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2021 Ford EcoSport

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$20,395

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

28

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

161.3” x 64.8”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available
  • High seating positions front and rear
  • Steering feedback
  • Flip-down head restraints aid visibility
  • Straightforward controls

The bad:

  • Ride quality on bumpy roads
  • Unrefined powertrains
  • Side-hinged rear swing gate bad for urban parking
  • Fuel economy
  • No automatic braking system
  • Backseat knee room

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Ford EcoSport trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Turbo three-cylinder or four-cylinder engine
  • 8-inch touchscreen available
  • Heated steering wheel available

2021 Ford EcoSport review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Ford EcoSport?

The EcoSport is the smallest SUV in Ford’s lineup. It seats five and offers a choice of two engines: a 123-horsepower, turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder in front-wheel-drive versions and a 166-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder in four-wheel-drive models. Both engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Chevrolet Trax.

What’s New on the 2021 Ford EcoSport?

SE trim levels and above get a cargo cover and package tray, and an optional appearance package for the SE trim includes a six-way power driver’s seat, 17-inch aluminum wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and orange accents on the dash and seats. Optional Overlander decals for the hood, sides and swing gate are available for SE and Titanium trims.  

What Features in the 2021 Ford EcoSport Are Most Important?

  • Standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required after data trial) 
  • Available 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity 
  • Available navigation system
  • Available blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert 

Should I Buy the 2021 Ford EcoSport?

EcoSport highlights include its tall seating position, simple controls and steering feel, but it also has some significant negative characteristics. These include ride quality on bumpy roads, unrefined powertrains that don’t get great gas mileage and a tight backseat. The subcompact SUV class has grown in recent years, so it’s worth your while to check out the competition to find the one that’s right for you.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 4.1
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value 3.8
  • Exterior 4.1
  • Reliability 4.0
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Most recent consumer reviews

1.0

It’s a bad don’t buy car it

I buy a 2021 ford ecosports then when got to 68718 miles then the engine oil pressure came on the the dash of the car and the one warranty that come with car was over at 60k but when I was looking line find out there a recall on this car for engine oil pressure.the call the ford recall abt this find out that the part won’t be available intill April or June 2024 I had it tow to dealership find out it need another engine for it and will cost abt 10k to get it fix will I don’t have 10k or be qualify for any finances help . On paper I got from ford saying it might engine seize well my engine is bad so I don’t understand I need wait so long To get fixed don’t understand why ford don’t have less 100k warranty that came with car with paying more out the pocket for more warranty I need get this car fix I got kids and I work ever day now my car sit at the dealership I guess intill the notice come out for the recall then deal ship they don’t have any loaner for me to used and don’t have money for rental car intill the notice comes out get so this silly I get new that only last abt 69k that’s dumb ,. I don’t who else need write abt this problem ,.so anyone know any emails to write abt this post .. I can’t wait that long for the notice I need the car now for my family

2.0

Not impressed

I have had issues. The radio don’t always come on for a bit. Had to have the heater fan or something replaced it still lags sometimes. The speakers crack I believe do to the electric issues I heard them crackle on day. I started out like it but first had to have the fuel pump or something replaced I was using the e gas it says and it ended up messing up the fuel system.

5.0

A real blast to drive...

My mom had a kid pull out in front of her Taurus and they totaled it, so She asked me to find a car. Found the Ecosport as a used car at a good price. Dealer installed Factory style leather seat covers in place of the cloth. Ma got to drive it twice and it was passed to me. I'm glad I picked it. Tests show 0-60 in 10-11 seconds with the little 3 cylinder. I made it in 12 but going a little up hill. It has enough pep for running around but gets fantastic mileage. I teased my wife when I fill up for $23 and get 300+ miles and she fills her jeep for $60 and shows 285 miles. I traded from a lifted 2 door jeep to the Ecosport and I am happy driving it. I upgraded the radio from the 4" to the 8" with nav. Great choice...A great little fun driver. I got in the back seat to see if the reviews were right and I had plenty of leg room for a small car. I'm 5'11" and 200# but everything fits well. I like the fact that I don't have to crawl in like my sons Subaawoo. I get in and out with ease due to the tall stance. I'm planning to put on All Terrain tires when the time comes.

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Safety

Based on the 2021 Ford EcoSport base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
20.4%
Rollover rating
3
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Powertrain
Available
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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