2021 Jeep Cherokee vs 2021 Ford Escape in Columbia SC

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2021 Jeep Cherokee Overview

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee vs 2021 Ford Escape comparison might begin with the sentiment that there is no real comparison here. The 2021 Ford Escape falls short of expectations on nearly every level, in nearly every category. For those who want a powerful but efficient SUV in Columbia South Carolina, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee is the easy answer. One wonders if the only reason to opt for the 2021 Ford Escape is mere budget alone. That's until you look at their prices side-by-side and realize that the Escape isn't really all that much more economical. As we say, what you pay for is what you get. Galeana Chrysler Jeep Columbia shoppers will do themselves a favor by paying for and getting the 2021 Jeep Cherokee vs 2021 Ford Escape.

Columbia SC - 2021 Jeep Cherokee's Overview

Exterior - Jeep Dealer serving Columbia SC

The exterior of the new Jeep Cherokee is loaded with features that are meant to get you excited about spending time away from home. Ford's always-practical designs are great for those who like bland, non-flashy vehicles, but it's not going to fit in well with the in-crowd. The new Escape design is a curious one. It's extremely hood-heavy, in that they've elongated the hood to almost ridiculous proportions. In contrast, the new 2021 Jeep Cherokee is much better proportioned, with a hood and grille that don't seem to weigh down the rest of the design. The exterior is ready to work, too. The new Cherokee gets LED headlamps, taillamps, and daytime running lamps, along with a helpful array of family features such as hands-free power liftgate and a windshield wiper de-icer. You'll be surprised at just how much easier to get along with the Cherokee exterior is. It has a suite of amazing wheel choices, too, such as 17-inch painted black off-road aluminum wheels, 17-inch satin carbon aluminum wheels, and 19-inch granite aluminum crystal aluminum wheels. The Cherokee gets an 80th anniversary edition trim this year, too, so there's just so much more to choose from if you like to customize the looks of your SUV. The Escape is a "what you see is what you get" SUV.

Columbia SC - 2021 Jeep Cherokee's Exterior

Off-Road Ready - 2021 Jeep Cherokee in Columbia SC

For off-roading families, there's no comparison here, either. The equipment of Jeep's Active 4X4 systems, drive modes, high performance suspension, and water fording mechanisms all create an off-road ready attitude that leaves the Ford Escape awkwardly in the dust. Because of the disparity in torque, the maximum towing capacity of the Escape is only 3,500 pounds, something a good sedan can give your family. What's the Cherokee up to? Well, it's over here towing 4,500 pounds without breaking a sweat. Families who are active and in need of high towing capacity off-road features will never find a friend in the Escape. It's built to be "practical," but what's practical to off-roading families isn't practical to those who hit the trail. If you want boring, the Escape captures the spirit nicely. If you want off-roading, the Cherokee is Trail Rated and ready to deliver.

Columbia SC - 2021 Jeep Cherokee's Interior
Powertrain - Jeep Cherokee

The underwhelming and downright disappointing 3-cylinder 181 horsepower engine of the Escape is going to turn away many people in Columbia South Carolina. This is an engine that would disappoint sedan buyers, much less SUV buyers. Galeana Chrysler Jeep Columbia is a place where we're willing to admit the strengths of other models outside of the Jeep lineup, but there's not any strength inside the Escape's early trim lineup. And even when Ford does get around to equipping it with a more powerful engine, it only goes up to 250 horsepower. The Cherokee grabs a 271 horsepower engine and then completely overruns the Escape's meager efforts. The Cherokee's torque bolts up to 295 lb-ft compared to the disappointing 280 lb-ft of torque by the Escape.

Columbia SC - 2021 Jeep Cherokee's Mechanical
Winner: 2021 Jeep Cherokee

The easy winner of this brief comparison is the 2021 Cherokee. Its powerful engine capabilities, towing capacity, off-road skills, and adventurous good looks all make it an easy choice over the relatively tame 2021 Escape. We don't believe the Ford Escape is the wrong SUV for some. Let's be clear. It has some advantages over other SUVs in the industry. However, if you're looking at it side-by-side against a Cherokee, it has virtually no advantages over the Cherokee. And it's not affordable enough to win out on pricing either; the Cherokee is the better value.

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We want you to get even more excited by the 2021 Cherokee! Visit our dealership in Columbia South Carolina today and take your first spin in a new Jeep Cherokee. This model's 80th anniversary edition is finally here at our dealership, so you'll have access to that special trim if you've got your mind on it. Just write to us or call us to schedule your test drive.

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