Like every vehicle in the subcompact crossover class, the EcoSport is small. But there's plenty about the EcoSport that makes this crossover feel larger than its exterior dimensions suggest. The EcoSport comes hot off the heels of a complete redesign in 2018. As you might expect, little has changed from last year, except some standard features have moved down the trim levels, such as the SE gaining wiper de-icers and the SES and Titanium trims getting heated side mirrors and steering wheel. In this guide to the EcoSport, we'll show you how the EcoSport, despite its size, feels big. Except the price, of course.
Cavernous Cargo Area
Let us direct you to the cavernous cargo area on the Ford EcoSport. Just open the back-remember the door opens from right to left instead of bottom to top-and you'll find plenty of room. We're talking 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space when all seats are up, expanding to 50 cubic feet when you fold them down. In this class, that's a tremendous amount of room.
Sitting Tall in the Front Seat
Once you get over how much space there is in the back, hop into the front. The first thing you'll notice is how tall the driver's seat feels. If you like a commanding view of the road, that's certainly a plus. A clear view also allows you to see oncoming obstacles before a potential impact.
As you look over the dash, you'll find the SYNC3 infotainment system ready to please. SYNC3 really is one of the best systems in the business. This system has a fast response time, intuitive layout and controls, and, while the physical controls lie a bit of a reach, the touch screen is right where it should be.
Not So Tiny Towing Capacity
There's an unspoken rule that the smaller a sport utility vehicle is, the less likely it is to have any towing capacity. But the EcoSport defies the rule. There's 2,000 pounds of trailering capability in this pint-sized powerhouse. That's more than many of the rivals in its class, some of which aren't slated to tow anything at all.
Itty Bitty Price
The standard 2019 Ford EcoSport is just under $20,000. That makes the EcoSport more affordable than the Kia Niro, Mazda CX-3, Buick Encore, Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, and more.
The base model comes with standard Ford MyKey, rearview camera, and SYNC with 4.2-inch display, two USB ports, and six-speaker audio system. We recommend upgrading to get the better SYNC3 system, available on the EcoSport SE, SES, and Titanium trims. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on the SE, while Wi-Fi hot spot is standard on the SES trim level.
The Ford EcoSport is a lot of SUV in a small frame. To riff off a familiar phrase, objects in mirror really are bigger than they appear.