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Battle of the SUVs: 2018 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2018 Ford Escape

In a battle that will be fought by many but won by few, it’s time for two new contenders to step in the ring. Who will the title of best SUV? Will it be the 2018 Jeep Cherokee or the 2018 Ford Escape? Read on to find out which of these two fan favorites will ultimately wind up being your favorite SUV.


Can’t Escape the Lackluster Engine Options

Let’s start by looking at which one of these SUVs is the one that’s going to make the best getaway car in case of a zombie apocalypse. You could take your chances on the 2018 Ford Escape – after all, it offers a choice of three engines, the standard one being a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that gets 168 horsepower. Or there is always the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that makes a slightly speedier escape thanks to its 179 horsepower. Finally, you could choose to try to outgun the undead in the top-trim’s engine – a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that gets a speedy 245 horses galloping out from under the hood.

Or, you could opt to drive the 2018 Jeep Cherokee – because any engine option you choose is going to leave the 2018 Ford Escape in the dust. The standard engine on the 2018 Jeep Cherokee is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that gets up to 295 horsepower, besting even the top-engine offering of the 2018 Ford Escape. But that’s not where your options end. There are three V8 engine options to choose from: a 5.7-liter V8 that gets 360 horsepower, a 6.4-liter V8 that gets 475 horsepower and then there is the ultra-impressive, crazy powerful supercharged 6.2-liter V8 option. With 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque, this is the car you want to be driving in when the Walking Dead becomes more than just a hit TV show.

When it comes to being a getaway vehicle, the 2018 Ford Escape is nothing but a misnomer compared to the 2018 Jeep Cherokee.


Cherokee Offers Choices

They say that “variety is the spice of life” – and we’d like to add that variety is the spice of SUVs, too. Which is why the 2018 Ford Escape simply cannot compete with the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The 2018 Ford Escape comes in four trim types – the standard model S, the SE the SEL and the Titanium, while the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in a choice of seven trim types: the standard Laredo, the Limited, the Trailhawk, the Overland, the Summit, the SRT and the Trackhawk. There are also plenty of options and packages that let you set your 2018 Jeep Cherokee apart from all the other models.

Customization is key to making an SUV feel truly yours, and the 2018 Ford Escape simply cannot compete with the level of choice that Jeep has given to it’s 2018 Cherokee shoppers.


Jeep Can’t Be Beat

Sure, those are only two metrics, but it doesn’t take a referee to know that when it comes time for the 2018 Jeep Cherokee to throw down against the 2018 Ford Escape, the Escape simply cannot hold its own against the powerhouse Cherokee.