|Base Horsepower (HP)
|26 / 31
|Max Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
|27 / 29
|Max Passenger Space (cu.ft.)
Small, fuel-efficient, and still as practical as any other SUV, both the 2020 Chevy Trax and the 2020 Ford EcoSport work to provide a simple, and more compact SUV driving experience. That said, only one ought to be considered the better buy. While both of these compact SUVs have a relatively low-entry price point, they give drivers a variety of trims to choose from, and have the option for front-wheel drive; they are far from created equal. On the one hand, the Chevy Trax starts at a sticker price of $21,300 MSRP and offers three trims, the LS, LT, and Premier. Meanwhile, the Ford EcoSport has an entry-level price of $19,995 and has four trim levels: the S, SE, Titanium, and SES. If you’re in the market for a new SUV, you should ensure that your purchase decision is the right one. When it comes to deciding between the 2020 Chevy Trax vs 2020 Ford EcoSport, there is a lot to consider, but at the end of the day, only one comes out on top. These are two SUVs that strive to meet a similar demand, and only one does so with flying colors.
The 2020 Chevy Trax isn’t a very large car, which is why you don’t need a lot of engine power to propel it forward. Measuring in at 167.2-inches in length, 69.9-inches in width, and over 64-inches in height, the Chevy Trax is bite-sized compared to other SUVs in its family.
Across the three trims, you can expect a single, reasonably capable engine. This engine is a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that dishes out 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. This turbocharged powertrain receives assistance from a 6-speed automatic transmission and is paired with front-wheel drive on the base models of the Trax. That said, if you want better control and handling when road conditions are less than favorable, you can also purchase a Chevy Trax with all-wheel drive.
With the Chevy Trax, you can expect some solid fuel economy ratings, which makes this compact SUV a solid commuter should you decide to use it for that purpose. The base model, which uses front-wheel drive earns 26 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway, and an incredible 28 MPG combined. When you throw on all-wheel drive, you’ll earn 24 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highway, and 26 MPG combined. What results, is a compact SUV that blends the best of both worlds: SUV-level utility and compact car fuel-consumption.
What can you expect in the way of performance from a compact SUV like the 2020 Ford EcoSport? Well, like the Chevy Trax, the Ford EcoSport isn’t very big. In fact, the Ford EcoSport is smaller than it’s Chevy counterpart, measuring in at 161.3-inches in length, 69.5-inches in width, and 64.8-inches in height. While these measurements aren’t too far off of the Chevy Trax, you’ll get a much smaller engine.
The EcoSport comes standard with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which accompanies a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. This engine performs well, but not too well at only 123 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. Although, it is fortunate, that you can upgrade the performance of the Ford EcoSport, which is something you can’t necessarily do in the Chevy Trax. Spend a little more, and you’ll get a 2.0-liter Ti-VCT engine, which produces up to 166 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque.
You can also improve the performance of the EcoSport with four-wheel drive, which does make handling much smoother all around. That said, this engine doesn’t gain much power over what’s offered as standard in the Chevy Trax. With these two engines, it is important to note that drivers can only have front-wheel drive with the 1.0-liter engine and four-wheel drive with the 2.0-liter engine. This is something Trax drivers won't have to worry about.
The fuel economy for the Ford EcoSport is a little lower than on the Trax. With the 1.0-liter engine, drivers can expect 27 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highway, and 28 MPG combined. For the 2.0-liter engine, drivers can expect up to 23 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highway, and 25 MPG combined.
The Chevy Trax may be small on the outside, but it is plenty spacious on the inside. While the compact SUV measures 167.7 inches from end to end, interior passengers can enjoy 40.8-inches of legroom in the front and 35.7-inches in the back. And all of that passenger capacity translates well for cargo room. Behind the second row of seats, you’ll get 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space. If you fold the rear seat down, that cargo spacing expands to 48.4 cubic feet. Interior furnishings in the Chevy Trax are pretty well-rounded, too, with cloth trim as standard and synthetic leather in higher trims.
While the interior of the Chevy Trax may be roomy and comfortable, there is plenty of technology available that makes riding in the cabin of this compact SUV a truly remarkable experience. For instance, base models come standard with a 7.0-inch touch-activated infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Other baseline features include power door locks, a four-way manual driver’s seat, and climate control. Things get luxurious fast in the Chevy Trax. Step up to the LT model, and you’ll get remote start, tinted windows in the back, and cruise control. When you step all the way up to the Premier model, you’ll get to enjoy a helping of comfort features, including heated front seats, an audio system designed by Bose, and a moonroof.
The 2020 Ford EcoSport is rather bare when it comes to its offering of comfort and convenience features. Although, you do get to start out with plenty of room. Front passengers get a spacious 42.9 inches of legroom, and if you’re sat in the back, you’ll be able to enjoy 36.7 inches of foot space. Cargo space is a slight step above the Chevy Trax, with 20.9 cubic feet behind the second row of seats, and 50 cubic feet of room when you fold that rear seat down. Like the Chevy Trax, you’ll also get cloth seats in base models, with the option for higher-grade materials in upper trim levels.
Things start to fall off when you look to the technology side. S models get a very sparse serving of technology, the most high-tech feature being a stereo system that allows for Bluetooth streaming, and the two attached USB ports. Although, if you want to install more into your S model, you can for an extra price, which can give you features like a spare tire, all-wheel drive, and remote start. Higher trims do add a bit more, with the SE giving drivers a 6.5-inch touch infotainment system, satellite radio, and automatic climate control. Although, if you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, you’ll have to pay top-dollar for the Titanium trim, which comes with a bigger and smarter infotainment system.
In the Chevy Trax, base models start with a decent array of basic safety features, including airbags, a rearview camera, and stability control. Although, if you want something a little more advanced, you’ll have to take a step up the trim-option ladder. For instance, in the Premier trim you’ll get features like lane-departure warnings, which will alert you when you’re vehicle is drifting outside the lane lines in the road. You’ll also find a forward-collision warning system, which can alert you if there is a potential accident in the works. These features combined provide drivers with some pretty significant awareness when out on the road.
While other manufacturers are incorporating smart safety features into their SUVs, the Ford EcoSport provides the bare minimum in safety features. While you can get the typical standard safety features, you'll also get blind-spot monitors in the SE model, which is about the extent of safety technology packed into the Ford EcoSport. Besides the limited technology, you can expect the standard of seatbelts and airbags.