2018 Ford EcoSport

Pros: Available connectivity features; multiple configurations for cargo area

Cons: Some modern safety features are not available; side-opening tailgate may not suit all buyers

CG Says: Ford enters the booming subcompact crossover market with the 2018 EcoSport (pronounced “Echo Sport”). Although new to the American market, Ford has sold similar versions in global markets for a number of years. The EcoSport is Ford’s smallest SUV, with an overall length that’s 17 inches shorter than the Ford Escape’s. It is unique in its class by having a side-hinged tailgate instead of the typical top-hinged liftgate. Front-wheel-drive EcoSports are powered by a 123-horsepower turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine, while all-wheel-drive versions have a naturally aspirated (non turbo) 166-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. Both engines have fuel-saving auto start/stop and are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Models ascend through base S, SE, sporty SES, and luxury Titanium; all can be had in all-wheel-drive form. SES comes standard with the 2.0-liter four, all-wheel drive, and sport suspension. Titanium comes with leather upholstery, navigation, and premium sound system. Available high-tech features include SYNC3 infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and connectivity features via the FordPass mobile app. Available safety features include blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts. We have not yet tested the Ford EcoSport.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture India
Base Prices S: $20,990
AWD S: 22,490
SE: $23,900
AWD SE: $25,400
AWD SES: $27,735
Titanium: $26,735
AWD Titanium: $28,235

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder (front-wheel-drive models)
Horsepower
123
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (all-wheel-drive models)
Horsepower
166
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Ford EcoSport
2018 Ford EcoSport
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - NA
0%

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