How Does the All-New Jeep Cherokee Match Up to its Sandusky Competition?

At Kasper Chrysler Dodge Jeep, we know that our customers from Lorain, Norwalk OH, Amherst OH, and Vermilion OH have plenty of choices when it comes to their next new SUV -- too many, perhaps. Trying to sort through all of the options can be incredibly time-consuming, especially when new models are being released. Take the Jeep Cherokee, for instance. With a refreshed design for 2019, it offers customers a whole new level of style, comfort, and performance. To help you narrow down your options, we put the 2019 Jeep Cherokee up against one of its rivals, the Ford Escape.


When we compared base models of each SUV, the Cherokee still starts at a lower Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price -- shaving nearly $2,000 off the price of the Escape. Those savings continue throughout your ownership period, with maintenance costs for the Escape projected to cost more than those for the Cherokee. Also, the Cherokee enjoys a slight edge in EPA-estimated fuel economy for front-wheel drive equipped models, thanks no doubt to the fact that all Cherokee engines include standard Start/Stop technology to reduce fuel consumption.


Whether you stick with the standard engine for each SUV or opt for any of the available engines, the Cherokee has the more powerful engine of the two vehicles. In fact, the standard four-cylinder engine that comes with the Cherokee outperforms an optional turbocharged engine offered for the Escape! At the top-end of each SUV's performance range, the 3.2-liter V6 engine that's available for the Cherokee makes 271 horsepower; the Escape's 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder tops out at 245 horsepower.


Both the Cherokee and the Escape come loaded with standard features, even on their introductory models. However, the base Cherokee includes some features, such as variable speed intermittent wipers, wireless cell phone hookup, auxiliary audio input, and MP3 player as standard features; these are only available as costly add-ons for the base Ford Escape.


While both SUVs offer standard airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, rearview camera, and lane departure warning systems, government testing shows that the Cherokee is the safer of the two vehicles in both front-impact crashes and side-impact crashes. Plus, the Cherokee offers standard Active Head Restraints, which help protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash; this feature isn't offered for the Escape.


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  1. Kasper Chrysler Dodge Jeep

    2206 Cleveland Rd
    Sandusky, OH 44870-4452

    • Sales: 419-210-8082
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