The 2020 Ford EcoSport and Honda HR-V are the perfect size for zooming around busy city streets, but they’re also spacious enough for a fun-loving family of five. These subcompact crossovers have plenty in common, but our comparison guide is here to help you figure out how they’re different. We’ll help you choose the best model to suit your needs.
Comfiest Driver: It’s a Tie!
The 2020 Ford EcoSport and the Honda HR-V both supply the space and supportive seating that everyone wants in a daily driver. And both models offer various trim levels, which give you the means to upgrade the interior as you see fit. For instance, optional features like leather upholstery and heated front seats add extra style and comfort.
Best Tech Lineup
Best Tech Lineup: 2020 Ford EcoSport
Here, the EcoSport really shines. Every trim model comes standard with a Wi-Fi hotspot, two USB ports, and Bluetooth, keeping you connected in multiple ways. The EcoSport also offers Ford’s impressive infotainment system, Sync 3, with plenty of built-in functionality, including using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay features to display smartphone apps on its 8-inch touch screen.
The Honda HR-V also aims to make life a little easier, serving up complete smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, Honda’s infotainment system has become notorious for its finicky touch screen. If you’re someone who takes cutting-edge technology for granted, the slow-moving system may get on your nerves.
Zippy Performance: 2020 Ford EcoSport
In this segment, most models prioritize efficiency, and that means a lot of sluggish starts. But that’s not so with the EcoSport, a subcompact crossover that does an especially good job of combining fuel economy with athleticism. The EcoSport even offers a sporty trim model, the SES. The SES features an exclusive engine for extra speed, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated for 166 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque.
The Honda HR-V, on the other hand, doesn’t offer a sportier trim model. Instead, each of these Hondas comes standard with the same engine, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 141 horses and 127 pound-feet of torque. It’s not as fast as the EcoSport’s fastest engine, but it supplies enough power to keep up with traffic.
Most Efficient Ride: 2020 Honda HR-V
In the efficiency department, the HR-V gains a little ground. Honda’s subcompact crossover earns up to 30 mpg combined (28 city/34 highway mpg). However, the 2020 EcoSport is nearly as penny-pinching. In its thriftiest form, this little SUV is EPA-rated for up to 28 mpg combined (27/29 mpg).
The 2020 Ford EcoSport is our absolute favorite. Ford’s subcompact crossover is comfy and smart, giving you everything you need to navigate busy city streets in style. The 2020 Honda HR-V will save you a little extra at the pump, but the EcoSport has more pep in its step.