Consumer Reports Pays Edge Money For A Ford EcoSport, Declares It A Big Let-Down

Subcompact crossovers have really caught on the past few years, to the point that oractically every major automaker has one.

Ford’s entry in this segment is the EcoSport – and it appears that ‘eco’ isn’t pronounced the way you’d expect it, but more like ‘echo’.

Consumer Reports made this statement after paying $28,130 for their very own ‘EchoSport‘. That’s just $1,185 shy of the larger Edge in base form, so one might expect the subcompact model to be quite good. After all, it costs big bucks in this grade.

However, the reviewer found the entry-level engine to be quite underpowered. Moreover, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder that powers their car, making 166 horsepower, isn’t much of an improvement. As they point out, the EcoSport is neither ‘eco’ nor ‘sport’, and the transmission is not well-tuned either.

Still, it is surprisingly fun to drive, thanks to its limited body roll and quick steering. These make it feel somewhat like a sportier car and not a narrow and small SUV. They add that it can handle the occasional muddy trail, too, and can also tow up to 2,000 pounds (907 kg).

Ford facelifted the second-gen EcoSport last year and tried to bill it as a new model. It has a starting price of $19,995, whereas the 2018 Hyundai Kona, for example, is $995 more affordable.

As expected, due to its size, the cabin is very cramped. The driving position is odd, there’s not enough space on the rear bench for taller passengers and the cargo space is not that large. The tailgate swings out instead of up, so operating it when there’s another car parked behind your EcoSport could be quite of a challenge.

Finally, CR names the safety equipment “a big let-down”, stressing that one needs to pay extra to have certain features such as blind spot warning or rear-cross traffic alert. Others, such as automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning, aren’t available at all.

  • supermanuel

    The Ecosport is a car that seems capable of disappointing at any price point.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      All I have to do is look at it to be disappointed.

    • Dennis Scipio

      It was last redesigned in 2013, what did you expect?

      • TrevP

        But it was just introduced to the US

        • Dennis Scipio

          Well, the only people who make comments like that are the ones who probably never even test drive it themselves. I myself haven’t driven the vehicle, so I couldn’t say anything bad from how it looks.

          • TrevP

            But you made a comment about how it looks and I liked your comment, cause I agree. I was just saying that the Ecosport was just introduced to the US this year is all.

          • Dennis Scipio

            Oh, right.

          • supermanuel

            ‘Well, the only people who make comments like that are the ones who probably never even test drive it themselves’. Interesting comment.

            Who said anything about ‘looks’?

            What about people who can read published reviews of product and can formulate an idea about something based on those reviews? I wasn’t commenting on the cars looks but it’s quality as a product. I’ve not read a good review of this car. When it was launched in Europe in 2014 it was only on sale for a year before they hastily revamped it because it was so noticeably sub-par. It’s a budget product intended for emerging markets that has been thrust upon more sophisticated markets to plug holes in the Ford range.

          • Dennis Scipio

            Crap, I meant to say how it performs, not looks. Dammit.

      • PhilMcGraw

        Do you mean complete redesign? Because the car was most definitely updated in 2016. It just has not undergone a full redesign (i.e. new platform, etc.)

      • supermanuel

        I didn’t ‘expect’ anything.

      • dumblikeyou2

        So you’re saying that Ford continues to produce a sucky car dating back to 2013? Gotcha.

  • Harry Nimmergut

    Car&Driver thought it was pretty bad in its June issue. My dealer has one on the lot, a Titanium with AWD, that has a dealer markup to take it over $32K. Even the one tested here is outrageously overpriced. I’ve yet to see one on the roads. Only the Ford die-hard fan boys defend it.

    • smartacus


    • willhaven

      I’m a diehard Ford fan and I could never defend this car, but then again I generally don’t defend any SUV. This car is shit all around and now that Ford is discontinuing small cars in the US only to give us this garbage is further proof that the EcoShart is typical Ford mediocrity

  • ProtectOurHeritage

    The EcoSport was designed and originally built for developing nations like Brazil. Ford’s One policy has been a huge failure, yet people still buy their trash.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      I agree…what crap.

    • LWOAP

      That would explain the current Ranger.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    It’s made in India! What did they expect? This and their recent strategy is a huge fail from Ford during a time when they were so on top.

  • roy

    The problem is not the made in India part. The problem is it was built to compete a class lower and not with Hyundai kona and such…. But the pricing is a bit too much for this car

  • Shtekeris

    I like it, but at that price point – naaah man, nope.

  • Luc Helterbrand

    I saw one on the road the other day…it look really awkward. If this is the best Ford can offer up when they eliminate all their small cars then they are going to be in a heap of trouble. How is it that smaller less profitable automakers can make so much better looking and behaving vehicles in this category? (thinking Mazda and Honda and Subaru!)

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    This thing is a huge stinking pile of …
    The original just couldn’t sell in the UK.
    The “redesign” is like rolling a turd in glitter.

  • Stephen G

    Top of the line Trax 29K and Renegade 35K. 32K doesn’t sound out of line, totally ridiculous but not out of line.

  • I saw this car on the road and couldn’t believe my eyes, a wheel chair has bigger rims than the toy wheels on this thing…


    So this is how Ford plans on “reinventing the American car” huh?


    • Dennis Scipio

      But crossovers are essentially llifted up cars. they’re built on car platforms that’s what a crossover is. Secondly, they released the EcoSport in the USA months before they ever considered getting rid of sedans in the USA.

  • Honda NSX-R

    CR should’ve thought twice before spending that much money on an Ecosport, they should’ve known what they were gonna get lol

  • kachuks

    Too bad people are too dumb to realize they can probably get better looks, performance, and almost comparable utility from a wide range of hatchbacks on the market.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      BuT KaCHuCKS, SuvS ArE saFEr!!!!

  • Brent Morrison

    28K for a jacked up Fiesta. LoL

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    What do you expect from a car that is originally designed for emerging markets? And how did it reach 28k USD? In the Philippines you can get that car in the price of a kia rio

  • brn

    First, they shouldn’t have purchased a $28K version of a subcompact “echo” CUV. Doing so will always lead to disappointment.

    Second, the EcoSport isn’t that bad. It’s a perfectly good little vehicle for what it’s intended to be. For reasons I don’t understand, it’s way overpriced. There’s little reason to buy it, when you could buy an Escape for the same money.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Are we really that surprised?

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