2019 Jeep Cherokee Against the Competition

Jeep has long been lauded for its quality SUVs, and the 2019 Cherokee works to hold up that reputation. With a new facelift and a long list of available options and features, it's easy to see why the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is a popular choice for drivers around Arlington and Washington, D.C. The 2019 Cherokee is a compelling contender in the mid-size SUV segment, but it's far from the only option you might consider. You may also be interested in a competitor like the 2018 Ford Escape. To help make the decision easier, we've put together a comparison below. Take some time to explore the differences between the two. If the Cherokee sounds like the right SUV for you, come see it in person at our dealership near Alexandria and Vienna.

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2019 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2018 Ford Escape

Four-Wheel Drive: In keeping with its off-road heritage, the 2019 Cherokee comes with a few robust four-wheel drive options. Specialized features like a locking rear axle and low range offer impressive off-road ability. By contrast, the 2018 Escape only offers Ford's Intelligent 4WD system, which lacks some of the purpose-built features available in the Cherokee.

Traction Control: Both the 2019 Cherokee and the 2018 Escape offer variations of traction control. The Escape's Curve Control and Torque Vectoring Control systems can counteract understeer by sending torque to the wheels where it's needed. The Cherokee offers even more capability with selectable traction control modes for snow, sand/mud, sport, rock, and auto.

Power: When it comes to power, the 2019 Cherokee gets the edge. Both its 271-horsepower Pentastar V6 and its 270-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine options beat out the Escape's most powerful power plant -- a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with 240 horsepower.

Towing: The Cherokee's power advantage translates into impressive towing capability. Properly-equipped, it can handle up to 4,500 pounds. The Escape falls behind with its 3,500-pound towing capacity.