Untrue, we specifically bought a 17 escape, as you could still get the 2.0 ECOThe top of the line Wrangler, actually is the 'worst' ride because it is the most off-road capable. Most vehicles are the opposite, the higher the trim-level/cost the better the ride.
without going Titanium, that mandates lower profile tires and 18' rims. They handle better,
but definitely ride worse than 17's with more sidewall (also bend rims easier, which was
a bigger concern, since she seems to aim for those monster potholes).