The 2020 Ford EcoSport and Toyota C-HR are favorites in the subcompact crossover segment, making it tough to choose just one. Both models are roomier than a sedan but still small enough to travel through cramped city streets with complete ease. And both are big on comfort and convenience. So which is right for you? Jarrett Scott Ford’s comparison guide has the info you seek.
Lowest MSRP: 2020 Ford EcoSport
The EcoSport can help you keep your monthly payments to a minimum. With a starting MSRP of just $19,995, Ford’s compact crossover is just about as budget-friendly as a new vehicle gets. The 2020 Toyota C-HR is only a little more expensive with a starting MSRP of $21,295.
Spacious Comfort and Modern Convenience: 2020 Ford EcoSport
Of the two subcompact crossovers, the EcoSport offers the best blend of on-road comfort and streamlined technology. For starters, the EcoSport is the more spacious model, giving all five passengers plenty of room to kick back and enjoy even a long trip. And standard features like the Wi-Fi hotspot and two USB charge ports make it easy to stay connected from anywhere.
The Toyota C-HR is also big on modern tech features. It, too, comes standard with Wi-Fi and one USB port. However, the C-HR cabin isn’t nearly as spacious, which could put a damper on carpooling. Like the EcoSport, however, the C-HR puts plenty of cushioning on its seats to create lasting passenger support.
Sportiest Drive: 2020 Ford EcoSport
If you’re looking for some sporty crossover action, the EcoSport is more your speed. In addition to optional all-wheel drive, Ford’s subcompact crossover also offers an engine upgrade, taking you from its standard 123-horsepower cruise to a speedier 166-horsepower ride.
The Toyota C-HR only offers one engine four-cylinder option, giving you steady acceleration with 144 horses. However, if you’re looking for a little extra traction on icy pavement or dirt trails, you should note that the C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive at all.
Thriftiest Performance: 2020 Toyota C-HR
When it comes to at-the-pump-savings, the C-HR will get you a little further. This Toyota crossover is EPA rated for 29 mpg combined (27 city/31 highway mpg). The Ford EcoSport is only slightly less efficient, however, earning up to 28 mpg combined (27/29 mpg) with front-wheel drive and 25 mpg combined (23/29 mpg) with all-wheel drive.
The 2020 Toyota C-HR is the thriftier crossover, but it’s the 2020 Ford EcoSport that has more of what most drivers want in a compact crossover. This little Ford gives you sporty performance options, spacious seating, and high-tech features at an especially great price.