2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Escape

In this 2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Escape comparison, we are going to be pitting two quality compact SUVs against each other to see which can provide the best driving experience, and check all the right boxes, for shoppers. Both of these models seat five passengers and come with some of the latest features, but drivers seeking power and fun may want to opt for the 2017 Jeep Cherokee. This compact SUV offers impressive base engine power and also the top horsepower in this comparison (by a fairly large margin). It can also tow up to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped.

When it comes to infotainment options, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee also offers one of the best systems in the automotive market: the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen interface. It features responsive and user-friendly controls. The 2017 Ford Escape is available with the advanced Sync 3 system.

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2017 Jeep Cherokee VS 2017 Ford Escape
$23,595 Starting MSRP $23,600
2.4-L 4-cylinder (184 hp) Base Engine 2.5-L 4-cylinder (168 hp)
271 hp (3.2-L V6) Max. Horsepower 245 hp (2.0-L turbo 4-cylinder)
9-spd Automatic Transmission 6-spd Automatic

Four-wheel drive on the 2017 Jeep Cherokee

Whether SUV buyers opt for the 2.4-liter four-cylinder base engine (rated for 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque) or prefer the optional 3.2-liter V6 (271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet) the 2017 Jeep Cherokee delivers responsive power. All models offer either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Select models are available with the advanced Active Drive II four-wheel-drive system which features off-road optimizing features like a locking rear differential, low-range gearing, and a Rock option on the Selec-Terrain driving mode selector. In contrast, the 2017 Ford Escape is a compact SUV optimized almost exclusively for the road. It is available with all-wheel drive on all but the base S trim, but it does not offer off-roading features that would allow it to confidently tackle gravel roads or more challenging environments.

In this 2017 Jeep Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Escape comparison, both vehicles offer a comfortable interior and reasonable fuel economy, but the Jeep Cherokee is the only model that truly allows drivers to enjoy premium off-road handling. This means that it can serve equally well in the daily commute or on an off-road weekend adventure, and all for an equivalent starting price.

To learn more about the 2017 Jeep Cherokee in South St. Paul or this comparison, contact a member of the Fury Motors South St. Paul sales team today. You can also schedule a test drive online.

front seats of the 2017 Jeep Cherokee
2017 Jeep Cherokee on the road
2017 Jeep Cherokee driving off the road
front dashboard view of the 2017 Jeep Cherokee
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