2021 Ford EcoSport

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2021 Ford EcoSport
2021 Ford EcoSport

Key specs

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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

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Our 2021 Ford EcoSport trim comparison will help you decide.

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 4.8
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


Love my Ecosport

I love my 2021 Ecosport. It’s cute, comfortable and it serves perfect fit for me and my family. The price was in my budget. Highly recommend


Ford Motor Company has a winning small SUV!

For the money, it’s a decent buy! I am averaging almost 30 mpg! It handles well! Acceleration is fair. Again, not a bad buy!!! Get one, asap!


Handles like a ford focus. Great value SUV.

I purchased this vehicle after I realized that I needed a reliable SUV with 4 wheel drive to survive 4 seasons living on the East Coast. I got the 2021 Ford Ecosport SE AWD version. It is equipped with everything I need. As a single woman with a small dog, it has enough room for a small dog carrier and can easily be adjusted on the interior to accommodate me if I need to sleep in it overnight. Although it does not have leather features, it does have perfect lighting, heated seats, a moonroof, and a large lit up screen that displays radio and sirius radio modes. Also, it easily picks up bluetooth signal from my Samsung galaxy smartphone and makes hands free calling possible as I am driving on the freeway. Very cool! The heating, A/C, and defrost system is exceptional and the ride overall is very smooth. However, on bumpy terrain it does not ride as well. The field of vision is excellent with all blind spots covered by excellent mirror system all around and it is equipped with a backup camera that alerts driver of any possible collisions before they occur. Also, the drivers dashboard display quickly alerts driver of slippery or icy road conditions so driver may choose to select the 'S' or 4WD option while traveling. The vehicle also has several USB ports as well as a cigarette lighter port which can also be used as a charger. Although the trunk space is smaller, it is adequate for grocery shopping and or to store a bug out bag. On top of the vehicle are railings appropriate to mount a sports rack for small boats, skiis, a pop- up canopy, or bicycles. The rear trunk door opens like a regular door to the side so it is easy not to accidentally bump your chin while placing items after shopping. The seats do not easily adjust horizontally although it is easy to move seats backwards and forwards. The rear seat can easily be adjusted flat so as to create more cabin room, especially if driver needs to sleep inside the vehicle even with a pet kennel. The vehicle does ride kinda high up and the wheels are a little bit small for vehicle design yet overall this model is very easy to navigate and is surprisingly nimble and able to get out of bad driving situations easily. It handles almost exactly like a ford focus. I give it 4 stars overall.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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