2020 Ford EcoSport vs 2020 Chevy Trax – Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2020 Ford EcoSport

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    Starting at

    $19,995

    2020 Chevy Trax

    A green 2020 Chevy Trax is angled right on a white background.

    Starting at

    $21,300

    20.9Minimum Cargo Space (cu.ft.)18.7
    50Max Cargo Space (cu.ft.)48.4
    2Available Engines1

    Just because you want an SUV doesn't mean you necessarily wish to have something large. With the continued expansion of the crossover market, there is definitely one that will fit the size requirements you have in mind. The 2020 Ford EcoSport is a crossover that is designed with the handling of a sedan, and the safety and performance features of a larger SUV. This way, you'll still have the wheelbase of a sedan, but more cargo space, leg, and headroom, than a car. The 2020 Chevy Trax competes with the EcoSport in the model space, so you'll want to compare the two together to figure out which is right for you. To help, here is a comparison of the 2020 Ford EcoSport vs 2020 Chevy Trax crossovers. 

    From the start, it is evident that the Ford EcoSport starts at a lower price point than the Chevy Trax. The EcoSport's advantages don't stop there, though. There are more trims available for the EcoSport, making it more customizable. Plus, there are more and stronger engines for the EcoSport than the Chevy Trax. No matter what angle you look at it from, the EcoSport is seemingly the best option. But let's look further into the details.

  • Performance

    A red 2020 Ford EcoSport is driving on a snowy road outside Cincinnati, OH.

    There is no denying the importance of performance in crossover vehicles. When you are looking in this market, you want a smaller car with the same capabilities of a larger SUV. These two vehicles have different engines and drivetrains, so we are going to look at how they compare.

    Ford EcoSport Engines

    With the Ford EcoSport, you will have the choice of two engines. Your engine choice will be determined on if you want the front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive drivetrain. All front-wheel-drive EcoSports, regardless of the trim, use a 1.0L Turbo I3 that produces 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. If you decide to go with the 4x4 design, you'll receive a 2.0L I4 that produces 166 hp and 149 lb-ft of torque.

    Chevy Trax Engine 

    Unlike the EcoSport, the 2020 Chevy Trax comes with the same engine regardless of drivetrain. This engine is a 1.4L I4 Turbo that produces 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. The EcoSport's 2.0L Turbo I4 has significantly more power than that. 

    Drivetrains

    The Chevy Trax uses an all-wheel-drive drivetrain while the Ford uses four-wheel-drive. Despite sounding similar, the two are different. Four-wheel-drive allows each wheel to function separately from the other. With all-wheel-drive, all four wheels will drive at the same time. While both are helpful when driving on a slick road, four-wheel-drive is generally better because each wheel can perform as it needs to, because sometimes one wheel does need greater traction support. With this in mind, the 4x4 Ford EcoSport has not only a better engine than the Chevy Trax, but it has the better drivetrain as well.

  • Entertainment

    The steering wheel and dashboard are shown of a 2020 Ford EcoSport.

    Both Ford and Chevy take the entertainment features they offer seriously. You'd be surprised by how poorly some other companies perform in this category. We wouldn't be surprised if there were some out there offering 8-track players! But with growing technology, drivers want all the features they can get out of a vehicle. Luckily, these two are ready to serve.

    Staying Entertained in the EcoSport

    Well, with the Ford EcoSport, you won't have any standard 8-tracks, but you will land several other special features. These include an AM/FM stereo, MP3 compatibility, AUX input jack for connecting your favorite external devices via a 3.5mm headphone cable, smart device integration via Bluetooth (for those without a headphone jack), and a WiFi hotspot.

    If you haven't had a vehicle with WiFi yet, you'll be amazed at just how much better your driving experience will become. Thanks to WiFi, you will be able to stream all of your favorite applications, plus you'll be able to access additional features about your car using your smartphone. This way, when you're away from it, you can check in on your EcoSport.

    When you go with the top-tier trim on the Ford, you'll have the Ford SYNC infotainment system (it is available on less expensive trims as well). This system comes with all the same features you receive with the base trim, plus a premium sound system HD radio, satellite radio, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Basically, if you don't want physical media (CDs), you will land everything you'll want with the EcoSport, including a standard navigation system.

    Chevy Trax Entertainment

    As for the Chevy Trax, your entertainment system will feature the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. This comes with AM/FM stereo, an AUX jack, MP3 compatibility, smart device integration via Bluetooth, WiFi, and your system will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This way, you can pair up the important applications and silence the ones that will only distract you while driving. This feature also helps with hands-free driving, because not only is operating with a cell phone in your hand dangerous, but it's an excellent way to land an expensive citation.

    The Premier Chevy Trax trim comes with similar features, including everything the base offered, plus satellite radio and a premium sound system. However, unlike the EcoSport, it does not come standard with HD radio or a navigation system.

  • Safety

    A silver EcoSport is driving into the mountains having won 2020 Ford EcoSport vs 2020 Chevy Trax.

    There are all kinds of safety features now available for vehicles. Technology is providing an opportunity to make cars safer than they have ever been. And you don't need to buy a luxury import to land these kinds of functions. In fact, both Ford and Chevy offer some of the best standard safety features of any manufacturer anywhere.

    EcoSport Safety

    The 2020 Ford EcoSport comes standard with driver, front head, front side, passenger, rear head, and rear side airbags, plus four-wheel ABS and disc brakes. You'll also find child safety locks, electronic stability control, brake assist, daytime running lights, and traction control, all as standard features on the base EcoSport. If you did end up in an accident though, no worries, Ford provides SOS post-crash alert systems standard across all trims.

    With the EcoSport Titanium trim, you'll receive the same standard features, plus cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and integrated turn signal mirrors. These features are great because while they are not necessary to driving, they keep the driver more aware of the surroundings, creating an overall safer drive. 

    Safety in the Chevy Trax

    The 2020 Chevy Trax comes standard with driver, front head, front side, passenger, and rear head airbags, plus four-wheel ABS. However, while it does have front disc brakes, the rear are drum brakes. Drum brakes are inferior to disc brakes as drums are more likely to overheat, which will then cause weathering issues with the brakes. There is no real advantage to drum brakes over disc other than price. And yet the Trax costs more than the EcoSport, so you'll be paying more for inferior brakes on the base Trax. 

    Beyond the brakes, though, the Trax comes with electronic stability control, child safety locks, daytime running lights, and traction control. With the top-tier Chevy Trax, you are upgraded to disc brakes for the front and back. It also comes with cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring.

    In general, both Chevy and Ford have led the way with the quality safety features offered. However, for this particular model, the Trax is a letdown. The fact that you need to purchase an upgraded trim to get out of the drum brakes situation is disappointing. You also don't receive that many additional safety features on the base as well. So while the EcoSport outperforms the Trax in the other categories, it completely dominates the Trax in the safety category. So if safety is a concern to you, which it usually is, you'll want to go for the EcoSport.

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