2020 Ford EcoSport
2020 Nissan Kicks
|123 - 166 HP||Horsepower||122 HP|
|125 - 149 LB-FT||Torque||114 LB-FT|
|50 CU. FT.||Cargo Volume||32.3 CU. FT.|
Small crossover vehicles have boomed in popularity in recent years as drivers seek the utility of an SUV without moving up to the larger size of one. Small crossovers provide the perfect combination of the capabilities of an SUV with the performance, maneuverability, and fuel economy of a small car. Also, their more diminutive footprints translate to prices that are often thousands of dollars below their larger counterparts. As a result of their popularity, the small crossover market has become quite crowded, which can be overwhelming if you're eyeing such a vehicle as your next purchase. However, if you like driving a vehicle that's slightly higher off the ground than a typical car, offers loads of cargo space, and interior passenger room, then two offerings in this class rise to the top: 2020 Ford EcoSport vs 2020 Nissan Kicks.
Both vehicles have a lot to offer and to help you make your decision easier, let's take a closer look at a few aspects of both crossovers side-by-side to explore what they have in common and more importantly, what the differences are which put the 2020 Ford EcoSport on top.
Starting With the EcoSport
A five-passenger crossover that slots in below the Escape in Ford's lineup, the EcoSport is available in four different trim levels: the S, SE, SES, and Titanium. The S, SE, and Titanium models are equipped with front-wheel drive and get a turbocharged 1.0L EcoBoost engine which generates 123 horsepower. Optional for those models and standard on the SES trim is all-wheel drive as well as a more powerful 2.0L Ti-VCT engine that gets up to 166 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque. Across the trims, all engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Starting With the Base Trim
The base S model is decently equipped with features that drivers have come to expect, and its shortlist of standard features aligns with its affordable price. It includes 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, blind-spot mirrors, cruise control, height-adjustable front seating, 60/40 split rear seats, an integrated cargo cover, Bluetooth connectivity, a 4.2-inch display, and a six-speaker audio system.
The EcoSport SE
Moving up to the SE adds in LED running lights, fog lights, roof rails, body-color accents, rear parking sensors, sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, climate control, an upgraded information display, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, larger 8-inch touchscreen display with Ford's Sync 3 interface, satellite radio, and integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A convenience package for the SE is available, which adds features such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, ambient lighting within the cabin, GPS navigation system, and an improved seven-speaker audio system.
The EcoSport SES
The SES model puts the "sport" in EcoSport with the addition of more performance-minded features like larger 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, a rear spoiler, and sport-tuned suspension, black exterior styling elements heated steering wheel and leather upholstery. A black appearance package tweaks the exterior styling with a black roof, spoiler, and hood decal, giving it a more sleek and commanding look.
The EcoSport Titanium
Drivers seeking the most luxurious version of the EcoSport will want to take a look at the top of the line Titanium model. It starts out by building upon the base of the SE's convenience package but also adds in chrome exterior trim, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, leather upholstery, and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen Play premium audio system with HD radio.
The 2020 Nissan Kicks
Alternatively, the Kicks is only available in three trim levels - S, SV and SR - and the choice of engines is unfortunately limited to just one, a 1.6L four-cylinder which generates 122 horsepower, which is married to a continuously variable automatic transmission which provides power to the front wheels only. Unlike the EcoSport, all-wheel drive is not available on the Kicks.
The Kicks S
The base S model starts things off with push-button start, automatic headlights, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth, a touchscreen display, USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system.
The Kicks SV
The SV trim level adds in larger 17-inch wheels, roof rails, heated mirrors, keyless entry and remote start, driver information display, automatic climate control, cargo cover, satellite radio, and connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Kicks SR
The top-level SR gets all of the upgrades found on the SV, plus LED headlights, rear roof spoiler, a 360-degree parking camera, upgraded cloth upholstery, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. A premium package is also available for the SR, which includes an upgraded eight-speaker Bose audio system, simulated leather seating, and heated front seats.
Cargo Space in the EcoSport
As with its larger sibling the Ford Escape, the EcoSport is well-suited for today's active lifestyles and for those always on the go. 20.9 cu.ft. of cargo space provides plenty of room to bring all of the gear and is on par or even larger than some of its competitors in this class. This total space increases to an impressive 50 cu.ft. with the rear seats folded down. A left-hinged tailgate is ideal for loading items into or out of the EcoSport at curbside. Inside the cabin, small-item storage is plentiful via a deep center console and pockets in the doors.
Cargo Space in the Kicks
While Nissan's offering provides more overall cargo space than Ford's at 25.3 cu.ft., it falls behind when it comes to cargo-carrying versatility. The rear seats fold back, but lack of a center pass-through prevents the loading of longer items, and smaller storage spaces are less functional than on the EcoSport.
Technology Features on the 2020 Ford EcoSport
Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system is fast and easy to use while also adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The high-definition screen on the navigation display is sharp and sophisticated, making it easy and clear to read the screen when glancing away from the road. The optional Bang & Olufsen audio system will appeal to audiophiles with its crisp, booming sound. A WiFi hotspot is a valuable asset for crossovers in this price range. The automatic climate control will make everyone feel comfortable, and for those drivers in the colder parts of the country, the EcoSport's seat heaters warm up fast to keep you toasty on those cold morning drives into work.
While the EcoSport does include a rearview camera, the blind-spot monitoring system is optional, and as a whole, this vehicle falls a bit behind the competition a bit when it comes to advanced safety features.
Technology Features on the 2020 Nissan Kicks
Nissan's offering lacks an available built-in navigation system, but aside from that, it does include most everything a modern smartphone driver would ever need. Three USB ports are standard, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are optional on the SV level and higher. One issue that drivers might have to deal with on bright sunny days is the reflectivity of the touchscreen display, which can cause quite a bit of unwanted glare when viewed in direct sunlight.
The Kicks does include a 360-degree surround-view parking camera in addition to its other standard driver aids, but such a feature might not be an essential requirement for some buyers on a vehicle this small.