A small crossover that offers excellent driving dynamics, a spacious cabin, and an array of useful tech features, the 2014 Ford Escape is an attractive choice in the highly competitive compact CUV market. Here at Arlington Heights Ford, the premier Ford dealer for the Schaumburg area, we are thrilled with all that this smart crossover has to offer, and we think it matches up well against competitors such as the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.


The 2-wheel drive base engine for the Escape is a 2.5L 4-cylinder, with a turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder offered on the models with 4-wheel drive. The Cherokee has 4-wheel drive and a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine standard across trim levels.

Fuel economy is basically the same between the two crossovers, with an EPA estimated 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway for the Ford 1.6L engine, and 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway for the Jeep 2.4L.Performance-wise both of these CUVs are pretty evenly matched.

Features and Price

You get a wide array of comfort, convenience and tech features with both of these CUVs, including cruise control, keyless entry, USB/iPod input, and Bluetooth phone and audio. But the Escape also provides additional features that are not included or are available as options with the Cherokee. These include:

  • Rearview camera (standard on all models)
  • FordSync voice-command interface
  • MyKey parental controls
  • 6-speaker sound system

Both vehicles seat up to 5 passengers, although the new compact Ford crossover provides more front seat head and leg-room (39.9 inches and 43.1 inches) than the Jeep (39.4 inches and 41.1 inches), and more cargo capacity with 67.8 cubic feet to the Cherokee's 54.9.

That extra space is especially important to families, for example, providing for much more versatility.

While the price tags for these competing CUVs are close, with the Escape sporting an MSRP starting at $22,700, to the $22,995 of the Cherokee, the versatility provided by the roomier Ford crossover, along with its additional standard features, makes the Escape the better value.

Check Out the 2014 Ford Escape Today

We'd like to put you behind the wheel of the exciting new 2014 Escape at our Ford showroom near Schaumburg today. Arlington Heights Ford is located just 17 minutes from Schaumburg via IL-52 N, at 801 W. Dundee Rd., in Arlington Heights. Stop by and see us soon.

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