There’s a lot to love about the 2018 Ford EcoSport. Not only is its teeny-tiny crossover exterior the perfect fit for a parallel parking space, but its interior is stacked with awesome comfort and convenience features. On the road, the fun doesn’t stop. You’ll love this small crossover’s punchy engine options and easygoing handling. Basically, the EcoSport is the total package.
The Fun Starts with the Price Tag
With an MSRP of just $19,995, this sporty crossover will work with just about any budget, whether you’re a teenager working for your first car or you’re a mom saving for her kids’ college tuition. Even with its wallet-friendly price, though, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on a thing. The 2018 Ford EcoSport delivers the goods, with nice cabin materials and an impressive array of smartphone integration gear.
Fun to Drive in Any Situation
This peppy crossover offers two engines, both of which add to the EcoSport’s fun-to-drive nature. The 2018 Ford EcoSport S, SE, and Titanium trim models come standard with a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. It makes 123 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, so you can get up to speed in snappy fashion, but without going over-budget on fuel costs. In fact, this engine and its smooth-shifting automatic transmission earn 27 city/29 highway mpg. That means excellent fuel economy for your next road trip.
Then there’s the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which pumps up performance with 166 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque. This sporty engine is standard on the EcoSport SES and optional for the rest. If you decide to go with this engine upgrade, you won’t regret it, especially if you love to feel the wind in your hair.
When it comes to steering and handling, you can expect big things from this small crossover. It inspires true driver confidence as you zip around turns, minimizing body roll like a good crossover should.
Road-Trip-Style Comfort for Family Fun
When you pack your family and friends into the EcoSport, you can look forward to a comfy stretch on the road. The first thing you’ll notice about the cabin is the supportive driver seat. It delivers the perfect amount of softness, along with the bolstering you need for hours of on-road comfort. The mid-grade EcoSport SE and up come standard with dual-zone climate control. This system maintains two different temperatures, one for the driver and one for the front passenger, adding to the perfect road trip.
Smartphone-Friendly Tech Gear
Keeping up with friends is always fun, and the Ford EcoSport lets you do so without lifting a finger from the steering wheel. Most EcoSport trim models come standard with Ford’s street-smart Sync 3 infotainment system. It includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface and handy voice controls, making it easy to use the system even when you’re trying to balance driving with keeping your kids happily occupied.
Sync 3 also includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, smartphone integration features that keep you connected even as they keep you from being distracted by your phone. For starters, this technology displays smartphone apps – like your phone, maps and text messaging apps – on the central touchscreen. This is a cool feature because you can use your phone’s maps app as a navigation system. You can also use your smartphone’s excellent voice controls, whether Siri or Google Assistant, to do stuff like switch playlists or call home.
More Fun with Tech Features
The EcoSport is brand new for the 2018 model year, so it’s also loaded with all the latest goodies. Bluetooth keeps things simple, giving you the ability to connect your phone to the central system without any wires whatsoever. Every EcoSport comes with two USB ports, which means you can charge all your favorite devices during road trips. Every model but the entry-level S comes standard with keyless entry and ignition, smart technology that helps you hit the road in style. You’ll also love the satellite radio, which adds to your entertainment options.
You’ll also love this small crossover’s Convenience package. You can add it to the EcoSport SE or enjoy everything in it as standard on the SES and Titanium trims. In it, you’ll find interior ambient lighting to give the cabin a soft glow after the sun goes down. The Convenience package also features a 110-volt household-style power outlet, which is perfect for when your passengers want to use their laptops from the road.
Safety Features for Peace of Mind
The EcoSport has a few safety tricks up its sleeve, giving you a peaceful trip up the highway. For starters, this crossover earned impressive crash-test scores, including a perfect five-star rating in government side-crash tests.
Every model comes with a rearview camera. It boosts visibility as you back out of a tight spot in a busy parking lot. The optional auto-dimming rearview mirror reduces glare automatically, so you can keep your cool after dark.
Add the blind-spot alert for extra vigilance on the highway. This system lets you know when there’s a vehicle in your blind spot, so you can switch lanes like a total pro.