Ford EcoSport

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; 3-cylinder engine is noisy and somewhat underpowered

CG Says: Ford enters the subcompact crossover market with the 2018 EcoSport (pronounced “Echo Sport”). Although the EcoSport is 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 technology features include Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, and connectivity features via the FordPass mobile app. Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert is standard, but forward collision warning/mitigation, lane-departure warning/mitigation, and adaptive cruise control are unavailable. The EcoSport is something of a “placeholder” for Ford; it’s a foreign-market vehicle pressed into service in America until Ford can field a subcompact-SUV competitor that’s been designed from the ground up for U.S. buyers. This pint-sized crossover is not without its charms, but it is missing some safety features, the side-hinged cargo door can be a liability in close quarters, and the 3-cylinder engine is noisy as it strains to provide adequate acceleration. An all-wheel-drive EcoSport is probably your best bet.

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 - 4
80%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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