With their city-friendly dimensions and sporty performance, the 2019 Chevrolet Trax and Ford EcoSport certainly travel in style. But which should you choose? Our comparison guide has the answers.
Premium Comfort & Style: 2019 Chevrolet Trax
In the comfort department, the Trax takes a definitive lead. For starters, seating is comfortable and supportive, so you can spend hours on the road without longing for a break. Back in the EcoSport, you may wish the front seats had a bit more lateral bolstering.
Still, both crossovers turn up the luxury (depending on how much you want to spend). For example, you can add rich leather upholstery and cozy heated seats to both the Trax and the EcoSport.
All the Tech Features: 2019 Chevrolet Trax
Chevy is known for delivering the tech goods, and the Trax is certainly no exception. Every trim gets savvy infotainment gear, including a Wi-Fi hotspot, the MyLink infotainment interface, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone capabilities at no extra cost.
In the EcoSport, you can get the same kinds of technology, like Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system. However, you do have to pay extra for it. While Bluetooth connectivity and a 4.2-inch central display screen are standard, you have to upgrade to get the good stuff. That means you have to pay extra for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the 8-inch central touchscreen.
Modern Utility: 2019 Ford EcoSport
The EcoSport is the better choice for drivers who can never manage to pack light. Behind the rear seats, Ford’s compact crossover supplies 20.9 cubic feet for your gear. Back in the Trax, you get slightly less space for your luggage and everyday items, with 18.7 cubes behind the rear seats.
Sportiest Ride: 2019 Chevrolet Trax
Just because your subcompact crossover is a nice fit in city-size parking spaces doesn’t mean the Trax can’t also give you the sporty performance you deserve. The Trax delivers the best of both worlds, with rush-hour-friendly dimensions and a sporty performance to get you around in style. With 138 horses and 148 pound-feet of torque, its turbo four-cylinder engine provides plenty of pickup.
The EcoSport lags behind a bit because its base engine only delivers 123 horses and 125 pound-feet of torque. Still, both crossovers offer optional all-wheel drive, which adds to their overall sportiness and on-road safety.
Thriftiest Commuter: It’s a Tie!
Both the 2019 Chevrolet Trax and the Ford EcoSport earn up to 28 combined miles per gallon. The Trax does a little better on the highway, with an EPA breakdown of 26 city and 31 highway mpg. And the EcoSport does a little better around town, giving you up to 27/29 mpg.
The EcoSport definitely makes our short list, but the 2019 Chevy Trax is ultimately our favorite subcompact crossover. Check it out. We think you’ll agree that its street-smart tech features, roomy seating, and sporty performance make the grade.