2017 Jeep Patriot vs 2017 Ford Escape
Many SUVs have the appearance of an off-road capable vehicle, but not all of them actually have the engineering it takes to adventure off the beaten path. For drivers who don't always want to be restricted by wherever the road takes them, the Jeep Patriot is a fantastic option for a new compact SUV. But how does the 2017 Jeep Patriot compare to another model in the segment like the 2017 Ford Escape? We'll help you find out.
Just about any compact SUV will offer an AWD or 4WD option, so it's no surprise that both the Patriot and Escape have such available drivetrains. That said, the Patriot stands out from the Escape by offering two different 4x4 options that are truly suitable for off-road driving. The first is known as Freedom Drive I and is an active system that can be locked into a 50/50 transfer of power to the front and rear wheels for improved low-speed control. An available Freedom Drive II system adds a locking Off-Road mode with grade-sensing features that boost the crawl ratio, perfect for the most rugged trail conditions. Moreover, the Patriot offers a manual transmission in addition to an automatic for those who require full control over their vehicle, whereas the Escape has only one automatic transmission available.
|2017 Jeep Patriot||VS||2017 Ford Escape|
|5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic or CVT||Transmission||6-speed automatic|
|Available Freedom Drive I or II||4WD||Available Intelligent Four Wheel Drive|
|Up to 104.4 cu. ft.||Passenger Volume||Up to 98.7 cu. ft.|
|From $18,040||MSRP||From $23,600|
The 2017 Patriot: Engineered for On-Road Comfort and Off-Road Adventure
But the Patriot shouldn't be misunderstood. Though it has true off-road capability, something not often found in the segment, it still delivers the on-road acumen you would expect for day-to-day driving. For one, the Patriot is surprisingly spacious, blowing away the Escape in maximum passenger volume with 104.4 cu. ft. of space.
On top of that, the Patriot offers the equipment you need for a comfortable and enjoyable ride. You may have noticed from the chart that the model starts at a considerably lower MSRP than the 2017 Escape. For a lower MSRP than the Escape's starting price tag of $23,600, drivers of the Patriot can have features like heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, illuminated cup holders, a 1 year subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a rear stabilizer bar.
By comparing the 2017 Jeep Patriot vs the 2017 Ford Escape, it becomes clear that the Patriot's ability for off-road adventure is more than just marketing talk. It truly offers the equipment drivers need for comfortable on-road driving and confident off-road exploration, all while being offered in a budget-friendly package. To learn more or to schedule a test drive, contact us today at Parks Motors.