The 2020 Ford EcoSport vs. The 2020 Mazda CX-3
There are two key players in the competitive compact SUV segment: the 2020 Ford EcoSport and the 2020 Mazda CX-3. Because both vehicles have so much to offer, deciding between the two can be difficult. That’s why we’ve collected the facts to help you make an informed decision.
2020 Ford EcoSport vs. 2020 Mazda CX-3
Both the EcoSport and CX-3 are available in a variety of trim levels. The Ford comes in four grades: S, SE, SES, and Titanium. Three versions of the Mazda – including GX, GS, and GT – are available.
Deciding between the EcoSport and CX-3 on looks alone is nearly impossible. Each of the SUVs offers modern styling, attractive wheel options, and a bold front grille. But the Ford distinguishes itself with the available SES Black Appearance package. Included in the bundle, you’ll find a black-painted roof, a black hood decal, and a blacked-out spoiler.
Inside, both SUVs offer seating for up to five passengers. The EcoSport has 2,580.9L of passenger volume, while the CX-3 provides 2664L of cargo volume. Furthermore, the Ford offers 1,090L of first-row legroom and 933L of second-row legroom. By comparison, the Mazda provides 1,058L and 888L of legroom, respectively.
Also, if you’ve got more gear than occupants, the Ford has you covered with 592L of cargo volume behind the second-row, compared to 572L in the Mazda. You’ll also find innovative touches, such as the cargo management system and an outward swinging tailgate, onboard the EcoSport.
While the CX-3 has only one available engine option – a 2.5L four-cylinder (186 hp, 186 lb.-ft.) – the EcoSport provides two choices.
The first engine the Ford offers is an ultra-efficient EcoBoost 1.0L turbocharged three-cylinder (123 hp, 125 lb.-ft.). If you’re looking for a little more power, you can opt for the available 2.0L four-cylinder (166 hp, 149 lb.-ft.).
Both the EcoSport and the CX-3 come with a 6-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel-drive. All-wheel-drive is available on either of the SUVs.
It’s also worth noting that the Ford offers an available SES sport-tuned suspension. The setup provides exceptional handling, reduced body roll, and incredible driving experience.
Key standard features
The EcoSport has certain standard features that are either unavailable or only available as an upgrade on the CX-3. Examples include 4G LTE Wi-Fi, remote start and Ford Telematics and the SYNC3 infotainment system. The Ford also offers many exclusive available features, many of which can be found in the SE convenience package.
Which should you choose?
As was mentioned earlier, deciding between the EcoSport and the CX-3 can be difficult. Both SUVs offer eye-catching styling, generous standard equipment, and surprisingly roomy interiors. The EcoSport, however, offers a better use of interior space and more diverse powertrain options.
That’s why you should stop by Grogan Ford Lincoln in Watford to test drive the 2020 Ford EcoSport. Once you take the popular SUV for a spin, you’ll know it’s the right choice.