The 2018 Hyundai Kona and 2018 Ford EcoSport are two all-new subcompact crossover SUVs that are getting a lot of attention this year. Like similar vehicles such as the Honda HR-V, the Kona and EcoSport provide an elevated riding position and everyday utility, but are more maneuverable and typically less expensive than more established compact SUVs. Edmunds takes a look at each to determine which one holds a clear advantage.

Both the Kona and EcoSport start around the $20,000 mark and climb to about $27,000 at their maximum. The EcoSport is about 3 inches taller, but 3 inches shorter in length, too. Kia’s basic warranty covers the Kona for five years or 60,000 miles. Ford’s warranty for the EcoSport is shorter: three years or 36,000 miles.

Neither model is a powerhouse in the base trim level. The Kona starts you off with a rather lackluster 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The EcoSport’s 123-hp turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder is even less inspiring. However, both of these pint-size SUVs offer optional engine upgrades.

All-wheel drive is included with EcoSport’s upgraded engine and is an option for all Konas. You should also consider getting all-wheel drive on the Hyundai because it comes with an upgraded suspension, which gives the Kona more composed handling.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Kona maintains a fuel economy advantage of 2 mpg over comparable EcoSports.

When it comes to standard features, the Kona generally outpaces the EcoSport. Most items typically found on rivals are available on both SUVs, but the EcoSport requires that you add them as options or step up to the next trim level.

The Kona widens its features lead by offering more advanced safety features (forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and a driver attention monitor), a head-up display and a wireless charging pad. These are not available for any EcoSport.

According to the specifications, the EcoSport holds a marginal lead over the Kona for cargo capacity, with 20.9 cubic feet and 19.2 cubic feet, respectively.

In the real world, though, the Kona’s space is just as good, if not better.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona holds a definite advantage over the 2018 Ford EcoSport. The Kona offers superior performance, greater everyday usability, and more features for the money.