2018 Jeep Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Escape Brunswick ME

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2018 Jeep Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Escape near Auburn, ME

The compact-SUV segment is loaded with such great choices it can be hard to narrow it down to the best of the best. However, there are two compact SUVs that come to our minds, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 Ford Escape. The Cherokee stands out with superior on- and off-roading chops and incredible style both inside and out. New changes for the 2018 model year include reworked trim levels and the brand new Latitude Plus trim! The Escape offers great cargo room, impressive engine options, and a lengthy list of modern amenities. Changes for the 2018 include and new SEL trim level and additional safety and convenience features. Check out the rest of our comparison review to learn why we think the 2018 Jeep Cherokee is the best compact SUV on the market today!

2018 Jeep Cherokee Power & Handling

There are two engine options available for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee. The standard choice is a 2.4-liter Tigershark 4-cylinder. This engine produces 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque and is estimated to get 30 highway mpg with front-wheel drive. The next engine option is a 3.2L V6 that generates 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque. This engine is estimated by the EPA to achieve 29 highway mpg with front-wheel drive. Jeep connects both engine options with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. There are three 4x4 systems available for the 2018 Cherokee. These systems include Jeep Active Drive I and Jeep Active Drive II while Jeep Active Drive Lock is exclusively for the Trailhawk model. When it comes to towing, the 2018 Cherokee maxes out at 2,000 pounds with the 4-cylinder engine and 4,500 pounds with the V6 engine.

2018 Ford Escape Power & Handling

There are three engine options for the Escape. The first engine, tied to the base S model, is a 2.5L 4-cylinder that delivers 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This engine achieves 29 mpg on the highway. The next engine, for the SE and SEL models, is a 1.5L EcoBoost turbocharged engine that delivers 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. This engine can average 30 mpg highway with FWD. The last engine, exclusive to the Titanium model, is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder. This engine cranks out 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque and can tow up to 3,500 pounds. All three engine options are matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Jeep Cherokee Features & Design

The Cherokee is a two-row five-passenger SUV with a modern and high-quality interior. Offered in five trim levels: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Trailhawk, and the Overland. Standard features for the 2018 models include Bluetooth connectivity, 17-inch aluminum wheels, air conditioning, a rearview camera, high intensity-discharge headlights, USB and auxiliary inputs, a 5-inch display screen with Uconnect, and a six-speaker sound system. For even more advanced features opt for a higher trim level. Those features include an 8.4-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, a 115-volt outlet, remote start engine, universal garage remote, navigation, 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, dual zone climate control, and power adjustable driver's seat. The Trailhawk model, built for superior off-roading, comes equipped with even more off-roading features, and an additional rock mode on the Selec-Terrain Traction Management System. 

2018 Ford Escape Features & Design

The Escape is also a two-row five-passenger SUV. The exterior is edgier than years before but not as attractive or unique as the Cherokee's. The Escape is offered in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. Standard features consist of voice recognition, a 4.2-inch screen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, USB port, automatic headlights, cruise control, and a rearview camera. You'll have to opt for the highest trim level, the Titanium, to gain some of the most basic features like a power liftgate, push-button start, navigation, leather upholstery, a power passenger seat. Features that can be found lower in the Cherokee lineup.


The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is the clear winner in this competition! From the impressive fuel economy to the Trailhawk model, made for the best off-roading possible, there is just so much to love! The entry-level engine is far superior to the Escapes too, and we know you'll love that power. Come on down to the Bodwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram showroom to learn even more about the Cherokee and take a tour of the SUV in person. We know as soon as you sit in the driver's seat you'll be in love!

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