2018 Ford EcoSport Buyer's Guide
Starting price: $19,995 | Price yours
Segment: Subcompact SUV
Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
Horsepower: 123 or 166 hp
On sale: Early 2018
Slotting beneath the Ford Escape compact SUV in size and price, the new 2018 Ford EcoSport (echo-sport) is the latest entry in the fast-growing subcompact SUV segment that includes the Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3, top-selling Honda HR-V and others. We gave it a thorough inspection at its official unveiling, and Ford has released enough specs, features and prices to give us a good handle on how the EcoSport is going to fit into the segment when it arrives early in 2018.
Room to Move?
Even in subcompact form, cargo flexibility is among an SUV’s key strengths. The Honda HR-V is among the segment's roomiest entries, the Mazda CX-3 is among the smallest, and the Ford falls closer to the middle, offering about as much passenger and cargo volume as the Chevy Trax. These vehicles are all appreciably smaller than their compact SUV counterparts, so consider all your cargo and passenger needs when weighing your options. Our friends at Autotrader put together a nice EcoSport vs. Escape comparison, which might be useful.
Pick Your Power
The 2018 Ford EcoSport will be one of the few subcompact SUVs to offer a choice of engines. Based on power-to-weight ratios, it’s a safe bet EcoSport models with the smaller, 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine will be among the slower entries in the segment. And those fitted with the 166-horsepower 4-cylinder engine should be among the quicker entries. Fuel economy for the smaller engine is about average at 28 mpg combined, while the larger engine’s 25 mpg combined places it in the bottom half of the segment. Power always has its price.
Sync 3 Infotainment Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are staff favorites and a couple of our 10 Best Car Technologies of 2018, and here they're integrated into Ford's latest Sync infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen featuring swipe and pinch-to-zoom control.
Sync Connect and FordPass Lock, unlock or start your vehicle remotely, right from your smartphone. You can also track it down in a parking lot or check your fuel level.
MyKey This one is for the parents. Increase safety belt use, limit top speeds and decrease audio volume employing a variety of customizable restrictions.
Capless Fuel Filler No gas cap means one less thing to worry about.
Swinging Tailgate The EcoSport's tailgate is hinged on the side instead of opening upward like all the others'. Practically speaking the shortcomings will likely outweigh the advantages for most owners and situations, but the novelty factor holds some appeal.
2018 Ford EcoSport Exterior and Interior Pics
EcoSport Features and Prices
The EcoSport lineup is comprised of four trim levels. In addition to the standard feature highlights called out here, each trim is available with a variety of options. For instance, even the entry-level EcoSport S can be upgraded with the bigger 2.0-liter engine and all-wheel drive.
2018 Ford EcoSport S
Starting price: $19,995 | This Week's Fair Purchase Price
1.0-liter EcoBoost engine
6-speed automatic transmission
2 USB ports
Lower-tier Sync infotainment system
2018 Ford EcoSport SE
Starting price: $22,905 | This Week's Fair Purchase Price
Sync 3 infotainment system
Remote-sensing keyless entry and pushbutton start
Auto climate control
2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium
Starting price: $25,740 | This Week's Fair Purchase Price
Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert
2018 Ford EcoSport SES
Starting price: $26,740 | This Week's Fair Purchase Price
The sport-themed EcoSport SES features the more powerful 2.0-liter engine, all-wheel drive, sport-tuned suspension and a variety of sporty styling tweaks. It’s otherwise equipped like a well-optioned SE model, without the leather seating and premium audio of the Titanium version.
1.0-liter turbocharged (EcoBoost) 3-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 123 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 125 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed auto
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy: 27/29/28 mpg
2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 166 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 149 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed auto
Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy: 23/29/25 mpg
Drivetrain: Front- or all-wheel drive
Towing Capacity: 2,000 lbs
Base Curb Weight: 3,021 lbs (1.0L FWD) to 3,300 lbs (2.0L AWD)
Passenger Volume: 91.1 cu ft
Cargo Volume (behind first/second row): 50.0 cu ft/20.0 cu ft
Headroom (front/rear): 39.6 (max)/37.5 inches
Legroom (front/rear): 41.1/36.7 inches
Hip room (front/rear): 51.6/50.9 inches
Shoulder room (front/rear): 53.3/51.3 inches
Wheelbase: 99.2 inches
Length: 161.3 inches
Height: 65.1 inches
Width: 81.0 inches
If you'd like to get to know EcoSport on a deeper level, check out the small SUV's Brazilian roots,
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