The 2018 Ford EcoSport supplies a choice of engines, generous utility and some of the expected technology for a budget price. This subcompact SUV has a clear-cut style. Its low starting price makes it an attractive gateway product for the Ford brand, although it lacks most of the advanced safety technology commonly available today.
The 2018 EcoSport is a small crossover that seats five. It’s available in S, SE, SES and Titanium trims. A turbocharged three-cylinder engine comes standard; a four-cylinder engine powers some models. The base engine comes with front-wheel drive only; all-wheel drive is an option with the inline-four.
Ford’s EcoSport is new to the North American market, although the current generation of this model traces its roots to 2012.
The 2018 Ford EcoSport parallels the design theme of other Ford models with its bold front fascia that wears a horizontal grille. But the rest of its look demonstrates a different styling direction, similar to a tall hatchback. The curved headlamps brush back to the EcoSport’s raised shoulders; a rising beltline supplies a sporty touch. At the rear is a tailgate, hinged on its left side, a design similar to the first-generation Toyota RAV4, but without the attached spare wheel on the door.
Standard equipment includes halogen headlights, 16-inch aluminum wheels and power-controlled side mirrors. Among the available features are projector beam headlamps with LED daytime running lights, fog lamps, a roof rack, heated side mirrors, 17-inch wheels and a power moonroof with a sunshade.
Ford says the 2018 EcoSport seats five, but it’s ideal for four. Even then, with a tall driver, the amount of rear legroom diminishes considerably. The standard storage space measures 20.9 cubic feet and expands to a generous 50 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.
We like the EcoSport’s high seats, which come covered in cloth in base models and are wrapped in leather and cloth on the Titanium and SES trims. The front seats offer sufficient padding and bolstering, and the rear 60/40-split fold-down seat sits slightly higher and offers adequate support.
The interior features the widespread use of plastics and has stalks and buttons commonly found in base Ford products 10 years earlier. Front sight lines are very good, but the back view is partially obscured by the upswept rear roof pillars. Wind noise seeps in near the front pillars; otherwise, this SUV sufficiently absorbs road noise.
All models come with power windows, power door locks, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column and air conditioning. Upgrades include a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard second-row seats and a cargo management system with a net and an organizer.
Ford EcoSport shoppers have a choice of a turbocharged three-cylinder engine or a four-cylinder powerplant. The base engine comes with front-wheel drive only, while the optional engine offers all-wheel drive.
The standard EcoSport has a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that makes 123 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. All trims offer an optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of 166 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission works alongside both engines.
Fuel economy ranges from 27/29 mpg city/highway with the base engine to 23/29 mpg with the inline-four. These numbers are below average for this segment. Front-wheel drive models can pull 1,400 pounds, and the all-wheel-drive model has a 2,000-pound tow rating.
Our test model came with the four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. Even with the added power of the larger engine, this SUV moves at a leisurely pace. The six-speed automatic transmission is the strong point here, as it delivers predictable shifting on demand. Steering is light to the touch, while handling is unremarkable. Braking is firm and confident; body rolls during turns is limited. Overall, the EcoSport offers a satisfactory ride.
The Ford EcoSport comes with a standard six-speaker audio system with a 4.2-inch color display and two USB ports. Optionally, Ford offers a 6.5-inch color display or an 8-inch color display, as found on the two top-trim Ford EcoSport models.
Ford offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, neither of which are offered in the competing Toyota C-HR. Also available is a Wi-Fi hot spot, a remote start system and seven- and nine-speaker audio packages.
Except for a standard rearview camera and available rear parking sonars, the EcoSport lacks most of the advanced driver-assist features commonly offered elsewhere, including adaptive cruise control. Only the top-trim SES has lane keep assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2018 Ford EcoSport S starts at $19,995, plus a $995 destination charge. Opt for all-wheel drive, and that’s an automatic upgrade to the four-cylinder engine, adding $1,595 to the base price.
Choosing the SE trim ($23,000) adds a power moonroof with a sunshade, a reverse sensing system, an upgraded infotainment system and automatic climate control. The Ford EcoSport Titanium ($25,880) delivers 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, leather-trimmed seats, a nine-speaker B&O Play audio system and voice-activated navigation. For either model, add $1,500 for all-wheel drive. The top-trim SES ($26,880) comes with standard all-wheel drive and adds a sport-tuned suspension, lane keep assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
Ford prices the 2018 EcoSport with such models as the 2018 Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. It comes in slightly below the cost of the Chevrolet Trax. Our test model was the EcoSport Titanium with the four-cylinder model. As equipped, this model retails for $28,325. We think most shoppers should begin their search with the SE trim and choose the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive with a price of $24,995, plus destination.
The 2018 Ford EcoSport arrives late to the segment, delivering an SUV that seems a step behind the competition. That said, the Ford EcoSport’s price represents an affordable entry point to the brand, slotting beneath the popular Ford Escape in an effort to reach more budget-minded customers. We think choosing the larger engine is the best choice, which also supplies the option of all-wheel drive.
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User Reviews for 2018 Ford EcoSport
by Charlie on June 20, 2019
"So far has been a very enjoyable car, have received complements on its style. It is a very tight car, my only problem has been the space between the pedals (gas and brake) the seem to be to close together, would like to see a little more separation between them."
comfort wise this s strictly a two person car, no back seat room, however with the back seats in the down position PLENTY of cargo room
I was expecting a better gas mileage rating. My old Focus would average 34 to 36 MPG while on this car I am average 29 MPG
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