The Car Connection Ford Ecosport Overview
The Ford Ecosport is a small crossover that skips the SUV pretense all together. Its small footprint, along with its 3- or 4-cylinder engine, mean that it's likely to live between the lines, in the city.
It was new to America for the 2018 model year, but the Ford Ecosport is a global crossover sold here on Ford's home turf. The version sold in the United States is based on a model assembled in about half a dozen plants and sold in virtually every market worldwide.
American-market Ecosports are assembled in India. Not much has changed with the small hatchback since it was new.
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Designed to square off against rivals like the Mazda CX-3 and the Chevrolet Trax, the Ecosport is a small five-seat crossover with limited cargo space and a tight second row of seats. But its pint-size dimensions make it decidedly city-oriented here. Instead of a liftgate like its rivals, the Ecosport features a swing-out tailgate. In some markets, that tailgate has a spare tire festooned to it, but the American Ecosport does without a spare. That's not necessarily unusual; most rivals do without a fifth wheel and tire as well.
Global Ecosports come in at around 167 inches from head to toe, making them quite a bit smaller than the brand's Escape. For comparison, the Escape is about a foot longer, with most of that space dedicated to the rear seat and the cargo area.
The Ecosport is based on the Ford Fiesta's platform, which gives it decent handling. Ford offers a choice between 1.0-liter turbo-3 and 2.0-liter inline-4. Only the 4-cylinder model is offered with all-wheel drive. Both engines are mated exclusively to 6-speed automatic transmissions.
The Ecosport is offered in four trim levels—S, SE, SES, and Titanium. The SES model includes a specially tuned sport suspension and copper-tinted interior and exterior accents, but it is offered only with the 2.0-liter engine and all-wheel drive.
On the tech front, the Ecosport packs a lot for a small vehicle. An 8.0-inch touchscreen shows off Ford's updated Sync 3 system and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 10-speaker B&O Play audio system is included on the Titanium, too.
The Ecosport has fared poorly in crash tests, and does not offer equipment such as automatic emergency braking.
Ford made no changes other than color to the 2019 model. The 2020 model was essentially unchanged.