2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Escape Chambersburg PA

2020 Jeep Cherokee
Features & Specs
2020 Ford Escape
Heated Front Seats
Offered on Higher Trim Levels
Standard Engine Displacement
9-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
5 Passengers
Seating Capacity
5 Passengers

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Escape

Purchasing a new vehicle is a very big decision and at some points, incredibly stressful and we don’t want that for you here at Shively Motors of Chambersburg. We know it can be difficult to find the model that not only meets your needs but exceeds them from all the options on the market today, which is exactly why we created this comparison review. We have taken the hard work out of your hands and done it for you. We chose two of the most popular models in the segment, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and the Ford Escape, and we’re pitting them against each other to see just how they stack up. Read on to find out which one we recommend!

2020 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

In the 2020 model year, the Cherokee lineup is powered by a total of three engines. The standard engine is a 180 horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that creates 171 pound-feet of torque. Drivers can also choose a 271 horsepower 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 that produces 239 pound-feet of torque. The third and final engine option is a 270 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that creates 295 pound-feet of torque. Each engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Jeep configures all trim options with standard front-wheel drive except the Trailhawk trim level which comes with standard four-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is available for all other trims.

2020 Ford Escape Power & Handling

There are two engine options available for the Ford Escape. The base engine is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-3 that produces 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is available. The second engine option, a 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4, generates 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Both FWD and AWD are offered for this engine as well. Both of these engine options are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

Drivers have five Cherokee models to choose from. The base trim starts the lineup off incredibly well with standard features like Apple and Android smartphone integration, Bluetooth connectivity, 17-inch wheels, a six-speaker sound system, two USB ports, a folding rear seat with 60/40 split-folding, a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and automatic LED headlights. The upper trim levels expand on that with even more features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine start, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, heated front and rear seats, and HD radio. The Trailhawk trim level comes with off-road oriented suspension tuning, all-terrain tires, hill descent and ascent control, tow hooks, and increased ground clearance.

2020 Ford Escape Features & Design

There are five Escape trim levels to choose from as well. The base Escape model comes with a 4.5-inch display monitor, second-row sliding seats, Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of safety features. Overall the base model is very bare. The upper trim levels add keyless entry and ignition, a SYNC 3 infotainment system, a power adjustable driver’s seat, remote engine start, a heated steering wheel, and a hands-free liftgate.


After reviewing what both of these SUVs have to offer, it is easy to see that the Ford Escape just doesn’t have what it takes to compete with the 2020 Jeep Cherokee. The Cherokee is outfitted with a host of features, even in the base trim, and is powered by three capable engines! When you are ready to drive home a 2020 Jeep Cherokee, come on down to Shively Motors of Chambersburg. Our sales associates will help you find the Cherokee model that best meets your needs and get you the best deal!