2020 Ford EcoSport vs Honda HR-V
Subcompact crossovers like the 2020 Ford EcoSport and Honda HR-V draw you in with their friendly price tags and fuel efficiency. And these particular models are also known for their roomy accommodations, smart tech features, and peppy performance. Which subcompact crossover is more your speed? Let our comparison guide takes take you on a tour.
Interior Comfort: It’s a Tie!
You can tuck either of these extra-small crossovers neatly into a parallel parking space; their exterior dimensions are nothing if not city-friendly. And that’s why you might be surprised at how spacious they are inside. Both the 2021 Ford EcoSport and Honda HR-V offer impressive head- and legroom, no matter which seat you choose. And both models let you choose from stylish options, like heated seats and leather upholstery, for a hint of luxury at a very friendly price.
Technology: 2021 Ford EcoSport
Here, the EcoSport has the edge. Standard equipment includes a Wi-Fi hotspot and two USB ports. All but the base S come with a long list of infotainment features, including the Sync 3 system with its 8-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Better yet, all of these infotainment features are easy to use and quick to react to your input.
The HR-V is similarly equipped. Standard tech features include one USB port and a 5-inch infotainment touch screen (though no Wi-Fi modem). Upgrade one level up, to the Sport model, and you get a bigger, 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto technology. However, Honda’s infotainment interface is notoriously finicky, and the last thing you want to do when you’re speeding down the highway is jab recklessly at a touch screen.
Sporty Ride: 2021 Ford EcoSport
Of the pair, the EcoSport is much more fun on the road. For one thing, it’s quicker to get going, whether you choose the standard 123-horsepower three-cylinder engine or the optional 166-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Body roll is very controlled, leaving you feeling confident around expected twists and turns.
The HR-V only offers one engine; every trim model comes with a 141-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Just like the EcoSport, the HR-V offers all-wheel drive for improved traction on soft surfaces, like slippery winter roads or sandy trails. However, acceleration is not the HR-V’s strong point, and you may find yourself wishing that this crossover could get up to speed a little bit quicker (and quieter).
Fuel Efficiency: 2021 Honda HR-V
When it comes to fuel savings, the HR-V takes the lead. Front-wheel-drive versions of Honda’s extra-small crossover earn up to 30 mpg combined (28 city/34 highway mpg). With all-wheel drive, ratings drop slightly, to 29 mpg combined (27/31 mpg).
The 2020 Ford EcoSport isn’t far off, however. With the base 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, Ford’s subcompact is EPA-rated to earn 28 mpg combined (27/29 mpg). Upgrade to the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, and your EcoSport earns 25 mpg combined (23/29 mpg).
The 2021 Honda HR-V is a little bit thriftier, but it’s the 2021 Ford EcoSport that’s the best daily driver. Ford’s subcompact crossover gives you a great deal on a sporty performance, comfy cabin, and a fully array of tech features.