2018 Ford EcoSport

2018 Ford EcoSport

2018 Ford EcoSport

After a decade in production elsewhere in the world, Ford's popular and cool subcompact crossover, the 2018 Ford EcoSport, is finally available in America.

Why Buy the Ford EcoSport?

Unlike a number of rivals in the subcompact crossover segment, the EcoSport offers buyers plenty of options so they can get the EcoSport that's right for them. Instead of just being a take-it or leave-it affair with a single powertrain and very limited trim levels, the EcoSport is available in four trim levels, with two different engines and the choice of drivetrains.

The beauty of this model is that it does a little of everything. If you're out and about beyond the confines of the urban jungle, you'll have more capability, but it's also as perky and maneuverable as a subcompact car when you are in the city.

Are the EcoSports 4WD or AWD?

The Ford might not be a really serious off-roader, but it's certainly capable of handling more than a slightly gravelly dirt track when needed. That's because, unlike a number of subcompact crossovers these days, the EcoSport is available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive formats.

There's a big difference between four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, though. The all-wheel drive system here can provide excellent handling in challenging road conditions, and can handle a little of the rough stuff when called upon. However, there are no differential locks and adjustable ride-heights for hardcore off-roading.

What Can the EcoSport Tow?

If you are intending to do some serious towing, other Fords out there are far more capable than the EcoSport. That doesn't mean it can't handle a few light duty towing tasks if it really has to.

The 1.0-liter engine isn't going to allow you to tow a 40-foot power boat with three 250 horsepower outboards on the back, but it will allow you to tow a modest trailer for a dirt bike or similar as its maximum towing capacity is rated at 1,400 pounds. But if you go for an EcoSport with the 2.0-liter engine, the rating then goes up to a much more usable 2,000 pounds.

Which EcoSport Should I Buy?

You'll get a little more choice with the EcoSport than with many of its rivals. For a start, four different trim levels begin with the base S model and then go upwards through SE, SES, and finally to the top-of-the-range Titanium trim level.

Buyers then have a choice of two different engines and ten colors to make the EcoSport into a vehicle to reflect your needs and personality. If value for money and low running costs are your priority, the 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine is a great choice. But if driving fun and performance is what you want from your subcompact crossover, the 2.0-liter unit delivers in spades. Either way, the EcoSport won't break the bank in any of its trim levels, so why not splash out on this one and go for all the goodies contained with a high-spec model?