Go small and live big.
That’s what you get with purchase of the all-new, 2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium AWD compact SUV.
Ford, as you may have read, is shifting soon to an all-truck and SUV manufacturer – with the exception of its venerable, and ever popular, Mustang. As it’s name implies, the EcoSport is engineered to deliver both economy and fun.
“EcoSport is our smallest SUV, designed for active customers who need a compact, connected vehicle that enables richer experiences with family and friends,” said Chantel Lenard, executive director, Ford U.S. marketing.
EcoSport comes in S, SE, SES and top-of-the-line Titanium trim levels. It provides consumers with an affordable, domestic option in this highly competitive market niche.
Packed with personality, customers can choose either the award-winning, 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost, or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. My tester was the 2.0-liter mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The personalization possibilities of EcoSport, for those concerned with such things, include 10 exterior color choices and seven standard ambient lighting options.
EcoSport seats four adults in comfort, (my wife was less convinced) with the rear-cargo area accessed with a pushbutton near the right rear turn signal. The door swings open (not up) and the area features a storage shelf that can be raised or lowered to accommodate your need du jour.
I was able to squeeze a fully assembled five-burner gas grille into the back when the 60/40 split second-row seats were folded flat. Golf bags only fit with the second-row folded flat. Grocery bags, however, were an easy fit.
Titanium brings plenty of creature comfort to the table including leather seats, moon roof, navigation system, satellite radio, rear-view camera, intelligent access, pushbutton start, heated seats and steering wheel, premium audio and more.
Other goodies include SYNC 3 with LCD capacitive touch screen, AppLink, 911 Assist, Wi-Fi hotspot, and two smart-charging USB ports and two 12-volt power outlets.
Adding to the EcoSport’s functionality are rear privacy glass, roof rack side rails, tow hooks, trailer tow-prep wiring, fog lamps and steering wheel-mounted cruise control.
Full-time all-wheel drive provides versatility and peace of mind regardless of season and auto start-stop is packaged in tandem. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac with roll stability control, hill-start assist, blind-spot monitoring system safety canopy side-air curtain technology for first and second rows, side thorax airbags for rear passengers and SOS post-crash alert system.
Optional equipment added to my tester white platinum tri-coat paint ($595), cold-weather package ($340) and 17-inch premium painted machined aluminum wheels ($595).
Base Price: $27,240.
Price As Driven: $29,765
Price With Available Incentives: $26,420
Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.