Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2018 Ford EcoSport OVERVIEW
The compact crossover segment continues to grow at an alarming rate and Ford wants to keep things fresh with the 2018 EcoSport. The compact vehicle enters the segment with peppy powertrains, the latest tech features, and a decent amount of cargo space. The vehicle also has a sharp design and a high-up seating position, both of which are important to today’s consumers.
What's New for 2018
The Ford EcoSport is an all-new model for 2018.
Choosing Your Ford EcoSport
Built off Ford's compact B-segment platform, the 2018 EcoSport utilizes two small powertrains. The standard engine is a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost unit. A naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is also offered for an additional $1,500. Both pair to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive is standard. The upgrade to the 2.0-liter engine includes intelligent four-wheel drive.
Ford hasn't released official power figures for the engines yet, but the EPA has released fuel-economy figures for the crossover. The 1.0-liter engine is rated to get 27 miles per gallon city and 29 mpg highway. The 2.0-liter powertrain isn't as fuel efficient, with a rating of 23 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
Despite being Ford's smallest SUV, the EcoSport emphasizes cargo capacity. The vehicle has 60/40 fold-flat rear seat backs, allowing for larger items to fit into the back while retaining some of the seats. The EcoSport also has a standard Cargo Management System that features an adjustable load floor and shelf, giving owners a customizable solution to stowing cargo.
The EcoSport is available in four different trims:
As a compact crossover, the entry-level EcoSport trim is economically equipped. Moving up to the SE trim brings some much-needed creature comforts to the vehicle. The SE Convenience Package is a worthy upgrade, while consumers living in colder climates should also opt for the Cold Weather Package.
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