Trying to choose between the 2020 Ford EcoSport and Honda HR-V? Both subcompact crossovers have earned a rep for blending thrifty comfort with sporty capabilities. Before you make a final decision, feel free to take a closer look at each model, courtesy of our comparison guide.
Comfiest Ride: It’s a Tie!
Although these models fall into the subcompact crossover segment, the 2020 Ford EcoSport and Honda HR-V both put a big emphasis on passenger space. In each model, both seating rows offer enough space to spread out and enjoy the ride. Also, these crossovers offer upscale items – like leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and seat heaters – for even more in sophisticated comfort.
Friendliest Tech Lineup: 2020 Ford EcoSport
Ford does the best job of keeping you connected. The EcoSport’s standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot comes in handy when your smartphone bars are wearing thin. And the Sync 3 system delivers everything you want in infotainment technology: a user-friendly 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and intuitive voice controls.
We’re also big fans of the EcoSport’s driver information display, standard on all but the base model. It’s configurable, so you can view whatever data speaks to your daily drive. The display even gives you tutorials to better understand its many features.
When it comes to infotainment, the 2020 Honda HR-V is similarly equipped. Although it doesn’t offer a Wi-Fi hotspot, Honda’s subcompact crossover features standard Bluetooth audio connectivity. All but the base model come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 7-inch touchscreen display. We have to say, however, that Honda’s infotainment menus aren’t as intuitive as the Ford versions.
Sportiest Performer: 2020 Ford EcoSport
Unlike the HR-V, the EcoSport offers extra power with its optional powertrain. The sporty EcoSport SES model ups the ante with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 166 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque. This model also comes standard with all-wheel drive, giving you a drive that’s both sportier and safer.
Every Honda HR-V comes standard with the same engine: a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that supplies 141 horses and 127 pound-feet of torque. It can’t quite keep up with the EcoSport SES, but it’ll get you around in a straightforward manner. All-wheel drive is also an option for the HR-V, helping North Charleston drivers brave rainy weather and even the occasional snowstorm.
Thriftiest Commuter Crossover: 2020 Honda HR-V
The new Honda HR-V has plenty to offer, but the 2020 Ford EcoSport gives you more in sporty performance and user-friendly technology. You’ll also love its roomy cabin and modern comfort. To test-drive the 2020 EcoSport, visit us at Jones Ford in North Charleston.