If you’re in the market for a crossover SUV, there are a lot of options out there. Today we’re looking at the Ford EcoSport and Mazda CX-3. Both have virtues we admire, but when it comes down to getting the most bang for your buck, the Ford EcoSport has a clear advantage. In this comparison guide, we look at the real reasons why people choose an SUV and see whether the EcoSport or the CX-3 takes the cake.
Price: 2020 Ford EcoSport
One of the distinct advantages of buying a small SUV instead of a larger one is the price. And when comparing prices, the 2020 EcoSport has the edge over the CX-3. This year, the Ford EcoSport starts at $20,485. For your money, you get these standard features: 4.2-inch screen, two USB ports, six-speaker audio system, cloth upholstery, four-way manually adjustable front seats, Wi-Fi hotspot (new for 2020), the MyKey driver system, and rearview camera.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Mazda CX-3 starts at $21,685, or $1200 more than the EcoSport. There’s only one trim level of CX-3 this year as Mazda makes way for the all-new Mazda CX-30. We still haven’t heard everything that’s standard on this slimmed-down offering, but we do know the i-ACTIVSENSE Package is now standard equipment.
Cargo Space: 2020 Ford EcoSport
The reason to buy an SUV over, say, a sedan is that extra cargo room. The trunk of a car usually can’t compete with the versatility of a sport utility vehicle. But which of these compact SUVs has more storage? The 2020 Ford EcoSport wins with 20.9 cubic feet behind the back seats compared to the 12.4 cubes in the CX-3. Folding the back seat down offers more for both, but if you’re anything like us, those back seats are probably in use most of the time.
Towing Capacity: 2020 Ford EcoSport
One thing that definitely sets apart sport utility vehicles from sedans is the fact that sedans don’t tow. In that way, the 2020 Ford EcoSport easily wins this comparison. Its towing capacity maxes out at 2,000 pounds, which is excellent for a small SUV. Meanwhile, the CX-3 is more like a sedan--it’s not equipped to tow any amount of weight.
If you’re looking for a well-rounded compact SUV, the 2020 Ford EcoSport is a good fit.