2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2019 Ford EcoSport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The EcoSport doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the HR-V and the EcoSport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

Reliability

The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the EcoSport have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the HR-V’s reliability 21 points higher than the EcoSport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 3 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

The HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (141 vs. 123) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (127 vs. 125) than the EcoSport’s standard 1.0 turbo 3 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda HR-V is faster than the Ford EcoSport turbo 3 cyl.:

 

HR-V

EcoSport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

10.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

29.1 sec

39.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.8 sec

10.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.4 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

78 MPH

Top Speed

117 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the HR-V gets better fuel mileage than the EcoSport:

 

 

 

MPG

HR-V

 

 

 

 

FWD

1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

LX 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

 

 

Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

EcoSport

 

 

 

 

FWD

1.0 turbo 3 cyl.

27 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda HR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The EcoSport with the 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The HR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The HR-V stops much shorter than the EcoSport:

 

HR-V

EcoSport

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the HR-V has larger tires than the EcoSport (215/55R17 vs. 205/60R16).

The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the EcoSport’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the HR-V has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the EcoSport.

The Honda HR-V’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford EcoSport only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The HR-V has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The EcoSport doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the HR-V’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the EcoSport (102.8 inches vs. 99.2 inches).

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the EcoSport Titanium pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The HR-V Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The EcoSport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The HR-V has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the EcoSport (100.1 vs. 91.1).

The HR-V has 1.5 inches more front hip room, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the EcoSport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the HR-V’s rear seats recline. The EcoSport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the EcoSport with its rear seat up (24.3 vs. 20.9 cubic feet). The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the EcoSport with its rear seat folded (58.8 vs. 50 cubic feet).

The HR-V’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The EcoSport’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

Ergonomics

The HR-V’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The EcoSport’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The HR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the HR-V’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the EcoSport’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

For greater rear passenger comfort, the HR-V has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The EcoSport doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The EcoSport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the HR-V is less expensive to operate than the EcoSport because it costs $9 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the HR-V than the EcoSport, including $93 less for a muffler, $24 less for front brake pads, $64 less for fuel injection, $67 less for front struts, $532 less for a timing belt/chain and $263 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda HR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford EcoSport isn't recommended.

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