power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Escape Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Escape SE/Titanium has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Escape SE/Titanium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Wrangler doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Wrangler doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Wrangler doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Escape allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, tagging songs to buy them later, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Wrangler doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Escape, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Wrangler.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Wrangler doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Wrangler because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Wrangler, including $154 less for a water pump, $47 less for an alternator, $64 less for front brake pads, $24 less for a starter, $211 less for fuel injection, $161 less for a fuel pump and $142 less for a timing belt/chain.

The headlight lenses on the Escape are made of plastic to be lighter, more resistant to damage and less expensive to replace than the glass headlight lenses on the Wrangler.

Recommendations Comparison

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 Wrangler isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Ford Escape outsold the Jeep Wrangler by 59% during the 2016 model year.

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