In the 2018 Ford EcoSport and Honda HR-V, you're never short on family-friendly comfort or sporty utility. Which of these subcompact crossovers is your best ride to work? Check out our comparison guide for more info.
Seat Comfort & Refinement: 2018 Ford EcoSport
Ford's all-new crossover is our pick for passenger comfort. The EcoSport is officially classified as a subcompact crossover, but inside you'd never know it. Generous head- and legroom keep your growing family comfortable for hours at a time. Both rows of seating supply wide, supportive cushioning, so your officemates will look forward to your carpool days.
The Honda HR-V gets high marks for space, especially backseat space. The nifty rear Magic Seat can fold up and swing out of the way, creating extra cargo space. If there's no one in the front passenger seat, you can even rearrange the Magic Seat to create a rear-seat lounger. Still, this crossover is not as refined as its fellow Honda models. On the highway, the HR-V is especially prone to cabin noise.
Best Tech Lineup: 2018 Ford EcoSport
We like Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system, which includes a crisp 8-inch touchscreen and responsive voice-control technology. Moreover, the EcoSport takes the cake with its cutting-edge smartphone integration features. Unlike the HR-V, the EcoSport offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities. Because this technology displays smartphone apps on your central touchscreen, there's no need to look down at your smartphone.
Although you won't find complete Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on the HR-V, the HondaLink infotainment system includes smartphone capabilities. It covers the basics, like hands-free calling and music streaming. As far as HondaLink is concerned, we do wish there were fewer menus to sort through to get to the feature you seek.
Most in Utility: 2018 Ford EcoSport
The EcoSport is certainly a sporty subcompact crossover, offering all-wheel drive to help you maintain traction on wet pavement. You'll also love this crossover's responsive handling, which is a boon on twisty roads.
You can also add all-wheel drive to your HR-V for a better grip on wintery roads. However, unlike the EcoSport - which uses a six-speed automatic transmission - the HR-V has a continuously variable transmission. You'll find it's a bit lacking in the acceleration department.
Thriftiest Performance: 2018 Honda HR-V
The HR-V's continuously variable transmission may be on the loud side, but it certainly saves you the most on fuel. It helps this crossover earn up to 28 city/34 highway mpg.
The 2018 Ford EcoSport does a fine job balancing fuel economy with sporty performance. With front-wheel drive, this crossover earns max ratings of 27/29 mpg.
In the end, the 2018 Ford EcoSport is our first choice. Ford's brand-new subcompact crossover was designed to combine modern comfort with a sporty, yet fuel-efficient ride - and it does just that. We're also big fans of its tech features, which give you complete smartphone integration without distracting you from the road ahead. The EcoSport's sporty all-wheel-drive performance gives you the confidence you need to travel through seasonal weather.