The 2022 Ford EcoSport adopts standard all-wheel-drive in response to consumer preference for all-weather capability. The previously optional 2.0-liter engine is now standard as well. Ford's smallest vehicle, the EcoSport debuted in 2018.
Choosing your Ford EcoSport
The EcoSport continues in four trim levels: S, SE, SES, and Titanium. Pricing starts at $23,335 including destination and goes to $29,690 for the Titanium.
Last year's tiny 1.0-liter turbo base engine has been dropped, leaving the 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the sole engine. It generates 166 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. With all-wheel drive now standard, every EcoSport is EPA-rated at 23 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The EcoSport is a subcompact crossover with seating for five. As expected in a vehicle this size, rear legroom is merely passable. The EcoSport can accommodate up to 20.9 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seat and 50 cubic feet with it folded, which is typical for this class. Instead of a traditional liftgate, the EcoSport features a swing-out tailgate that opens like a regular door.
The EcoSport has always been light on driver assistance technology. The S carries the government-mandated review camera only. The SE adds rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is available in the $1,495 SE Convenience Package. This feature is standard on the SES and Titanium. Automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control still aren't available on any trim.
The EcoSport S is one of the few vehicles left without a touchscreen. Instead, there's a 4.2-inch audio display screen, plus six speakers, two USB ports, and Wi-Fi capability. The SE gains an eight-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The SE Convenience Package includes navigation, seven speakers, and a household-style power outlet. These items are standard on the SES and Titanium. A 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system is exclusive to the Titanium.
The S comes with basics like cloth upholstery, keyless entry, cruise control, and automatic headlamps. The outside wears black body trim and 16-inch aluminum wheels.
The SE receives a major infusion of popular features, including heated front seats in upgraded fabric, automatic climate control, a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated side mirrors, fog lights, roof rails, wiper de-icers, and front LED accent lighting. The SE's exterior is enhanced by silver grille trim and body-color door handles and mirrors. In addition to its aforementioned features, the SE Convenience Package adds ambient interior lighting.
For a different visual vibe, the SE Appearance Package ($495) adds 17-inch shadow silver wheels and orange interior trim and seat accents, plus a six-way power driver seat.
The SES goes in a sporty direction with firmer suspension tuning and 17-inch black wheels with matching body trim. The power driver seat is standard, along with automatic wipers and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Seats are upholstered in ActiveX, a synthetic leather-like material.
The Titanium takes on an upscale air with chrome exterior trim, an upgraded center console, perforated ActiveX seats, and 17-inch dark stainless wheels. Other equipment is shared with the SES, with the addition of the Bang & Olufsen system.
The 2022 Ford EcoSport in S trim is too austere for most buyers. Unless you must have AWD at the lowest possible price, the well-equipped SE is the wiser choice. The SES and Titanium add some distinction to the EcoSport formula for those willing to pay for it.