2018 Ford EcoSport vs 2018 Chevrolet Trax

Front quarter of the 2018 Ford EcoSport parked by a park bench vs 2018 Chevrolet Trax parked in front of a brick wall

When looking for a brand-new vehicle, there are few models that are completely brand-new. However, this year drivers can take a look at the never-before-seen 2018 Ford EcoSport, the newest compact SUV from Ford. This brand-new model is one of the most exciting new additions to the Ford line-up, with a variety of features and the abilities that one would expect from a Ford. While buying a brand-new car can be exciting, many drivers want to know what they're getting into. A great way to determine if a vehicle you've never seen before is a good fit for you is to compare it with another vehicle that has been around the block a few times. In this case, you can compare the 2018 Ford EcoSport vs the 2018 Chevrolet Trax to see which vehicle has more performance options and interior space, two of the most important aspects to consider when looking at an SUV.

2018 Ford EcoSport


2018 Chevrolet Trax

Two Engine Options One
166 hp Maximum Horsepower 138 hp
42.9/36.7 inches Front/Rear Leg room 40.8/35.7 inches
50.0 cu.ft. Maximum Cargo Space 48.4 cu.ft.

Advantages of the 2018 Ford EcoSport

As a small SUV, most drivers probably wouldn't think that the 2018 Ford EcoSport has the same performance options that can be found on other, larger Ford models, and in a way, they'd be right. While you aren't going to get the same performance from a small SUV, the 2018 Ford EcoSport provides drivers with two different engine options that ensure that you'll be able to take the 2018 Ford EcoSport anywhere you need to. Both the 2018 Chevrolet Trax and the 2018 Ford EcoSport provide drivers with Four-Wheel Drive. However, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax only provides one engine option, a 1.4L four-cylinder engine that provides 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. While this engine provides more power than the standard 1.0L EcoBoost® three-cylinder that produces 123 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, it is no match for the available 2.0L four-cylinder engine that churns out 166 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque.

Another area where some might think that a compact SUV would be lacking is in the interior space. However, much like with the performance options, this isn't the case on the 2018 Ford EcoSport, which has plenty of room for both passengers and cargo. The 2018 Chevrolet Trax also provides a deceptive amount of space for a small vehicle, though it comes up short against the dimensions of the 2018 Ford EcoSport. For most passengers, the first thing that they notice when they get into a vehicle is the head and leg room. Most front rows provide a plethora of space, and the 2018 Ford EcoSport and 2018 Chevrolet Trax are no different, with both offering 39.6 inches of head room, and 42.9 inches of leg room from the EcoSport, and 40.8 inches in the Trax. These two diverge in the rear seats, with the 2018 Chevrolet Trax picking up 38.8 inches of head room while the 2018 Ford EcoSport tops out at 37.5 inches. As for the legs, you'll enjoy 35.7 inches in the Chevrolet Trax, but many will find the 36.7 inches in the 2018 Ford EcoSport much more comfortable.