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Ford Escape vs. Jeep Cherokee

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Ford Escape

$569
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Jeep Cherokee

$513
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Ford Escape Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 18th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $569 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Jeep Cherokee Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 17th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $513 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$569
inexpensive
expensive
$513
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.36
not often
very often
0.41
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(11)
4
(25)
3
(12)
2
(14)
1
(6)
The Ford Escape ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.
“2005 Ford Escape.....Biggest P.O.S. vehicle I have ever owned. YOU SUCK FORD AS USUAL. Didn't want to purchase vehicle, but I was in a pinch and needed one asap. Having to put a couple courts of o...”
“2005 Ford Escape.....Biggest P.O.S. vehicle I have ever owned. YOU SUCK FORD AS USUAL. Didn't wan...”
5
(1)
4
(16)
3
(8)
2
(2)
1
(2)
The Jeep Cherokee ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in electrical.
“This is my 4 xj. Unfortunately for me my forth is becoming a pain. My third was salvage 99 xj 2WD. Most of you would of oh hell no! It's a salvage. But me I'm up for a challenge. And had to do a lo...”
“This is my 4 xj. Unfortunately for me my forth is becoming a pain. My third was salvage 99 xj 2WD...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Ford Escape and the Jeep Cherokee are both compact, two-row SUVs. Both come with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

The Escape and the Cherokee offer comparable amounts of performance from their standard and optional engines. The Ford Escape’s standard engine has 168 horsepower, with options up to 245 horsepower. The Jeep Cherokee has a standard engine with 180 horsepower, with options up to 271 horsepower.

Comparing cargo space, the Escape definitely has the edge with its 66.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Cherokee is less space-efficient, with just 54.9 cubic feet. 

If you need serious off-road abilities, then the Jeep Cherokee stands alone. It has been designed to excel when the pavement ends. The Cherokee Trailhawk model is specially equipped to go places most SUVs will not even attempt. There is no comparison.

So if you need a spacious SUV that will spend most of its time on the road, the Ford Escape will do the job. But if mountain trails and desert tracks beckon, then the Jeep Cherokee is the logical choice.

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