The Jeep Cherokee continues to stand apart from other compact crossovers due to its significant towing and off-road capabilities. It also excels in those areas that have made crossovers so popular among the average consumer—ride height, passenger comfort, cargo capacity, safety and so forth—and the new 2021 Jeep Cherokee builds on that package with additional standard driver assists. Drivers considering the Cherokee from a utilitarian perspective may also look at options like the 2021 Ford Escape. With that in mind, let us compare the 2021 Jeep Cherokee vs 2021 Ford Escape and see how they stack up.
Exterior - Jeep Dealer serving Anaheim CA
The new Cherokee available at Puente Hills Jeep has a modern exterior that reflects the iconic Jeep tradition, which sets it apart from other crossovers. In contrast, the Escape is stylish but has an aesthetic similar to many other vehicles in the segment. When it comes to comparing the 2021 Jeep Cherokee vs 2021 Ford Escape in terms of size, the vehicles are similar, but the Cherokee is a tad bigger: 182.0 vs 180.5 inches. The Cherokee wheelbase is 0.1 inches shorter at 106.6 inches overall, and the Cherokee offers 8.2 inches of minimum ground clearance whereas the Escape is a bit less at 7.8 inches.
Our Jeep dealership near West Covina encourages every driver considering a crossover to come see the Cherokee in person. One reason is to see the build and material quality of the cabin firsthand. The Escape is more in line with mainstream crossovers in the use of plastic and the like, and the difference is notable when it comes to comfort and appearance. Both vehicles provide more than 40 inches of legroom in the front and rear seating, but the Cherokee affords 24 additional cubic feet of total passenger volume. This is one reason legroom specs can be misleading and why you should definitely sit in these vehicles before making up your mind.
Jeep Cherokee Mechanical specs
Most Cherokee models are front-wheel drive standard but offer four-wheel drive as an option. The exception is the Trailhawk, which is off-road focused and thus four-wheel drive. The Latitude and Latitude Plus have 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. This engine features automatic stop/start and is rated for 180 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. The Latitude Lux, Limited and Trailhawk feature a 3.2-liter V6 with ESS that is rated 271 hp and 239 lb.-ft. With the Latitude Lux and Limited, you also have the option of a 2.0-liter turbo i-4 rated for 270 hp and 295 lb.-ft. The base powertrain for the 2021 Ford Escape features an eight-speed automatic and a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder rated for 181 hp and 190 lb.-ft. You also have two options: a hybrid powertrain rated for 200 hp and a 2.0-liter turbo i-4 rated for 250 hp and 280 lb.-ft. The towing capacity of the Escape ranges from 1,500 to 3,500 pounds whereas the Cherokee ranges from 2,000 to 4,500.
Tech - 2021 Jeep Cherokee dealer
The Cherokee comes standard with the Uconnect 4 infotainment system. Base features include a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera system, voice control, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apply CarPlay. An 8.4-inch touchscreen with or without integrated navigation is available. The base 2021 Ford Escape, on the other hand, only comes with a 4.2-inch display with rudimentary infotainment features. You have to step up to SE trim to get a modern infotainment setup with an 8-inch touchscreen. This is true for most of the driver assistance technologies as well whereas Jeep incorporates most of this tech into the base model.
Puente Hills Jeep is proud to be the premier Jeep dealership serving drivers in and near West Covina. If you would like to test-drive the 2021 Jeep Cherokee, you can visit our location at your convenience, or you can schedule online or by phone. We also encourage you to call us or contact us online for custom quotes and the latest Cherokee information. These details are also available through our website, which you can use to compare trims and options, get preapproved for an auto loan and much more!