Article_Normal, Partner Content, Motor Vehicles, Passenger Cars, Automotive, Cars, Political/General News, Living/Lifestyle, Personal Finance, Partner_Content

Article_Normal, Partner Content

The 2021 Kia Seltos vs. the 2021 Ford EcoSport —which is better?

The 2021 Kia Seltos vs. the 2021 Ford EcoSport —which is better?

6/18/2021 12:28:00 PM

The 2021 Kia Seltos vs. the 2021 Ford EcoSport —which is better?

A comparison of these two subcompact SUV crossovers could come down to price — or the size of your garage.

Above average: Optional turbo engine; all-wheel drive (AWD) is standard on all but one trim; roomy interior; great warranty.Below average: Base S version missing active safety features in lieu of standard AWD; 2.0-liter engine’s CVT.Consensus: The 2021 Kia Seltos slots between the Soul and the Sportage in the Kia 000270, +1.03% lineup. We like the turbo engine. All but one trim come standard with AWD. A locking center differential gives these models some off-road capability.

Americans' optimism about country's direction over next year drops nearly 20 points since May: POLL Rubio rips DHS discrepancy between Cuba, Mexico: Where was Mayorkas' warning for Rio Grande crossers? What to know about antibody tests in a post-vaccine world

2021 Ford EcoSport 2021 Ford EcoSport starting price: $19,995Above average: Available AWD; nimble handling; easy to park.Below average: Fuel economy; acceleration; tight interior confines.Consensus: Subcompact SUVs are popular, but the 2021 Ford F, -1.66% EcoSport has a hard time against some of the competitors in this segment. Lacking many of the driver-assist systems that are standard on most of its rivals makes the EcoSport a tough buy.

Seltos vs. EcoSport: Affordably is the keyKia Seltos The 2021 Kia Seltos is a new model that sits between the Soul and the Sportage. Unlike the Soul, which is front-wheel drive (FWD) only, the Seltos comes standard with AWD on all but the S trim (where it’s optional).

A 2.0-liter base engine paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) makes a modest 146 horsepower, but there’s also a spunky 175-hp turbo 1.6-liter with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic in the top-spec SX. EPA combined estimates with the 2.0-liter are 31 mpg (FWD) and 29 mpg (AWD). The turbo with AWD is 27 mpg.

You might like: The new VW Taos takes it to the next level for under $25kThe Kia’s squared-off shape makes for a roomy cabin with an adult-size rear seat and 26.6 cubic feet of luggage space that expands to 62.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The ride and handling are agreeable if not particularly sporty.

An 8-inch touchscreen with Apple AAPL, +1.26% CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, while a 10.25-inch unit with navigation is exclusive to the SX.Forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, and driver-attention monitor safety features are on all but the LX, which substitutes standard AWD to keep the same entry-level price as the S.

The EX and SX get a power driver’s seat, heated seats, wireless charging, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.Ford EcoSport The EcoSport is one of the smallest SUVs on the market. Front-wheel-drive versions are powered by a tiny 1.0-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder that musters 123 horsepower. AWD versions get a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 166 horsepower.

A 22-foot spaceman sculpture has landed in the Caribbean Sea Can a motorcycle-hailing company create an African super app? French Lab-Grown Meat Startup Makes Foie Gras More Appealing Than Ever

Both use a 6-speed automatic, and while the EcoSport can feel quick enough in town, acceleration at highway speeds is labored. Fuel economy is disappointing at just 27/29 mpg city/highway (FWD) and 23/29 mpg (AWD). The EcoSport’s chassis tuning, at least, lives up to the name with its nimble handling, and its small footprint enables easy parking.

A narrow cabin makes the EcoSport feel cramped, and there are just 20.9 cubic feet of luggage space behind the rear seat. That expands to 50 cubic feet with the seat backs folded, and access to the cargo hold is via an older-style side-hinged door.See: The best cars for new college grads

An easy-to-use 8-inch touchscreen (in all but the base car) includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and Waze integration. Navigation comes on the SES and Titanium trims. Those two models also get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, which is optional on the SE. Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are not available, however — glaring omission.

Similarities Starting price; modest power from the base engine.2021 Kia Seltos advantages Turbo engine’s acceleration; interior space; long warranty.2021 Ford EcoSport advantages Low starting price; ease of parking.Which one is right for me? The 2021 Kia Seltos offers a long list of standard features, especially the AWD setup that comes on all but one trim. It also has fresh styling and plenty of cargo room. Also worth considering is Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Check out: The 25 most fuel-efficient SUVs of 2021If your garage is ultrasmall or parking space is at an absolute premium, the 9-inch-shorter 2021 Ford EcoSport may have an advantage. It also offers a lower price of entry. Read more: MarketWatch »

Unvaccinated snow leopard at San Diego Zoo catches COVID-19

A snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo has contracted COVID-19

NONE Both are trash cars this is terrible news

49 Famous Gay Couples You May Or May Not Know Are Together In 2021An A-to-Z guide of LGTBQ couples. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' -MLK

WIF & The Black List Unveil Participants For 2021 Feature ResidencyEXCLUSIVE: WIF (Women In Film Los Angeles) and the Black List revealed the six aspiring screenwriters set to participate in the 2021 Feature Residency. The program, a joint effort between both orga…

Cat Serial Killer and Deportation Horror Projects Among Highlights at Frontières 2021 Genre Market (EXCLUSIVE)With the horrible specter of COVID still hanging over the world, the folks at the Frontières co-production market were a little concerned that their genre submissions would be heavily virus-centric… 🧡🧡

The Best E3 Trailers of 2021E3 2021 is officially done, so it's time for us to look back at all the new videogame trailers and decide what ads impressed us the most. Because we live to be impressed by ads.

The Best Books to Read in Summer 2021Book lovers like Kaia Gerber and Jenna Bush, join authors including Brit Bennett and Kevin Kwan, to recommend recently released and upcoming books for a great mid-summer read Not the influencers you think they are. horrible The best work of fiction to date has to be the pandemic doesn't it? Oh and the best work of non fiction goes to GeorgeOrwell's book 1984 written so many years ago as a work of fiction that has manifested into non fiction reality.

Juneteenth 2021: What the Holiday Represents and How to CelebrateEverything you need to know to celebrate, protest and binge-watch. The Eighth of August is Emancipation Day in Tennessee.