2018 Ford EcoSport

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Ford EcoSport. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Cute-ute styling fits with Ford showroom
  • Very nice interior materials
  • Lots of headroom
  • Large cargo area with seats folded
  • Sync3, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available
  • Sync3, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available

The Bad

  • Side-hinged rear swing gate not good for urban parking
  • Unknown horsepower figures
  • Lesser trim models won’t have 8-inch screen
  • Cargo room is tight with seats up
  • Unknown fuel economy ratings

Notable Features of the 2018 Ford EcoSport

  • New five-passenger subcompact SUV
  • Two engines, one automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Built in Chennai, India, for global markets
  • Side-hinged rear swing gate, not hatchback

2018 Ford EcoSport Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

SUVs continue to dominate the market in all shapes and sizes, and Ford is expanding its lineup of offerings with the 2018 EcoSport. The smallest SUV that Ford has in its global showroom, the EcoSport has been on sale for almost a decade in other parts of the world, mostly developing markets such as Brazil, India and Eastern Europe. Now the company will be importing the subcompact SUV from a plant in Chennai, India. It will slot below the Escape and Edge, and compete with diminutive offerings such as the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke.
 

New for 2018

The resemblance to the rest of Ford's lineup is clear as the EcoSport features the same front-end shapes and style as the bigger Escape and Edge, with the trapezoidal grille that adorns just about everything else in the Ford lineup from the Focus to the Mustang. The rest of the EcoSport, from the A-pillar back, looks like a traditional "one box" design, with an upswept beltline and blacked-out wraparound rear glass that looks a lot like a Buick Encore.

Four trim choices will be available: S, SE, SES and Titanium, with the SES designated as the "sporty" trim with unique styling elements. All models will feature a swing gate instead of a traditional upward opening hatch, hinged on the left side to allow for easier curb loading. Ten exterior color choices will be available.

Interior

Inside, the EcoSport features a unique floating display panel front and cent...

Vehicle Overview

SUVs continue to dominate the market in all shapes and sizes, and Ford is expanding its lineup of offerings with the 2018 EcoSport. The smallest SUV that Ford has in its global showroom, the EcoSport has been on sale for almost a decade in other parts of the world, mostly developing markets such as Brazil, India and Eastern Europe. Now the company will be importing the subcompact SUV from a plant in Chennai, India. It will slot below the Escape and Edge, and compete with diminutive offerings such as the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke.
 

New for 2018

The resemblance to the rest of Ford's lineup is clear as the EcoSport features the same front-end shapes and style as the bigger Escape and Edge, with the trapezoidal grille that adorns just about everything else in the Ford lineup from the Focus to the Mustang. The rest of the EcoSport, from the A-pillar back, looks like a traditional "one box" design, with an upswept beltline and blacked-out wraparound rear glass that looks a lot like a Buick Encore.

Four trim choices will be available: S, SE, SES and Titanium, with the SES designated as the "sporty" trim with unique styling elements. All models will feature a swing gate instead of a traditional upward opening hatch, hinged on the left side to allow for easier curb loading. Ten exterior color choices will be available.

Interior

Inside, the EcoSport features a unique floating display panel front and center to house the 8-inch touchscreen that uses Ford's latest Sync 3 multimedia system, standard on the Titanium models. Lesser trims get either a 4-inch or 6-inch screen mounted in the same location with Sync 3 an option. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also will be offered, as will the FordPass app that allows connection and management of the car's systems via a smartphone. Audio supplier Harman has teamed up with B&O to offer B&O Play, standard on the Titanium model, a 675-watt premium audio system featuring 10 speakers, including a subwoofer.

The interior is also designed for versatility, with as many as 30 cubbies, hooks and storage bins throughout the cabin. The second-row seats fold and stow for increased cargo room, and combine with a false floor board in the cargo area to create a flat area for larger items.

The SES trim also features some special interior appointments, with sport seats and unique copper colored trim pieces to spice things up. The top trims feature two USB ports low in the console for charging personal electronics along with a 12-volt socket. Optional is a 110-volt household outlet, plus a second 12-volt socket for the backseat.

Under the Hood

Two engine choices will be available. First is a turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost engine like the one found in the Ford Focus and Fiesta, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission; it sends power to the front wheels only. The optional engine is a larger non-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that will include all-wheel drive as standard.

The 2.0-liter will be standard equipment on the SES model, in keeping with that trim's sportier demeanor, but the top Titanium can be had in either three-cylinder or four-cylinder guise. Ford did not provide horsepower or fuel economy ratings for the powertrains, and likely will not until closer to the car's on-sale date, more than a year away.
 


2018 EcoSport Video

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most comfortable car I have owned.

by SonnieP from Cushing, OK on August 13, 2018

This car has met all of my needs. I like the comfort and the style of the car. I love having the navigation system. I like having a crossover and being higher up. Read full review

(5.0)

LOVE THIS CAR!

by Missy from Canton on August 13, 2018

I have been looking for a car to suit my needs for awhile now. I have had this car for over a month and couldn't be happier. The things it comes with in the standard package surprised me! I didn't ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Ford EcoSport currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Ford EcoSport has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The EcoSport received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

B

Infant seat

C

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
For complete details,

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker