Despite not making many changes going into the 2021 model year, the Toyota C-HR and Ford EcoSport have carried over their previous fan favorite features. These crossovers are roomy, have a lot of interior tech options, and are reliable vehicles.
The Toyota C-HR comes with a whole suite of active safety features. Comparatively, the EcoSport base model has minimal active safety offerings.
Whether you're team Android™ or Apple®, these competitors have Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ multimedia compatibility to keep all parties entertained.
Find out which crossover provides a unique driving experience and sports features that will leave its passengers and onlookers impressed.
Published Date: 11/17/2021
Every new model year brings newer and better features. It's no surprise that the 2021 C-HR has some of the latest driver-assistance features out there.
The C-HR comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 (TSS 2.5) suite of active safety features. TSS 2.5 includes features like a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Automatic High Beams (AHB),, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Road Sign Assist (RSA).
The Ford EcoSport also has a safety suite called Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology. However, unlike the Toyota C-HR, the included safety features depend on the model you buy. The base model EcoSport S has AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, Four-Wheel Disc Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Hill Start Assist, a Rear-View Camera, and the Emergency Brake Assist System. Additionally, the Reverse Sensing System is included with the EcoSport SE and higher. There aren't any similar Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Road Sign Assist (RSA), or Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) features mentioned as available on the Ford specs page.
These safety suites cover the basics. More advanced features like Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) also come standard on the C-HR XLE and higher. To get the BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert on the EcoSport, you'd need the Titanium or SES. Or, this feature is available on the SE for an added package cost.
When these features were put to the test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2021 C-HR received an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation when equipped with LED projector headlights. The EcoSport hasn't been rated by the IIHS since 2018, where it didn’t receive any top safety award.
After you see the inside of the C-HR, you'll always be the first to volunteer to drive.
You and your friends can play your favorite tunes with the C-HR's standard Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ compatibility, Amazon Alexa, and a 3-month Platinum Plan trial subscription of SiriusXM®. The Ford base model EcoSport S lacks Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and SiriusXM® compatibility. To get that standard, you'd need the SYNC® 3 package, which is standard with the EcoSport SE or higher. Ford misses out on Amazon Alexa integration entirely.
All models of the Toyota C-HR feature an 8-in. touchscreen to display all of these apps. A similar 8-in. touchscreen is available with the EcoSport SE or higher. The EcoSport S has the basic SYNC® multimedia package, which only comes with a 4.2-in. display.
To keep things comfortable, the C-HR comes standard with a dual zone automatic climate control system. EcoSport drivers will have to upgrade to the SE model for Electronic Automatic Temperature Control. Otherwise, the EcoSport S has Single Zone Manual Air Conditioning.
Buying a new car is a big investment. Know you're getting the most out of your Toyota with the help of the ToyotaCare plan.
All models of the C-HR come with ToyotaCare. This program includes factory-scheduled maintenance that lasts for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Roadside Assistance is included under ToyotaCare for two years and unlimited mileage. The Ford EcoSport has a maintenance program as well, but it's not standard and it costs extra. You do get Ford Roadside Assistance for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Similarly, both the C-HR and EcoSport come with three-year/36,000 mile basic warranties and five-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranties to help keep your crossover in top shape.
All of the added maintenance benefits and warranty coverage led to Toyota earning the Best Resale Value Brand for 2021 from Kelley Blue Book®.
While both of these vehicles are fun to look at, it's the standard features that set them apart.
For a starting MSRP of $21,695, C-HR drivers get all of the active safety features included in Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 (TSS 2.5). The EcoSport doesn't offer as many driver-assistance technologies. Most of the advanced safety features are included on the SE, which starts at $23,960.
The same goes for audio connectivity. Utilize Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ compatibility, which are standard in the C-HR. For the Ford EcoSport, you'll need to open up your wallet a little wider to spring for a higher end model to get similar offerings.
All and all, if you want to spend less to get more, the Toyota C-HR is our pick.