North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Jeep Patriot Near Jasper, GA

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Jeep Patriot

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium offers optional Active Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Patriot doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Escape Titanium’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Patriot doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Escape (except S)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Patriot doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Escape (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Patriot doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Escape Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Patriot doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Escape has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Patriot doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Escape and the Patriot have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Jeep Patriot:





5 Stars

3 Stars




5 Stars

3 Stars




Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

1208/944 lbs.




4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

277 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

453/192 lbs.

424/605 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Patriot:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

26 cm

27 cm

Femur Force R/L

.5/1.1 kN

6.73/2.03 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Tibia index R/L



Tibia forces R/L

1.7/2.2 kN

2.8/4.2 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Jeep Patriot:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

128 G’s


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

54 G’s

57 G’s

Hip Force

649 lbs.

809 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

18 inches

19 inches




Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

822 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 38 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Escape’s reliability will be 21% better than the Patriot.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Patriot isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Patriot:




Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Patriot 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

158 HP

141 lbs.-ft.

Patriot 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

172 HP

165 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Escape is faster than the Jeep Patriot 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):


Escape 1.5

Escape 2.0


Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

2.2 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.2 sec

7.1 sec

10 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

16.5 sec

12.8 sec

17.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.7 sec

7.8 sec

10.4 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4.6 sec

3.7 sec

5.1 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

6.6 sec

5.1 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

15.6 sec

17.7 sec

Top Speed

114 MPH

116 MPH

112 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape FWD with its standard engine gets better highway fuel mileage than the Patriot FWD Auto with its standard engine (29 hwy vs. 26 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape EcoBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Patriot doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Escape has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Patriot 4WD’s standard fuel tank (15.7 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Escape has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Patriot FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.7 vs. 13.6 gallons).

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Patriot doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Patriot:



Escape EcoBoost


Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

11 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

The Ford Escape has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Patriot. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes, which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Escape stops much shorter than the Patriot:





70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

168 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Patriot (235/55R17 vs. 205/70R16). The Escape’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Patriot (235/55R17 vs. 215/60R17).

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Patriot’s standard 70 series tires. The Escape’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Patriot Latitude/Limited’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Patriot. The Escape’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels on the Patriot Latitude/Limited.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Patriot doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Patriot doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Patriot (105.9 inches vs. 103.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escape is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Patriot.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Patriot Latitude 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.9 seconds quicker than the Patriot Sport 4x4 (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 30.2 seconds @ .51 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

For excellent aerodynamics, the Escape has standard flush composite headlights. The Patriot has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Patriot doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the Patriot Latitude 4x4:




At idle

39 dB

41 dB


75 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 2.5 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Patriot.

The front step up height for the Escape is 1.5 inches lower than the Patriot (16.8” vs. 18.3”). The Escape’s rear step up height is 1 inches lower than the Patriot’s (17.5” vs. 18.5”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Patriot with its rear seat up (34 vs. 23 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Patriot with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 53.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Patriot’s liftover is 30.7 inches.

The Escape’s cargo area is larger than the Patriot’s in every dimension:




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Escape also (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The Patriot doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Escape has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Patriot doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When three different drivers share the Escape Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Patriot doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape Titanium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Patriot doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Escape’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Patriot.

The Escape’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Patriot’s optional power window’s switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches.

The Escape’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the Patriot.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Patriot doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access standard on the Escape Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Jeep Patriot doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Patriot’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Escape Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Patriot only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Escape has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Patriot only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escape Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Patriot doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Escape has standard power remote mirrors. The Patriot only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Escape Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Patriot doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Escape SE/Titanium has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Patriot doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Escape SE/Titanium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Patriot doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Escape and the Patriot offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Patriot doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Patriot doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Escape allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, tagging songs to buy them later, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Patriot doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Patriot doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Patriot because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Patriot, including $44 less for a water pump, $262 less for an alternator, $70 less for a starter, $61 less for fuel injection and $4 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Patriot isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Ford Escape outsold the Jeep Patriot by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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